THE PHOTO ARCHIVE OF THE SWISS SOCIETY FOR FOLKLORE STUDIES
A Place for Research, Encounters and Affect
Founded in 1896, from the 1930s onwards the Swiss Society for Folklore (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde, SGV) began collecting photographs and regarding them as source material for research work. This article presents eight of the thirty SGV photograph collections and explores the heterogeneous contexts of their origins. Produced between 1860 and 1980, the pictures were taken by both professional and amateur photographers. Since they come from so many different sources and are equally diverse as regards presentation, they provide new and varied perspectives for researching everyday life in Switzerland and other countries. Around half of the SGV photograph collections were reappraised as part of a photo project initiated in 2014 and since fall 2018 have been available for public viewing on the website https://archiv.sgv-sstp.ch.
Check out the Rundbrief Fotografie Vol.26 (2019), No. 1 article and learn about how multi-faceted a digitization project can be.