Chantier Ecole de conservation restauration Juin 2018

Objectifs pédagogiques

Le département des restaurateurs de l’Institut national du patrimoine forme les futurs restaurateurs du patrimoine, habilités à travailler sur les collections « musées de France » dans sept spécialités : peinture, arts textiles, photographie, sculpture, arts graphiques et livres, mobilier, arts du feu (céramique, verre, émail et métal). Dans le cadre de la formation, les étudiants réalisent des opérations de conservation-restauration in situ , dans des institutions partenaires sur des durées de 1 à 2 semaines, encadrés par un restaurateur diplômé d’état entre le début du mois de juin et la mi-juillet en France, dans les territoires ultra-marin ou à l’étranger. Continue reading Chantier Ecole de conservation restauration Juin 2018

Representing Self and Family: Preserving Tamil Studio Portraiture

1. Nalla Pillai studio_Kumbakonam (2)“Photography arrived in India in the 1840s with the first photographic society in South India being created in Madras in 1856. During the early decades of Indian photography, it was accessible almost exclusively to the colonial administration and Indian elite. However by the 1880s, commercial photography studios had found their way into the bazaars of the Presidency’s and family portraits started to appear inside Tamil households. Previously no local forms of popular portraiture existed aside from representations of the divinities.” READ MORE

New funding for digitization from the British Library !

We are pleased to announced that the British Library has granted us funding for a major project (EAP 946) in the frame of its Endangered Archive Program.

The project “Representing Self and Family. Preserving Early Tamil Studio Photography” will get a two year funding in order to document and preserve Tamil studio photography, and therefore family portraiture, since its appearance in the mid-late 19th century up until the introduction of mechanised developing and printing, which radically transformed the practices and productions of studio photography.

The BL  funded an earlier pilot project (EAP 737).

The results have been published online

Studies in Tamil Studio Archives

Pattrika N°46- July 2016

“The S.T.A.R.S. project (Studies in Tamil Studio Archives and Society) hosted by the department of Social Sciences recently completed a 12 month intensive field survey funded by the EAP (British Library Arcadia) which explored the feasibility, scope and extent of creating
an extensive digital archive of family portraiture produced by commercial photo studios of Tamil Nadu, from the second half of the 19th century up to the introduction of mechanized processing of negatives and prints in the 1980s. S.T.A.R.S. aims to understand the different modes of production, diffusion and consumption of black and white manually-processed studio photography (prints, negatives and glass plates) which are rapidly disappearing either through natural degradation but also often voluntary destruction.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE

12 month pilot project completed!

Vasen Studio Digitization

Between July 2015 and June 2016, the EAP 737 team conducted an in-depth survey of photo studios in 14 towns throughout the state of Tamil Nadu (South India) seeking out endangered photographic archives.

As a result of this pilot project, a comprehensive survey of 100 photo studios accompanied by over 1 000 digital samples of photographic material (glass-plates negatives, film negatives and prints) have been produced.

These studio photographs are now viewable online

Illustrations of the fieldwork can be viewed here : EAP 737_Studio Survey_2016

This project was funded by the Endangered Archives Programme, hosted by the French Institute of Pondichery and coordinated by Zoe Headley & Ramesh Kumar.

Naked Babes and Garland Corpses

CEIAS Newsletter N°10, Spring 2015

Report by Zoé E. Headley

“When I arrived at the IFP in the summer of 2013, my initial purpose was to pursue my ethnographic work on conflict management at the village level and coordinate the completion of a five year project on vulnerable village records. Amid the books, files and personal items I brought along with me for this three year stay was a box of some thirty ‘vintage’ Tamil studio prints which I had collected several years back whilst doing fieldwork in south-central Tamil Nadu. I had purchased these family photos in the shadowy lanes of what is known as the ‘Sunday market’ in Madurai. There, amid oily bicycle chains, rusted water pumps, sheets of tarpaulin, gutted radios, live poultry and pets, was a small shop buying and selling dismantled…” READ THE FULL REPORT

Portraits of the past

The HINDU- March 13, 2015

“An exhibition of photographs on a wall on Goubert Avenue, traces the social history of Tamil studio photography and family  portraiture in South India

You can’t miss it if you are walking down Goubert Avenue (Beach Road) on the stretch where the back wall of the Institut Francais de Pondichery faces the sea. It’s likely you’ll find people standing around, gazing, reading, pointing and talking animatedly. Go over and you won’t be disappointed at what you find. On the wall – a series of walls – is an exhibition of old portraits (photographs) from across Tamil Nadu, gathered under the title Heritage of the Family: Tamil Studio Portraiture (1880 – 1980). Take a good look and read the accompanying text, and two facts come to light: these painstakingly-collected studio photographs offer a peek at the family history of Tamils over the decades, after photography came to India; they expose the importance Tamil families attached to family portraiture.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Sepia Sutras

The Pioneer- March 13, 2015

A project of the French Institute of Pondicherry aims to collect old studio portraits from Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry to document the socio-cultural issues that prevailed in the 19th century. Rupinder Kaur reports

With the ongoing fad of selfie sticks and digital cameras helping one document every minute of their life with random hashtags, the future generation of researchers would not face any hassles in figuring out the socio-cultural issues of our time. But the archivists at present have to dig out documents and photographs from various sources and locations to map what the scenario was like a over a century ago.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE