10 February 2005
Things are changing at FOCAL France. New acquisitions by the libraries, new mandates, new data on line, constantly change the landscape of French audio-visual archives, enriching the means whereby researchers and end-users can access content.
On 14 March 2005 the libraries will present a collection of rarities. Film Images will unveil several extracts from recently acquired amateur material from the 1940s in France, a film about the ‘good’ education of young girls during the Pétain era. Lobster Films will present Josephine Baker in colour and Gaumont Pathé Archives offers images of the ‘sacred monsters’ of the cinema and rock music (Kim Basinger, Vanessa Paradis, Sandra Bullock, Roy Orbison, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed), extracts from the catalogues of Jean Luret and NBC News Archives.
L’Atelier des Archives will present some unlikely and ‘unsaleable’ images such as a male fashion parade in Tangiers in 1971 in colour and two hitherto unknown collections. The Conservatoire Régional de l’Image de Nancy will launch its on-line selection of photographs and films of the volcanologists, Katia and Maurice Krafft. Michelle Aubert of the French National Film Archive and President of FOCAL France will show little-know films of Lumière and announce the coming of a new interface for both researchers and public in 2006.
On 6 April 2005 Jean François Renac of SFRS and Anne St Dreux (Maison de la Pub) representative of National Geographic are organising an event dedicated to images of wildlife: There Are Only Tigers and Elephants. L’Atelier des Archives and Téléimages will also show there a selection of original material from their collection.
An event proposed by Thierry Rolland and two young researchers, Charlotte de Luppé of Point du Jour and Stéphanie Bedel, will be devoted to the difficulties of researching images of guerrilla warfare and ‘protest’ cinema. All international contributions to this event will be most welcome.
A trip to meet our Swiss counterparts with visits to Télévision Suisse Romande (TSR), the Cinémathèque Suisse and the archives of CIRC is planned under the leadership if Edwige Laforet.
Another long-term project is a visit to the heart of the audio-visual department of the Bibliothèque National de France, so near and yet so little known! And the latest news is that FOCAL France has a new member, CNRS Images – a collection of scientific video and photographic material.
Valérie Massignon/XYZèbre, Paris
Contact: Jean François Renac