Finds 1 was curated for PARC by member Dr Sara Davidmann. It was shown in the Atrium Gallery at LCC in 2011.
This exhibition presents photographs and objects that have been found and collected by Val Williams, Director of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), Alistair O’Neill, Senior Research Fellow, Central St Martins, PARC core member, Wendy Short, PARC Administrator and Sara Davidmann, Research Fellow, London College of Communication and PARC core member.
At first glance, the work in this exhibition might appear quite diverse. The exhibitors’ reasons for keeping chance finds or for deliberately seeking out specific items also differ. However, these images and objects are united by the strong personal fascination that drives each of the exhibitors to collect them.
In turn, the significance that these photographs and objects embody for their collectors alters their presence in an exhibition such as this. Having been found and kept they are now seen in a new light which incorporates the eye and reasoning of the collector.
This exhibition is the first of a series of ‘Finds’ shows that will be presented by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London.