Visual Literacy for Photograph Collections

Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 
Tactical and Strategic

This workshop provides methods to gain information from photographs and to understand how this information can be applied in a practical manner to help manage, arrange, and describe collections more effectively and to help researchers to gain information from them.


This workshop adds more concepts important for understanding the intellectual and physical nature of photographs. Incorporating these concepts into daily practice has practical and economical benefits for the archivist and provides better service to the researcher. Learn to understand the photograph as an artifact through the lens of visual literacy and then apply this understanding to photograph collection management and research uses.

Learning Outcomes: 
Examine visual literacy in depth and learn to apply this information in practical ways to arrange and describe photograph collections
Demonstrate awareness of the photograph as a physical artifact
Discover the importance of the concept of object and image in collection management and the difference between physical order and intellectual order
Examine the intellectual and social nature of photographs
Understand photographic messages, the complex collective life of photographs, and how photographic information can be obscured or changed over time
Apply this knowledge to managing photograph collections to save time and money
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists or others who work with photograph collections, researchers who want to understand more about finding information contained in photographs, and archivists or others who want to build on the knowledge gained from the introductory SAA Understanding Photographs workshop

Most valuable aspect: "The combination of intelligent teaching with fun exercises where we attempted to apply what we learned."
"Excellent information, fast paced, good visuals with good comments."
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