At the beginning of the 20th century population growth, urbanisation and housing shortage were challenges throughout Europe. Consequently, epidemics and even pandemics were common. However, during the same era, significant advances in medicine occurred, leading in more effective vaccines, antibiotics, and chemicals against vermin. Moreover, healthy lifestyle was promoted via campaigns, including educational posters. Simultaneously, the concept of the new, modern citizen evolved.
In our research project, we analyse and compare Finnish, German and Soviet posters educating citizens in improving their everyday habits, living environments and, in the end, their health. Our aim is to find out, what were the methods and means of the visual health education of the 20th century, and what kind of ideals were pictured in health promotion posters. We ask, how the posters were part of the visual construction of the modern citizen.
Flyer: Photographic Practices and the Making of Religion (Illustration based on a photogenic drawing on salted paper by Johann Carl Enslen, 1841)
Within the growing field of photography studies, particular interest has been devoted to the social and material qualities of photographs through which practices and meanings are produced. However, less attention has been given to the ways in which these qualities of photographs interact with and affect the sphere of religion. The aim of the conference is to investigate this relationship by showing that not only the visual information in photographs, but also their multi-material, sensorial, and haptic features play an important role in the shaping and transformation of religious communities, practices, and cults.
Concept and organisation: Moritz Lampe
Conference venue: Universität Leipzig, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Dittrichring 18-20, D-04109 Leipzig
Friday, November 25
16.00 Moritz Lampe (Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Leipzig)
Welcome and Introduction
Processes of migration and flight after 2015 and their depiction, perception and distribution through photography form the initial point of the workshop and subsequent publication Nomadic Camera. The research project seeks to investigate the technical, medial and aesthetic relationship of photography and contemporary migration, historical exile and flight as the pivotal discursive setting in which specific forms of mobility extending from the mid-nineteenth century to today have been negotiated.
The concept adapts the term ‘nomadic’ – a transitory form of existence – beyond static concepts of being and national boundaries (Demos 2017). ‘Nomadic’ refers to a form of mobility that establishes continuities and discontinuities with other terms, such as ‘travel’, ‘displacement’ and ‘exile’ (Kaplan 1996). At the same time, displacements are intrinsically related to experiences of connectivities and disconnectivities, including place-making and belonging, ruptures between life and work in the past and present, experiences of loss and challenges of beginnings.
Viewing photography as a formative part of this history of mobility and migration, we will examine the interconnection between the concepts of ‘nomadic’ and ‘camera’. From its introduction in the early-nineteenth century and throughout numerous technical developments and innovations, photography has been a mobile medium closely tied to equipment, social conditions and cultural framings. Setting out from this hypothesis, the workshop and publication “Nomadic Camera” will centre around the following questions: how are dislocations interconnected with the technical evolutions of the mobile medium of photography?
A photo-historical seminar for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, organized and led by Tatjana Bartsch (Bibliotheca Hertziana), Elizabeth Otto (University at Buffalo), Johannes Röll (Bibliotheca Hertziana), and Steffen Siegel (Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen)
Supported by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung, Essen
Deadline: October 20, 2022
Rome, Italy The Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History is a German research institute. It was founded by a donation of Henriette Hertz in 1912 as a Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Foto: Sonse, Rom, 15. November 2018. Quelle: Wikimedia Commons, Lizenz: CC BY 2.0
Photo-historical research engages a vast array of materials.
Das Jahrbuch für Geschichte des ländlichen Raumes / Rural History Yearbook 2024 ( widmet sich dem Thema Rural films – Filme in der ländlichen Gesellschaft.
Willkommen sind erstens Beiträge zur Suche, Erschließung, Sammlung und Archivierung von Filmmaterial. Neben Sammlungs- und Archivierungsprojekten geht es dabei auch um Fragen der Verzeichnung, der Beschreibung und der Vermittlung von filmischen Quellen.
Im Zentrum des zweiten Teils stehen Filme als Quelle der Geschichtsschreibung. Worin besteht der besondere Wert von historischem Filmmaterial zur Analyse und Beschreibung der Entwicklung des Agrarsektors, der ländlichen Gesellschaften, der Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur und sozialer Formationen auf dem Land seit dem späten 19. Jahrhundert?
Im dritten Teil schließlich geht es um Fragen der Verwendung von filmischem Material zur Kommunikation historischer Erkenntnisse und Erzählungen.
The conference aims to bring together the fields of history and comics studies more closely to deepen our understanding of visual representations not only as primary sources but also as a format of historiography. We emphasize the transnational approach to this topic, in the stories told as well as in the research about them, with a particular emphasis on the transatlantic perspectives.
Over the past decades, the academic study of historiographical as well as documentary and journalistic comics has become an established field of research. Pioneering comics researcher Joseph Witek argued in his study Comic Books as History (1989) that the (re-)presentation of the past in comics has been an integral element in the early transformations of comics culture during the 1970s that initiated the advent of the graphic novel. Since Art Spiegelman’s 1992 reception of the Pulitzer Prize for Maus, comics have received wider public attention and nonfiction graphic narratives can be considered a notable element of Western media culture, with historical events among the most prominent topics they explore. In fact, Maus has become such an established part of the teaching canon by now that it even found itself caught up in the culture wars after a Tennessee school board voted to remove the book from its eighth-grade curriculum, sparking international backlash.
Most recently, the continued transnational interest in documentary graphic narratives was visible in the awarding of the German Geschwister-Scholl-Preis in 2021 to Joe Sacco, another renowned U.S.
The conference explores the impact of historical film footage and photographs from Nazi atrocities on popular culture representations of the Holocaust, particularly on films, graphic novels, artworks, video games, and digital media.
Our memory of historical events, especially the Holocaust, is significantly shaped by films and other visual content. The conference explores the impact of historical film footage and photographs from Nazi atrocities on popular culture representations of the Holocaust, particularly on films, graphic novels, artworks, video games, and digital media. Artists, directors, creators, and producers from the local and international creative industries join scholars and researchers to discuss artistic methods of integrating, referencing, appropriating and curating liberation- and other Holocaust-related images and their effect on the memory of the Holocaust.
Screenshot TMG Journal for Media History
Screenshot TMG Journal for Media History
This special issue of TMG Journal for Media History examines what happens to pictures of the news and the way(s) we can see them when they are moved from the analogue to the digital realm. What do researchers of photojournalism gain and lose when the photographs we study are made accessible in a digital form? What kind of questions can we ask in and of the digital photojournalistic archive? Can computational techniques provide new kinds of access to and identify visual patterns in digitised photojournalistic collections? How does this change our understanding of the history of photojournalism?
Thomas Smits and Saskia Asser: The Great Unseen.
Byron Metos is a Greek collector based in Thessaloniki, whose interest focuses on war photography and more specifically on the photography of the two World Wars in Greece. Part of his collection is titled Balkan und Griechenland (Balkans and Greece) and comprises photographs taken mostly by German soldiers and officers, though also including those by itinerant photographers, during the years of the Nazi Occupation in the Balkans, which have originated from photo albums of German soldiers.
During the postwar era, these were acquired by an officer who had served in Greece as a member of the Health Service of the German army. A pensioner in a small town in what was then West Germany, many years after the War, he decided to trace his own route through the war by adding the photographs of his fellow soldiers to his own photographic souvenirs – a process he pursued until the end of his life, spending much time in tracing his former fellow soldiers or their relatives. After his death, the collection passed to his daughter, who, a year later, sold the section relating to Greece, namely almost three thousand (3,000) photographs, to Byron Metos, expressing, however, her wish to retain her family’s anonymity.
The following paper focuses on the part of the Metos Collection that refers to Thessaloniki. Roughly numbering more than 800 prints, this particular part of the collection formed the subject of an exhibition organized in February 2016 at the Museum of Byzantine Culture.
Teaser Workshop: Empowering Visions, Hannover 10th of June 2022
Take the opportunity to join our Symposium&Workshop Day „Empowering Visions – New Perspectives on Gender and Diversity in Photography“ on the 10th of June! Finally, we can supply you with all the information necessary to participate in the lectures and workshops and what you need to do to sign up.
On this day we want to explore how documentary photography deals with concepts such as visibility, gaze, hierarchy, gender and diversity. Our idea is to facilitate discourse in a motivating and sensitising space that raises awareness of patriarchal, colonial and racist structures in visual journalism and photographic teaching.
We, a team of students, professors and teachers from the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography programme in Hanover have been working hard to bring students and experts in the field together to discuss questions of legitimacy in image-making, of authorship and to promote awareness of gender and diversity-related questions.
To this end we will exchange ideas with people across the field of photography in order to hear from all participating sides on developing new perspectives on the medium and the practice!