I have a confession: I am a bit of a vampire of sorts. I feed on Te Papa’s Photography collection – I use it to think and process ideas, to research and to write. Over the last year I have focused on what I believe counts: connections between photography and small stories about people and places, especially in the regions, which are distinct places with unique and fluid histories. I have written blogs on:
However, as the year comes to an end, I am saddened by the news of the proposed budget cuts at the Library of Birmingham in the UK – a place photography critic and writer, Francis Hodgson calls ‘the very centre of British photography’. It prompts me again to think about the importance of speaking for photography and not just using it as illustration.
I am hopeful about 2015 and the opportunity next year offers to continue to speak for photography as an experience and not simply a retelling of a static set of facts and processes.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Lissa Mitchell – Curator Historical Documentary Photography
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