Museums and the digital picture flow

7 September – 8 September

Landskrona Foto Conference

For staff in the Library-Archive-Museum sector involved in documenting, collecting and preserving the photographic cultural heritage.


Conditions have radically changed for work with photographic archives and museum documentation of our own times as a result of the breakthrough of digital technology in recent years, compared with what we have been used to. The technology gives new opportunities to develop the activities, but it also brings challenges which must be handled.

The conference seeks to give examples in practice of how photography from the digital picture flow can be utilized to become a part of our contemporary documentation and to be included in the museums’ photographic archives. How are we to secure the long-term storage of digital images is another important item on the programme. We are also given examples of how older photographs in museum archives can be used in today’s research, and we gain insight into the challenge of securing the archives of photographers in a former Eastern Bloc country.


The conference starts after lunch on Thursday 7 September and runs until lunch the following day. Delegates are then offered a chance to take part in Landskrona Foto Festival’s international seminar, on the Friday afternoon.


The conference is held in collaboration between Malmö Museums and Landskrona Foto and with support from the Association of Swedish Museums.


Preliminary programme:

Thursday 7 September

Venue: Landskrona Theatre

Moderator: Anna Gullmark, Malmö Museums


13:30–15:00 Collecting Social Photo

Collecting social digital photography in museums and archives? Is it possible, and what exactly is social digital photography?

The project Collecting Social Photo will attempt to answer these and other questions by examining how photographs are used in social media and by performing empirical case studies where different methods of appraisal and collecting will be conducted. We will challenge the existing collections at our institutions and ask whether the photographs disseminated and shared everyday on social media can be regarded as a continuation of the collections. Or should the images on social media be viewed as something else, like visual comments?

The presenters:

Anni Wallenius is an art historian working as Chief Curator of Collections at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland’s national specialized museum for photography.

Elisabeth Boogh has a background as a museum photographer with experience from several museums in Sweden, she now holds the position as Curator of Photography Collections at the Stockholm County Museum.

Both institutions have previously focused their work on the collection and exhibiting of digital photography.


15.30–16:30 Asia then and now – rephotography in Sven Hedin’s footsteps

The photographer Lars Larsson, with the support of the Internet Foundation, has created a historical geographical information system (GIS) based on Google Earth which enables virtual travels in Hedin’s footsteps. At the same time, Larsson has started a series of physical expeditions to Asia financed by National Geographic. The aim of the expeditions is to compare how the environment and the cultural landscape in the places visited by Hedin have changed during the last century.

Larsson describes the digital methods and techniques he uses to localize and present the rephotography. The newly taken photographs will be archived together with the original pictures to increase the amount of material for future research.

The presenter:

Lars Larsson is a National Geographic Explorer who lives in Åre in Jämtland. He has founded and edited several Swedish sport and lifestyle magazines. As a freelance journalist and photographer his work has been published on the cover of National Geographic and elsewhere.


16:45–17:30 Photoarchaeology and conservation in an Eastern European country

A more informal stage conversation about the conditions for securing and preserving the photographic cultural heritage in Eastern European countries, with examples from Poland and Russia.

The presenters:

Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska, former curator at the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art and co-founder of the Archaeology of Photography Foundation. Currently, Ziębińska-Lewandowska works as a curator of photography at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Irina Chmyreva, PhD, Historian of visual culture, focuses on photography. Curator of exhibitions of Russian and international photography which were held in more than 20 countries around the world. Since 2016 she has been leading researcher in the Department of History of Twentieth-Century Russian Art of the Research Institute of Theory and History of Fine Arts, Russian Academy of Arts.


19:30 Dinner together at Hotel Öresund with opportunities for mingling


Friday 8 September

09:00–10:30 Digital photography, social media and the cultural heritage

Dr Jessica Bushey will discuss evolving theories of audiovisual media as well as social practices of creating, sharing and storing digital images and videos. The issues of social metadata and the ownership of digital audiovisual collections shared and stored in social media platforms will be explored together with the role of cultural heritage professionals in acquiring and curating audiovisual media that are held in social media platforms.

The presenter:

Dr Jessica Bushey is an artist, scholar and practitioner in the field of audiovisual archives and social media platforms. Jessica has published numerous articles on archival management and preservation of born-digital audiovisual media and her 2016 dissertation is titled “The Archival Trustworthiness of Digital Photography in Social Media Platforms”. Jessica is currently working with the United Nations Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC) as an archives consultant to establish their audiovisual archives.


10:45 Digitization of our photographic cultural heritage – preservation for long-term use

Sweden’s heritage institutions have large amounts of photographic material in storage. This is a historic treasure that is in great demand, but only a limited proportion has been digitized and made accessible to citizens. How can we increase the speed of the digitization of material that is difficult to handle in large-scale digitization processes of industrial character? And what demands must be made for sustainable digital preservation and long-term usability?



Rolf Källman, division head at the Swedish National Archives whose responsibilities include IT strategy, digitization and digital preservation techniques, will discuss the choices we face and the role of the National Archives, and the support this authority can provide on these matters.


After Landskrona Foto Conference ends, Landskrona Foto Festival begins with its regular programme.

You can register for Landskrona Foto Conference via the form here! 

Cost: SEK 1300 up to 30 June. Then SEK 1500. Cost inclusive of seminar dinner Thursday evening SEK 1650/1850.

Registration before 1 June entitles you to a free photobook published by Landskrona Foto.

Deadline for registration: 20 August

N.B. Registration is binding.

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N.B. Quick registration entitles you to a free copy of the book Histories of Science and Photography in Sweden. The books will be distributed on arrival at the conference.


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Malmö Museums                                       Landskrona Foto

Anna Gullmark                                           Göran Nyström


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