Luminous Lint with Alan Griffiths

06 September 2019

18:30 - 20:00

RPS House
337 Paintworks
Bath Road

Tel:0117 316 4450

Non RPS Member£10.00 
RPS Member£8.00 

Luminous-Lint: Weaving a Multi-Dimensional Tapestry on Photohistory - Challenges and Opportunities

Since it was established Luminous-Lint has become one of the go to online resources for photographic history bringing together a diverse range of images and texts and presenting them through curated content.  

Photohistory is a complex blending of biographical, technical and thematic information. Photographs and archival research materials are scattered between thousands of collections with different perspectives and cataloging standards. The traditional model of monographs and articles based on exhibitions is now being questioned by Internet based resources that bring together information from thousands of sources to create repositories of knowledge (i.e. Daguerreobase) or broader frameworks to examine the whole of photohistory (Luminous-Lint). In this talk we'll examine the progress of Luminous-Lint so far and the opportunities for collaborative research based on images from over 3,300 distinct collections.

Courtesy of Rafael GoldchainAlan Griffiths started out as a prehistoric archaeologist specializing in animal movements in Sardinia. Realizing that it is difficult to make a living in this field he moved into computer consultancy and academic research. He lectured at Sheffield University in the UK on Multimedia, was a visiting lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and a Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts in addition to giving lectures widely. He has consulted for the British Library, NATO, IBM, Hewlett Packard and was the Chief Information Officer for an ill-fated dot com start-up in the USA.

He has been interested in photography for many years and created in 2005 to help explore the history in some depth. To date photographs from almost 3,300 organisations, photographers, photographic galleries and private collectors around the world have been included. This allows users to explore an ever-expanding online history through over 700 online exhibitions, numerous biographies, techniques, timelines and a visually rich website. Luminous-Lint includes over a thousand parallel and interlinked histories of photography and it is used by major institutions around the world.

Portrait: courtesy of Rafael Goldchain.

Michael Pritchard
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Region: Bristol (HQ)Group(s): Historical