Exploring the archives
In the afternoon of Tuesday 18 October, the Amsterdam City Archive and Foam are hosting an event in which two curators will elaborate about the historical and cultural significance of photo archives.

The portrait photography by Studio Marubi, currently on show in Foam, is just a fraction of the archive collection containing an impressive 150.000 negatives of the Marubi photo studio. The archive of the photo studio, which encompasses the years 1856 through 1959, has found a home in the Marubi National Museum for Photography in Shkodër, Albania.

Foam curator Kim Knoppers will give a tour in which she introduces three generations of Marubi. She has been personally involved with the renewal of the Marubi National Museum of Photography, for which she researched the immense archives.

After that tour we cross the street to visit Amsterdam's City Archive, where curator Anneke van Veen will take care of the second part of the programme. In the City Archive you will be bringing an exclusive visit to the restoration atelier and the exhibition Amsterdam 1900, where van Veen, among other things, will present an original autochrome by Zeegers, dated 1912.

Unknown photographer, French photographer on a bollard in the IJ river, 1911 © National Archive / Collection Spaarnestad Photo / Het Leven

There is a limited amount of 15 spots available to attend this programme.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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Exploring the archives