Some Photography/Art Response and Recovery Resources

For collectors of photographs, whether individuals or institutions, there are several good resources on disaster recovery.

Smithsonian’s Cultural Rescue Initiative

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

*Field Guide to Emergency Response videos

salvage photos
Water Segment video, AICHA

CERF+ The Artists Safety Net video

As Hurricanes Descend, Top Conservators Set Up an Emergency Hotline—and App—to Rescue Waterlogged Art – Artnews 9/8/17

Clock is ticking to dry out and salvage flood-damaged possessions left in wake of Hurricane Harvey – Houston Chronicle 9/4/17

 

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Gordon Parks Photography Collection to be housed at State University of New York at Purchase

The collection of photographic prints and negatives produced by photographer and filmmaker, Gordon Parks, will be housed at the library of the State University of New York at Purchase. Currently held at The Gordon Parks Foundation, a division of the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation, the collection contains 4,000 prints and 20,000 negatives, as reported by The New York Times. The State University of New York at Purchase will make the collection accessible to the general public and scholars.

The Parks collection is accompanied by 100,000 images of the Civil War produced by Matthew Brady, Timothy O’Sullivan, and Alexander Gardner, as well as a collection of photographs by fellow Life magazine photographer, Ed Clark, all overseen by the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation.

Gordon Parks, "American Gothic" 1942
Gordon Parks, "American Gothic" 1942 © Gordon Parks

Collecting Photography: ArtCast at Authentic Contemporary Art

An “ArtCast” on Collecting Photography is found on the website of Authentic Contemporary Art, a Washington, D.C. based firm that specializes in exhibiting emerging contemporary artists and mentoring fine art collectors through gallery visits, workshops, and special events. The Collecting Photography “ArtCast” features photographer and former gallery manager, Camille Mosley-Palsey, owner of Pasley Place Photography, a full-service photography studio specializing in portraits, fine art photography, and exhibitions.

Texas African American Photography Archive

I came across this archive on African diaspora photography today and thought you might be interested: The Texas African American Photography (TAAP) Archive

From TAAP’s website:
…TAAP provides a broad overview of African American photography in the urban and rural areas of Texas, spanning the period from the 1870s to the present and representing a variety of processes and makers. The Archive is unique in its comprehensiveness, and consists of over 50,000 photographic negatives and prints and more than 20 oral histories collected from African American photographers. Most of the items in the Archive have been donated by the photographers and their families, while others have been acquired from private collections…The TAAP Archive focuses on the growth and development of vernacular and community photography among African Americans in Texas. The material in the Collection elucidates the context of social gatherings, including weddings, funerals, Juneteenth parades, church services, high school and college graduations, neighborhood businesses, and day-to-day activities in African American communities around the state. In addition, the images chronicle social protests and political demonstrations. The Collection includes work by identified photographers from around the state as well as photographs by unidentified picture makers.

Contact the Archive at (214)-823-8824.