Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC)
PARC is based at 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 take a special interest in archival collections, the documentation of war and conflict and the transfer of analogue archives to digital forms.
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.
A selection of 21 photographs showcases some of the most iconic images of the Troubles. Please note: this event has been postponed due to coronavirus precaution measures.
The Decolonising Lens will be a series of five in-conversations featuring core PARC member Mark Sealy alongside leading academics and practitioners, exploring the decolonial as a concept and methodology for disentangling the web of dominant narratives that structure our institutions and our thought.
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 Oisín Davies (Administrator).