ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTIONS. Definitions, Descriptions, Access
January 19‐ January 21, 2012
Ryerson Image Centre, Ryerson University
Présentation de Doina Popescu :
“The symposium has been made possible through the generous support of Les Amis de la Bibliothèque Clémentine, the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation and the Consulat Général de France à Toronto
Photographic collections and photographic objects are questioning and challenging curators, collectors and photographic dealers in their daily work. Art historians have long been faced with having to identify the hand of the master painter or sculptor among those of his/her students; in the same regard, photographic historians are now working with portraits from Nadar’s studio and images by Man Ray printed long after his death. This issue of
authorship raises the question of object/image‐dating: How does one write a proper caption? Photography questions the idea of the original, which is very important to the process of collecting: Should one collect negatives or prints? Which prints should be collected?
In the last two decades, questions related to this multifaceted aspect of the photographic object have generated extensive research about the appropriate vocabulary used to describe photographs: a vocabulary that would evade photographic ubiquities and which would facilitate knowledge exchanges; a vocabulary
that would precisely describe photographic objects and would aid curators and collectors with their collections; a vocabulary that would better facilitate access to the general public, not only to the image but also to the picture − the original print.
The ‘Toronto Convention. ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTIONS: Definitions, Descriptions, Access’ aims to share this research, to engage in new discussions and to contribute to the establishment of a precise photographic vocabulary. Curators, collectors, conservators, photographic dealers and scholars will present lectures and will take part in panel discussions from Thursday, January 19th, 2012 to Saturday, January 21st, 2012. A publication gathering important definitions is planned as a follow‐up to the symposium”
PROGRAM THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012 WELCOME
6:00 p.m. – Executive member of Ryerson University, ‘Welcoming Speech’
6:15 p.m. – Doina Popescu, Director, Ryerson Image Centre, ‘Research Activities at the RIC’
6:30 p.m. – Thierry Gervais, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ryerson University, ‘Introduction’
6:45 p.m. – Opening keynote address by Professor Marta Braun, Ryerson University, ‘Eadweard
Muybridge’s Photographic Objects’
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012 DESCRIBING PHOTOGRAPHS
(moderator: Sophie Hackett, Assistant Curator of Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto)
9:45 a.m. – Tony Cairns, Curator of Photographs, Archive of Modern Conflict (London, UK), ‘A Collection of Cyanotypes’
11:00 a.m. – François Cheval, Chief Curator, Musée Nicéphore‐Niépce (Chalon‐sur‐Saône, France), ‘The Advantage of An Inaccurate Vocabulary’
11:45 a.m. – Paul Messier, Conservator of Photographs (Boston), ‘Black and White ?’
11:45 a.m. – Steven Manford, Man Ray Research Scholar, ‘Man Ray, Kiki With the African Mask, 1925’
2:00 p.m. – Anne Cartier‐Bresson, Conservator and Director of the Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies de la Ville de Paris, ‘The Technical Vocabulary of Photography’
3:00 p.m. – ‘Definitions of Old and Contemporary Photographic Techniques’ ‐ Panel Discussion lead by Grant Romer – Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, New Orleans Museum of Art – John P. McElhone, Chief Conservator, National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) – Maia Sutnik, Curator of Photographs, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2012 ORGANIZING PHOTOGRAPHS (moderator: Thierry Gervais)
9:00 a.m. – Serge Plantureux, Director of the Bibliothèque Clémentine (Paris), ‘General System of Classification of Photographic Positive Prints’
9:45 a.m. – Francesca Bonetti, Curator of Photographs, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica (Roma), ‘Describing and Cataloguing Photographs: An Italian Standard’
11:00 a.m. – Paul Louis Roubert, Assistant Professor at the Université Paris VIII and President of the Société Française de Photographie (Paris), ‘The Société Française de Photographie and Nineteenth Century French Photography: From Classification to Research’
11:45 a.m. – Amanda Shear, Collections Coordinator of Photographs, Archive of Modern Conflict (Toronto), ‘The Toronto AMC Photographic Collection’
2:00 p.m. – Nora Kennedy, Conservator of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), ‘The Development and Use of the Photograph Information Record’
3:00 p.m. – ‘The Needs of a Curator of Photographs’ ‐ Panel Discussion lead by Stephen Bulger, President, Stephen Bulger Gallery (Toronto) – Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) – Dominique de Font‐Réaulx, Curator, Musée du Louvre (Paris), Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs, George Eastman House (Rochester) – Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).
Aussi, une exposition fut organisée dans un restauration pour présenter en marge de la convention, le livre de Cairine Fong, décrit par ailleurs dans l’article 01.04.2008.