Encounters with the African Archive

The Walther Collection will present Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive, a major exhibition programme focusing on late nineteenth/early twentieth century African photography, from September 13, 2012 to May 18, 2014 in New York and Neu-Ulm, Germany.

Full details can be found in the Walther Collection press release.


Coinciding with the exhibition cycle, The Walther Collection, in collaboration
with New York University and University College London, will present a
symposium to explore issues raised by the collection’s archive of African
photography on Saturday, November 10 at New York University’s Silver Center.
This one-day event brings together leading international scholars to exchange,
debate and open up the categories often used to describe historic photographs
of Africans: colonial, ethnographic, anthropological, artistic. The symposium will
provide a space for rethinking the African archive while framing it within the
concerns of contemporary scholars and artists.

Symposium programme (pdf file)