Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC)
PARC is based at London College of Communication. We aim to give insight in to the development of photography as a medium while helping to preserve its heritage.
Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) is based at the London College of Communication. We aim to give insight into the development of photography as a medium while helping to preserve its heritage.
Our wide range of events includes exhibitions, publications, workshops, study days and conferences. Many of our members are leading practitioners in photography, film and curatorship. We have an office, a gallery, a studio and a multipurpose work and meeting room. PhD students and alumni as well as our members are encouraged to use these spaces for active research.
4 November 2019 - 15 January 2020
Join us for the launch of a new exhibition documenting Elephant and Castle’s London Road at three points in its history – revealing not just a road but a community facing change.
Membership is open to practitioners from all UAL colleges across all academic pathways - and collaborations are encouraged.
Find us in room W224, the former London College of Printing science laboratory, at London College of Communication.
Externally, we work closely with the Photographic Collections Network (PCN), a collaborative project with the V&A, National Media Museum, Royal Photographic Society and Redeye. Its steering committee includes scholars from various institutions.
PARC was founded in 2003 by Professor Val Williams and Julian Rodriguez, then Dean of Media at London College of Communication. Over the next 15 years we saw partnerships with the National Media Museum, Tate, Photoworks and Magnum Photos. Val Williams still co-edits the academic journal Photography & Culture.
Under new leadership we moved our physical archives to the UAL Archive and Special Collections Centre, with whom we work closely. We also partner with London College of Communication's Audio Visual team and College Communications Team.
PARC is currently led by Brigitte Lardinois (Acting Director) Corinne Silva (Research Fellow) and Robin Christian (Administrator).