LOOK! My Family.
Paradiso, Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam, 26 september 2013, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
on individual and collective identity
This symposium provides a background to two exhibitions in the Amsterdam City Archives:
- Photo Studio Merkelbach. Portraits 1913-1969 on the famous historic photo studio at the Leidsepleinin Amsterdam and
- Studio Portraits 2013,results of photography commissionsfor which Erwin Olaf, Blommers/Schummand Petra Stavastmade new work that reflects on the portraitsby Studio Merkelbach.
The theme of the symposiumLook! My Family is the central theme of the national Photo Weekthat takes place for the first time in the Netherlands from 19 through 29 September, by analogy with the since 1932 existing Dutch Book Week.
1:00 pm doors open
1:20 pm welcome by Maartje van den Heuvel (Leiden University/Scherptediepte/NFg)
1:30 pm Nicky van Banning (art historian, assistant curator Amsterdam City Archives) Photo Studio Merkelbach. Portraits 1913-1969. On the Amsterdam Studio Merkelbach, in which the capital’s society had itself portrayed.
1:50 pm Brigitte Lardinois (Deputy Director, PARCPhotography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts, London). The Reeves photo studio in Lewes (UK), started in 1858 and maybethe oldest surviving studio in the world.
2:10 pm Thunnis van Oort (media historian, guest curator Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar)On the Alkmaar photo studio, run from 1939 through 1972by the excentric sisters Tonny en Sophie Vlaanderen (exhibition in Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, 21 september 2013 - 19 januari 2014)
2:30 pm break
2:50 pm Val Williams (PARC Photography and the Archive Research Centre University of the Arts, London) Curator of the exhibition Who’s looking at the Family in the Barbican Art Gallery in1994, of which the book is reissued soon.
3:20 pm Blommers/Schumm, photographers. On their Studio Portraits 2013commission results: a cross section of portraits from their photo studio in Amsterdam.
3:40 pm Petra Stavast, photographer. On her Studio Portraits 2013commission results: portraits of Amsterdam actors and actresses, shot with a test version of the already historic Siemens S75 mobile phone camera.
4:00 pm Erwin Olaf, photographer. On his Studio Portraits 2013commission results:
portraits of the Jewish community in Amsterdam, printed in the historic photographic process of the carbon print
4:20 pm drinks
5:00 pm end
5:30 pm doors close
Photography plays a key role in the construction and communication of identity. In the heydays of Studio Merkelbach, this was not different than it is today. Through this medium, personal and family histories are visually written, cherished and shared. In this symposium, various speakers shed light on the depiction of identity. They cover aspects of individual identity in the singular portrait and collective identity in the family portrait – taking into account that families, for example in societies as the capital’s, can be determined by descent as well aschosen.
Fee: 15 euro
This symposium is organized by:
- Scherptediepte network for researchers on photography and media culture in the low lands (NL and B) and publisher of Depth of Field open access journal for photography and media culture in the Low Countries: journal.depthoffield.eu
- NederlandsFotogenootschap network for public photography collections in the Netherlands
In partnership with:
- AmsterdamCity Archives
- (PARC)Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts, London