Repurposing photographic archives for public participation projects
Photo Archive Miners work with institutions to repurpose photographic archives by engaging the public in creative, artistic work that culminates in digital and print exhibitions.
We think of the public as creatives, not footfall, able to challenge the expertise of professional curators through a lived understanding of how communities operate.
Our work involves digitising negative and print archives and working with the public to curate photographs into a narrative based on community understanding.
Exhibitions can attract and excite in a way that reports and documents cannot, challenging stigmatising perceptions in a very public way that can be hard to ignore.
We use digital and print, combining both to great effect in raising awareness of a project, developing participation and producing a final outcome.