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Lecture: The Nederlands Fotomuseum: Building a National Museum for Photography / 2 May 2013

In 2003 the Nederlands Fotomuseum became the most recent addition to this museum dense country. In this talk, Professor Frits Gierstberg, Head of Exhibitions at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, will talk about the challenges that have faced the Museum since its inception, including issues relating to project-based collecting and the development of new interfaces in the museum environment.

He will also speak about his contributions to two recent publications: the critical history of photography in the Netherlands, ‘Dutch Eyes’ (2007) and ‘The Dutch Photobook’ (2012). This lecture forms part of a series accompanying a project by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales to work on its rich and diverse historic photographic collections – a project made possible through a major gift from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

In partnership with the eCPR, at University of Wales Newport, the lecture series reflects the exciting work that the Museum is undertaking from 2012 to 2015.

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European Centre for Photographic Research
University of South Wales & National Museum Wales
Photography Lecture Series

2 May 2013 at 5.45pm, doors open at 5.15pm - Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre, National Museum Wales

The event is FREE but booking is essential as places are limited. To reserve your place, please email: with your name and contact telephone number.

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