Online symposium: OPEN UP THE MORGUE! How Press Photo Archives are Enabling a New History of Photojournalism

The Photo Morgue, The New York Times’ legendary photo archive, is so well known that ‘morgue’ has become a synonym for ‘press archive’. However, press photos in archives are far from dead. In this symposium we focus on the importance and use of press photo archives in researching the history of photojournalism.

The symposium will focus on the new field of research that has emerged over the past ten years thanks to the online publication of press photo archives. This development has turned the original negatives, colour slides and prints, which form the basis of every publication in the 20th century, into accessible research objects. The material aspects of press photographs provide a rich source on the production and dissemination of visual news in the 20th century.

This symposium is organised by the RijksMuseum in close consultation with the Dutch National Archives, Nederlands Fotogenootschap, Spaarnestad Photo and TMG Journal for Media History.

Online. 2 July 2021. 
10.15h - 17.15h CEST

Ticket Price
€ 20 € 10 (students)

You can check the full programme and register here

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