Working Group

Thinking Photography Workshop

The Thinking Photography Workshop (TPW) seeks to bring scholars, curators, makers/practitioners and students together on a regular basis (4 to five times per year) in a semi-formal setting, TPW is intended as a network space for those interested to think openly and critically about (ethnographic/colonial) photography, their histories, materialities, theories and their roles in the present. Each workshop may take a different format; sometimes we will invite national or international speakers/ makers to present on their work; at other times we will explore some of the issues about photographic theory and practice here in the Netherlands. We will also include student presentations; or the presentation of research scholars associated with the RCMC. The starting point of the TPW is the over 750,000 photographs in our collections, that represent a long and global history of photographic practices.

The first meeting addressed the question of photographic genres. More specifically, we were interested to unpack the category of Ethnographic/Colonial photography, to look more critically at the way such a category has come to include, even hide multiple photographic practices, asking what the category allows and what it conceals. This question was based on the presentation of Bruna Triana, a Phd student from Brazil who was a Research Associate at the RCMC.

Photo credits

Front page: Group portrait, Elmina (1870-1890), photographer unknown, from the collection of Dr. Hendrik Pieter Nicolaas Muller (1859 - 1941), TM-60024048

This page: Kazerne at Cape Coast (1870-1890), photographer unknown, from the collection of Dr. Hendrik Pieter Nicolaas Muller (1859 - 1941), TM-60024040

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Staff

Wayne Modest
Head Research Center for Material Culture
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