Richly illustrated in colour, with over 200 images, and 660 pages, The Photograph and The Collection: Create | Preserve | Analyze | Present is a comprehensive and stimulating guide to maximising the power and effectiveness of photographic collections in museums, galleries, libraries and archives.
A museum or gallery's holdings of photographs will very often form its single largest collection. But the images a visitor experiences there are not always readily understandable. In fact, understanding a photograph can be every bit as challenging as reading a painting. And yet the potential of images for communication, learning and involvement is huge - and very largely untapped.
The Photograph and The Collection brings together a rich variety of international perspectives - from curators, archivists, librarians, academics, researchers, collectors and photographers - which explore the four key processes of creation, preservation, analysis and presentation. Appropriately, many of the perspectives focus on images brought together as an album - itself a "curated experience" - and they span the analogue and the digital, the published and the private.