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Title:Archiving a Cameroonian photographic studio with the help of the British Library 'Endangered Archives Programme'
Author:Zeitlyn, DavidISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation
Geographic term:Cameroon
conservation of cultural heritage
About person:Jacques Touselle
Abstract:Since pioneering work in the late 1970s there has been an explosion of interest in African photography since the 1990s. This article focuses on Cameroonian photography, in particular a project to archive the work of a single studio photographer, Jacques Touselle, whose career spans some 40 years. With the help of the British Library's 'Endangered Archives Programme', some 40,000 negatives from 'Photo Jacques' in Mbouda, Western Province, are being scanned and catalogued as a first step to ensuring their long-term survival. The author discusses the cultural context of photography in Cameroon, the various uses of the studio photographs, copyright and permission issues, and the vulnerability of the collection, and gives an outline of the project itself. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]