Leiden Knowledge Centre for Photography
Leiden is a knowledge hub, unique in its kind in the Netherlands, for academics, professionals, students and all other people who are specialized or interested in photography. The city and university offer:
The photo collection of Leiden University, part of the Special Collections of Leiden University Libraries: the oldest photo historical photography collection in the Netherlands, representing all technical, cultural-historic and artistic turns of the medium from its invention in 1839 until today, embedded in a library and documentation archives specialized in photography.
Film and Photographic Studies (MA): the internationally oriented master course at Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities, covering the history and theory of film and photography within the broad context of visual and other media.
Two separate courses on identifying photographic images for professionals working with original photographs, collectors or other people interested in the materiality of photographs:
Course on identifying photographic processes, every year in spring by Katrin Pietsch.
Course on identifying graphic and photomechanical processes every year in autumn by Johan de Zoete.
Ongoing collaboration with Fotomuseum Den Haag: Leiden University is a backstage laboratory for photography exhibitions with loans from Leiden University’s photo collection, research, internships, publications and events.
International Photo Festival Leiden with exhibitions and events, providing opportunities to meet photographers and experts, while sharing knowledge on photography with a broad public.
Symposia, lectures and other events, like 11 June 2022 international conference on photography, in the framework of Leiden European City of Science 2022 European City of Science | Leiden 2022 European City of Science.