Added on 9 September 2019

Join the National Library of Ireland for an event exploring the need for preservation of digital photography.

Digital Photography: Create, Curate and Save, will be held, 10.00am - 12.30pm (BST), 23rd September 2019.

The fragility and danger of loss of digital photography is very immediate compared to the world of the tangible physical photograph. Unless we intervene proactively to encourage and raise awareness of the need for preservation of digital content in any form including photographs, we will face its loss. This will in turn affect our ability to tell the story of Ireland, not just in 100 years but in 10.

Photographers, creative industries, media, cultural heritage and arts organisations, communities and the public have an inbuilt dependency on continued access to digital photography. This event will provide the opportunity to gain insight of the roles of different groups involved in the life of a photograph and build awareness of how we can its longer term preservation.

Keynote speaker Matthew Burgess is Digital Collections Analyst at the State Library of New South Wales, Australia. Matthew will talk about his work in digital preservation and how his career path has led him from photography, to digitisation and currently to digital preservation. The event will also include lightning talks highlighting the different roles played by those involved in the life of the photograph including photographers (creators), curators, arts officers, photo historians and preservers, and will finish with a discussion on the need for preservation of 21st century photography, and any collaborative next steps that could be taken to achieve this.


10 –10.15          Registration & Coffee

10.15 –10.30     Welcome

10.30 –11.30     Keynote Speaker Matthew Burgess, Digital Collections Analyst, State Library of New South Wales, Australia

11.30 – 12.10    Lighting Talks

    • Sínead Curran, School of Creative & Digital Media, Technological University Dublin
    • Karl Hayden, Head of Online Campaigns & Website, Labour Party
    • Elizabeth Kirwan, Special Collections: Photographs / Conservation, National Library of Ireland
    • Joanna Finegan , Digital Collections, National Library of Ireland
    • Darren McCreesh, Programme & Arts Manager, Íontas Arts, Castleblayney 
    • Trish Lambe, Co-Director, Gallery of Photography
    • Orla Fitzpatrick, Photo Historian and Librarian, National Museum of Ireland

12.10-12.30       Discussion and next steps


BOOKING: This event is free and all are welcome.

Booking required as places are limited

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