Turin confirms its role of capital of contemporary receiving in the heart of the city Camera, Italian Center for Photography: private institution with the aim of encouraging the development of a digital network and joining all archives and photographic archives in our country.
Inaugurated on October 1 with a retrospective of Ukrainian photographer Boris Mikhailov, the Italian Centre for Photography, Camera will continue its exhibition season with a series of exhibitions of a historical documentary, “Italia 1968-1978”, and monographic dedicated to national and international photographers as Wei Wei, Lise Sarfati and Vincenzo Castella. Camera is not only an exhibition space, it is a place dedicated to dialogue and discussion through the image, it is space allocated to the territory, to teaching but above all to the archiving.
It is important to underline the ambitious commitment that aims Camera: to unify through the shared software, Abacvs, all Italian archives and photographic collections. This will provide for a substantial commitment of human resources involved in the reorganization, cataloguing, meta-dating of all the photographic material present on our territory in order to make it consistent and accessible online to diverse audiences. This digital archive system, as well as allowing a comfortable consultation of visual content, will give internationally unified image of the Italian photographic heritage.
So far there has never been an Italian partner for photography who can dialogue with institutions abroad but now the presence of Camera on our territory will consolidated a relationship of sharing and collaboration. This will be made possible thanks to the historic French agency Magnum Photos that already plays a role as institutional partner.
As the director Lorenza Bravetta says, Camera will not have inside its own archive since the mission is aimed to the study, development and testing in order to promote the growth of a visual education in a world increasingly made up of images.
The importance of photography lies precisely in its interior, in its historical essence of being a tool of recording and documentation of reality without neglecting the language of photography as an artistic expression. Here because Camera had become a necessity for Italy and for Turin that always has been interested in photography since its origins, in fact it is the seat of the oldest Italian photography club: Società Fotografica Subalpina (1899).
Cover image: At Dusk, Boris Mikhailov, 1993
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