Archive of Malian Photography – Cultural Heritage Preservation & Accessibility
Although global interest in African photography has flourished over the past 20 years, access to photographers’ studio archives has been limited and published materials are minimal. Retained in private archives, most of these materials are not cataloged, properly preserved, or internationally accessible. Stored in harsh climactic conditions, the physical integrity of these collections have remained in serious jeopardy and, due to the high commercial value of these archives, these materials have been vulnerable to mistreatment and theft. AMP addresses these issues by safeguarding original materials in Mali from further damage and theft and promoting their global accessibility to research and education in the form of low-resolution digital collections online (amp.matrix.msu.edu) and, in 2018, at the Maison Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako.