DepositFurnishing Sustainable Photography Storage

SFMOMA requests a $350,000 NEH SCHC implementation grant to enhance the preservation and use of its distinguished photography collection, numbering 16,000 objects. The proposed project includes purchase and installation of storage furniture for two new vaults, the Cold Storage Vault and the Study Center Storage Vault, which will house the entire photography collection within the museum’s building and allow for collection growth from 2012-2027. These storage systems and vaults are integral to a larger museum building expansion project that complies with the City of San Francisco Green Building Ordinance, among the nation’s most rigorous codes for reduction of waste in the built environment. Successful completion of the project addresses key priorities in SFMOMA’s 2012-2018 strategic plan: advancing sustainable preservation practices for the photography collection, and increasing access to and fostering use of the photography collection by the public and scholars.

DepositReview The Concept of Non Photography by Francois Laruelle Prabuddha Bharata August 2017

In this bilingual edition with the original French, François Laruelle envisions a discipline of non-photography by concentrating on what photography is and not what it becomes. He emphasises the immanence of photography as opposed to its externality. He concludes that there is an ‘a priori photographic intuition’ and that a ‘photographic apparatus does not transform one into the other the real and the image, but produces images from other images’ (116–7).

DepositThe Photobook in the face of Pervasive Digital Resources: Is there an enduring need for the physical book amongst students of photography?

Photography students and the specific information resources they use represent a relatively unexplored area in the Library and Information Science literature. The intention of this study is to explore the relevance of the physical photobook and digital resources to this specific audience. A mixed method, pragmatic approach was deemed the most appropriate means by which to establish an initial understanding of the research issues upon which further research may be based. Interviews were conducted with subject librarians, a higher education photography lecturer and photography programme graduates in order to form a holistic understanding of the relevance of and issues associated with the photobook and photography resources within the digital information ecology. The findings of these interviews inform the design and content of a web based survey instrument which was administered to current photography students and graduates from higher education photography courses in the UK. The findings provide insight into a previous unexplored area. Despite the small sample size, the findings of this study indicate that the photobook is a resource of particular significance to students of photography, especially with relation to inspiration and insight into the work and practice of photographers. The surveyed students indicated a preference for the photobook when engaging with the work of photographers which is rooted in the physical properties of the book and its role as a medium for presenting photographs in which aspects such as sequencing and narrative were deemed to be of importance. Various correlations are apparent between critical perspectives in both the photography related and LIS literature consulted. The findings reveal the surveyed students to be users of the libraries at their respective institutions with photobooks being the primary motivation for their visits.