(In)visibilities, Omissions and Discoveries: Archival Absences in Life Magazine and Beyond

(In)visibilities, Omissions and Discoveries: Archival Absences in Life Magazine and Beyond
April 30 / 4:00 pm EST / Zoom webinar, RSVP required

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In conjunction with the Princeton University Art Museum’s exhibition LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography, the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, and the Humanities Council’s Archival Silences Working Group present a workshop on the construction of, and research utilizing, image archives. Panelists will focus on discoveries, invisibilities, and active omissions in a range of photographic (or photo-heavy) archives. Discussion will focus on the ways that archives like Life’s are constructed, who is represented in the archives, and who is absent. Collections considered will include Ebony, Jet, the Works Progress Administration, New Jersey newspapers, and more. 

Participants Include: 

  • Katherine Bussard, Princeton University Art Museum
  • Erika Doss, American Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Julia Foulkes, History, The New School
  • Brenna Wynn Greer, History, Wellesley College
  • Alison Isenberg, History, Princeton University
  • Kinohi Nishikawa, English/African American Studies, Princeton University 
  • Emma Sarconi, Reference Professional for Special Collections, Princeton University 

Photo Credit: Unknown photographer, Life photo editor Natalie Kosek reviews photographs, 1946. Gelatin silver print. LIFE Picture Collection.