The Fine Art Library's collection of photography books, journals and photobooks was first developed 1965 with the appointment of Tom Hutchins, Elam's first full-time Photographic lecturer. This collection now make up a significant part of the Fine Arts Library and can be searched for in Library Search.
Items that focus on photography and are available for loan include:
- Books on a single photographer shelved in the 770s, as well as books on photographic techniques, exhibitions and the history of photography.
- Photographic journals / magazines. These are shelved at the rear of the Library (more recent volumes are displayed at the front). We have current subscriptions to Aperture, European Photography, LensWork, Contact Sheet, Photofile, Blindspot and the longest running photographic journal The British Journal of Photography, as well as many more historical and contemporary publications.
- Some of these publications are also available online along with a host of other electronic only subscriptions and resources.
We also have books and archives which are kept in the Fine Arts Library Special Collections including:
- Photobooks. Check out our post on this collection from last year.
- The Snaps Archive an Auckland gallery of the 1970s, one of the country’s first to specialize in exhibiting photographic works.
Please ask at the desk to access these special items.
The General Library also houses a significant microfilm collection entitled the History of Photography which consists of approximately 125 periodical titles and over 2,000 pamphlets and books. The microfilm is largely based on the collection held at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House and covers material published from 1839 until 1920. This collection can be viewed in the Microtext Room on Level 1 of the General Library.
The image used at the top of this post is by the Elam alumnae Geoffrey H. Short who was profiled in the recently published reGeneration 2 : tomorrow's photographers today (2010) which is available for loan. This work was shown as part of his BFA (Hons) graduate exhibition at Elam in 2009. Click on the link to watch his new interview posted on the Exposures Blog.
If you have any suggestions for purchasing books or journals that we do not hold, on photography or any other subject, please feel free to fill in the Book Recommendation Form.
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