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The personal versus the institutional voice in an open photographic archive

Web-based photographic archives, such as Historypin, that address both cultural heritage institutions and the general public, result in heterogeneous collections of images with regard to subject, technique, and quality. The metadata supplied by private persons can differ quite substantially from the metadata normally produced by institutional staff. Taking examples from Historypin, this paper will deal with the personal voice in contrast to the institutional voice in an open photographic archive. Roland Barthes’s concept anchorage and Gérard Genette’s concept voice will be used to examine how the accompanying text influences the meaning of the photographs.

Project leader: Karin Wagner
Project duration: 2015–16
Funding: The Faculty of Arts

Publication: Wagner, K. (2017). The personal versus the institutional voice in an open photographic archive. Archival Science, 1/13/2017.

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