Does the Archivist exist anymore?
I was reading a story in the WSJ about the demise of Kodak and there was a mention about how so in the 50’s and that era, women were the main market segment, i.e., press the button and we will do the rest was largely marketed to the “soccer mom” of the era. Back in that period (the article contends) women were the ones who predominantly photographed, had the negs printed and ultimately archived the prints in albums to be shared with friends
I never really thought of that, but yes it makes sense, I remember my mom was the archivist when I was a kid, so I wonder if “The Archivist” exists anymore or does it exist but has morphed into other means, still largely female dominated (i.e. scrapbooking, Pinterest)?
To extend the discussion that PKM-25 led last week re the future of photography, lets just discuss the future of archiving family memories. Is it alive and well but just done mostly digitally (FB, Flickr, Pinterest) and some analog (scrapbook’rs) and a mini population of printers like many of us here? It seems to me, that scrapbooking is a major industry now with folks (mostly women) taking prints and merging them with other aspects to archive. I see scrapbooking stores at malls now, so maybe the shift is here, but maybe it is a trend. Either way, I say bring it on, scrapbooking is an analog pursuit of sorts (although not something that interests me).
Lets keep this discussion to more generic family memories archiving discussion and out of scope will be professional archiving, how to scan/backup, how scrapbook’rs might use digi tools, what Kodak should have done, and other things that seem off of the main question, which is: Does “The Archivist” exists anymore or does it exist but has morphed into other means, still largely female dominated (i.e. scrapbooking, Pinterest)?
WSJ article I mention above:
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