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This new publication asks and seeks to answer a number of questions. How is a historical photo collection established, and how does it then grow? What principles and ideas guide the people responsible for such a collection? What do we mean when we say that photographs carry more than their content that they represent, but are material objects at the same time? What can we learn from a close-up view from of a photo-archive?

Can photographs be separated from the space, the time and the social environment in which they were created? Or can we claim that a photographs’ history is, at the same time, the history of its use? What sources do we use in our work? What do historians do, and what more could they do, with photographs?

In this amply illustrated, bilingual volume, the historian-museologists of the Hungarian National Museum use specific examples to seek answers to these and other questions.

Material Photograph
Editor: Éva Fisli; Contributors: Etelka Baji, Katalin Bognár, Éva Fisli, Katalin Jalsovszky, Marianna Kiscsatári, Beatrix Lengyel, Ilona Balog Stemler, Emőke Tomsics
232 pages

Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, 2020
ISBN 978-615-5978-13-5

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