Past events

RAI Photographic Salon - Archival Affordances
Tuesday 12 June 2018, 06:00pm - 08:00pm
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Tuesday 12 June 2018 at 6.00pm

The RAI Photography Committee invites you to attend our second salon, an informal and convivial evening of conversation exploring the relationship between anthropology and photography. This salon is focused on photographic archives and the concept of ‘affordances’. What do photographs in the archive afford? What actions do they make possible? What were the possibilities that motivated the use of photography in anthropological fieldwork historically? What are the contemporary possibilities afforded by photographic archives? Linked with Paul Basu’s Museum Affordances /[Re:]Entanglements project (see, we invite you to discuss this through your own photographic practice or research, and then to explore this theme in relation to archival collections at the RAI. All are welcome but we particularly encourage participation from early career researchers and graduate students. 

Please email Paul Basu ( to register interest and be prepared to contribute a single image from your practice/research and to discuss its archival affordances.

Location : Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street
United Kingdom