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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Should there be Queer Photography Archives?

Sunil Gupta, Jesse Kahn, Hinda Schuman, & Charan Singh

Friday, March 13 - 1:00PM to 2:45PM
Celestin FGH

I will be presenting three LGBT photo archives: my own, a photographer's (Tessa Boffin, co-author of Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs, 1992), and a vernacular collection belonging to the gay Indian historian Saleem Kidwai. I will be making an argument explaining why I think these archives are worth preserving and how there might be useful international links made. Although we live in an interconnected world, the vast discrepancies faced by LGBT people living across the world can make a mockery of the liberal gains made in some Western societies. Photo archives preserve our past and make a future possible.


Charan Singh
Charan Singh
Hinda Schuman
Hinda Schuman
Jesse Kahn
Jesse Kahn
Sunil Gupta
Sunil Gupta

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