História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos
Print version ISSN 0104-5970
LACERDA, Aline Lopes de. Photographs in archives: the production and meaning of visual records. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 2012, vol.19, n.1, pp. 283-302. ISSN 0104-5970. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-59702012000100015.
Based on discussions dealing with archival theory and methodology, the intention is to discuss the status of the photograph as an archival record. By means of the analysis of some attributes and characteristics of the photographic record, its specificity as a record is highlighted, as well as the need for a contextual approach to its production and its roles in the process of constituting the archives per se. The scope of this work is to question traditional methods of organizing photographs into archives, which perceive these records as being removed from the remaining documentation and which value the factual content of the images above any other elements of meaning.
Keywords : photograph; photographic archive; diplomatics; archival science; visual records.