Story: “UBC Library acquires extensive photography book collection”

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UBC Library is excited to announce that the Music, Art and Architecture (MAA) Library in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has acquired the Harry and Ann Malcolmson Photography Book Collection. The Malcolmson Photography Book Collection encompasses nearly 600 items in a variety of formats including monographs, trade publications, exhibition catalogues, photobooks and artists’ books.

“Many of the exhibition catalogues were published in limited print runs, with dates ranging from the 1950s to the 2000s. As it was developed to support their photography collection research, this collection of books has a similar focus on historic and contemporary Canadian, American and international photographers,” says Sara Ellis, Art & Visual Literacy Librarian at MAA Library, who was instrumental in bringing this collection to the library.

Notably, Canadian artists associated with the Vancouver School of photoconceptualism is a focus within the collection, as are materials published by Vancouver art institutions such the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and others.

The collection, Ellis says, was first brought to her attention in 2019 by Althea Thauberger, Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, whose connection to the Malcolmsons stemmed from Thauberger’s work as a visual artist and filmmaker.

Read the full story on the UBC Library website.