Curating Photography – Documenting the role of exhibitions in the development of photographic practice
http://photocurating.net forms part of a joint research project between Dr Daniel Palmer at Monash University and Dr Martyn Jolly at the Australian National University, supported by grants from the Australia Council and the Australian Research Council. Based at Monash University in Melbourne, the project seeks to recognise the crucial role of exhibitions in the development of photographic practice. Towards this end, we aim to offer a systematic account of the history of photography curating in Australia. Additionally, by publishing interviews with international and Australian curators, we hope to identify some of the challenges faced by institutions in effectively engaging with new forms and practices of photography enabled through digital circulation. Establishing a dialogue around old and new curatorial approaches to the medium, the research is premised on the idea that in the age of photo sharing, when photographs are proliferating as never before, the curatorial functions of selecting, collecting and contextualizing photography have never been more important.