archival research

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Pamela Grimaud, Montreal


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Did you always know you wanted to become a visual researcher?

This is a great question. Although I never targeted “visual researcher” as a career per se, once I began doing the work, it felt like the natural culmination of all my past interests and jobs. From an undergraduate degree in film studies, to working and writing behind the scenes in American public TV and radio and, finally, doing a fashion-history Masters at NYU and teaching, it was as though I was finally able to throw myself into a world that celebrated all these elements. Although a focused approach to researching visual materials is critical, it’s wonderful when some seemingly arcane factoid – be it historical, related to pop culture or current events – sparks an idea that lends added depth and creativity to how I pursue my work. If I hit a roadblock in unearthing some important content, I find myself wondering, “What other angle can I view this from? What other archival sources will this lead me to if I put the subject into a wider context?” All to say, having a strong grasp on a wide range of topics as opposed to expertise in just one or two has come in very handy.  (más…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Naomi Hall, Sydney


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How did you become an archive researcher?

I had been working in London in the advertising industry during the 1980s, and somehow progressed on the research area. Then I was given a job offer from a stock footage company in Sydney, which caused me to move into the film and television sector, eventually breaking away to do freelance content research.  (más…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Sebastian Claesson, Malmö


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You’ve told us that you’re one of a very few number of full-time archive researchers for documentary film productions in Sweden. How did you first become interested in the field of archive research?

I think it started already in young years, spending hours and days going through my father’s collection of books and pictures. The solitude and knowing that you might find something exciting, that someone hadn’t looked at for a long time.  (más…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: David McLoughlin, Nottingham


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How did you become a picture researcher?

In 1976, when I was 16, I began work at The Royal Armoured Corps Manning & Records Office when it was situated in my home town of Whetstone in North London. I bumped into a tall, military gentleman in the canteen at lunchtime. Literally, walked smack into him. I was reading whilst walking, a pastime which can be fraught with peril. The gentleman was a soon-to-retire Colonel in the 17th/21st Lancers, a cavalry regiment of great fame in history. We got talking, as the book I had been reading was ‘British Regular Cavalry’ by Leonard Cooper.  (más…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Montserrat Bailac, Barcelona


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How did you become an archive researcher?

Before I started working for the Archives of the Catalan TV in Barcelona, I worked in libraries. In fact, I didn’t even know this job existed. By working in TV I started learning about cataloging images, researching in databases and other subjects related to videotapes. After some years I started collaborating with different program teams who were trying to locate footage they needed for their productions. This has been my job ever since.  (más…)