Talk

Cancelled: A Photograph of a Revolution and Its Circulation

With Tom Holert and Ines Schaber

Fri, Mar 25, 2022
3 pm

The event has been cancelled.

How do archives influence access to and interpretation of images? In her work culture is our business (2004), Ines Schaber reconstructed the storage, distribution and publication of a photograph taken during the street battles of the 1918/1919 German revolution (Novemberrevolution). The photographer Willy Römer was a chronicler of political and everyday life in Berlin in the years 1905-1935. After Römer’s death, the art historian Diethart Kerbs acquired his archives until they were taken over by the picture agency of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz in 2009. Tom Holert and Ines Schaber talk about the functions and politics of image archives and what can be concluded from their critique with regard to the understanding of images, the power of commercial image archives and the possibility of counter-archives.

Concept: Ines Schaber