Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Taking History Back from the "Storytellers"

From noted archivist and filmmaker Rick Prelinger, a challenge to the conventions of historical documentary storytelling, and two proposals:

....The first is easy. Let's put original, unedited archival material out in the world in such a way that it competes with documentaries.... it will insure that audiences can see original documents without the imposition of artificial layers of narrativity.

The second:

We have all noted that the cost of production and distribution is going down quickly, even though it isn't zero. Why then aren't archivists making more documentaries, and why isn't production seen as an integral archival mission?

Read the full piece at his blog, blackoystercatcher.