LIFE AND SURVIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHIES IN ARCHIVES

An event organized by the Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse (RAK)
in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Photographie (DGPh) (German Society of Photography) and the Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal

September 20, 2013 – Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal – 11:00 am–5:00 pm

The most interesting photography loses its importance when is cannot be seen.  When it remains hidden in the collector’s secret drawers, it can only be enjoyed by the owner.  Only shown in an open and public institution can it serve to educate the masses. Are archives and museums in a position to help these documents to attain a second life?  Is there a perfect way to do this?  And what about the “Anti-Aging” of photographs?

The purpose of this Meeting was the study of questions concerning archival procedures and the utilization of photographs and photographical legacies with a special view to North-Rhine/Westfalian Institutions.

Further points of discussion were net-work models for the conservation of photographs in Germany and in Switzerland , as well as the survival of the images from an art historical and praxis oriented viewpoint. Along with this, models of usage were discussed , as well as conservation and copyright questions.

The multitude of exceptional photographic works among the biographical collections of the Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse consequently lead to the Archive’s addition of photographic oeuvre legacies to their holdings. From the beginning, they also collected written documentary legacies from these photographers. Motivated by this development and the related, now more extensive field of involvement, the Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse, in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Photographie (DGPh) (German Society of Photography) organized a symposium on September 20, 2013, dedicated to the study of the life cycle of these photographies.  A documentation of this event will appear in the publication “annoRAK”.

The speakers were:

Dr. Jens Bove in representation of Deutsche Photothek, Dresden
Prof. Dr. Gertrude Cepl-Kaufmann, Rheinisches Archiv fur Kuenstlernachlaesse
Dr. Beate Eickhoff, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal – concerning the legacy of Eugen Batz of the Sparde-Bank West
Dr. Gerhard Finckh, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal
Dr. Christiane E. Fricke, Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Photographie
Kay Heymer, Museum Kunstpalast, Duesseldorf, in representation of the Archiv Kuenstlerischer Fotographie der rheinischen Kunstszene
Dr. Adelheid Komenda, in representation of Gesellschaft Photo-Archiv e.V. Bonn
Sabine Krell, Stadtarchiv Bonn, - concerning the income model of a public archive
Elias Kreyenbuehl, Staatsarchiv Basel-Stadt, - concerning net-works for the conservation of photography in Switzerland
Sebastian Lux in representation of the Stiftung  F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg
Wolfgang Lorentz, Dpl. Wirtschaftsjurist, - concerning copyright and production protection laws
Klaus Pollmeier, Hochschule Anhalt, Dessau – concerning expenditure and usefulness of photo conservation
Prof. Dr. Rolf Sachsse, Hochschule der Bildenden Kuenste Saar – concerning the legacy of Heinz Hajek-Halke
Boris Schafgans for the Archiv zur Geschichte der Lichtbildateliers Schafgans
Daniel Schuetz for the Rheinisches Archiv fuer Kuenstlernachlaesse

Moderators:

Dr. Christiane E. Fricke (DGPh); Dr. Hans M. Schmidt (RAK)