13 episodes

Welcome to The Photo Vault. 
Our host, Lukas Birk, takes you on a voyage filled with exclusive on sight interviews featuring renowned artists who draw inspiration from vernacular photography, collectors who have dedicated their lives to amassing incredible troves of images, and curators who curate exhibitions that bridge the gap between past and present.
 
The Photo Vault steps into a hidden world filled with forgotten snapshots, dusty family albums, and gems of visual history to be uncovered. Join us as we embark on an exhilarating tour into the heart of collecting, curating and creating artworks and photobooks with archival materials around the globe.
 
The Photo Vault is part of the Vernacular Social Club, a platform that brings together people who share a common interest in the Vernacular world www.vernacularsocialclub.comThe host:
Lukas Birk, is an Austrian researcher, artist, and publisher who primarily focuses on archival narratives and edits stories from South and Southeast Asia. He founded the Myanmar Photo Archive, the Afghan Box Camera Project, SewonArtSpace in Yogyakarta, and the Austro Sino Arts Program in Beijing. As well as a boutique camera Manufacture producing the Instant Box Camera and an independent photobook publishing project called Fraglich Publishing. 

The Photo Vault: A journey into Vernacular Photography, Archives and Photobooks Lukas Birk

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Welcome to The Photo Vault. 
Our host, Lukas Birk, takes you on a voyage filled with exclusive on sight interviews featuring renowned artists who draw inspiration from vernacular photography, collectors who have dedicated their lives to amassing incredible troves of images, and curators who curate exhibitions that bridge the gap between past and present.
 
The Photo Vault steps into a hidden world filled with forgotten snapshots, dusty family albums, and gems of visual history to be uncovered. Join us as we embark on an exhilarating tour into the heart of collecting, curating and creating artworks and photobooks with archival materials around the globe.
 
The Photo Vault is part of the Vernacular Social Club, a platform that brings together people who share a common interest in the Vernacular world www.vernacularsocialclub.comThe host:
Lukas Birk, is an Austrian researcher, artist, and publisher who primarily focuses on archival narratives and edits stories from South and Southeast Asia. He founded the Myanmar Photo Archive, the Afghan Box Camera Project, SewonArtSpace in Yogyakarta, and the Austro Sino Arts Program in Beijing. As well as a boutique camera Manufacture producing the Instant Box Camera and an independent photobook publishing project called Fraglich Publishing. 

    Erik Kessels - say no and get disrupted

    Erik Kessels - say no and get disrupted

    In this episode of The Photo Vault, we discuss with Dutch artist and editor Erik Kessels why it is important to have an opinion and dislike things, as well as why it is most important that young artists get paid. Erik is a prolific book and exhibition maker, known for his narrative creation through appropriated images.Take a look as well at Erik’s website and publishing page to gain a deeper understanding of his work and thought process."Enjoy the conversation:Erik Kessels WebsiteInstagram&nb...

    • 44 min
    Thomas Sauvin - a mine full of silver

    Thomas Sauvin - a mine full of silver

    Follow French editor and artist Thomas Sauvin on his journey from a Chinese language student to the collector and editor of an enormous archive that he continually augments from a dumpsite in Beijing. With his project, Beijing Silvermine, he has produced humorous and intelligent publications over the last 10 years, granting us access to a specific period in time in China. Lukas met Thomas in Paris at the Beijing Silvermine studio, and in their conversation, they unravel Thomas’ reflections on...

    • 39 min
    Everyday imaging - the analogue and the digital realm

    Everyday imaging - the analogue and the digital realm

    In this episode, we delve into a talk event on Vernacular Photography that took place in November 2023. Our host, Lukas, was one of the speakers and has encapsulated a myriad of ideas, thoughts, and practices surrounding everyday imaging that were presented during the event. The talk was organized by the Eidolon Center in Budapest, a new institution that concentrates on vernacular, archives, and everyday imagery. They create a fantastic journal that showcases artists and academics actively wo...

    • 26 min
    Thweep Rittinaphakorn - learning about yourself through collecting

    Thweep Rittinaphakorn - learning about yourself through collecting

    In this episode, we meet Thweep Rittinaphakorn, also known as Ake, in Bangkok, and explore his collection of photographs from Myanmar during the colonial era. Ake is an expert in Myanmar textiles who ventured into collecting photography and released a photobook from a very different background. His collection is fascinating and multi-layered, as he doesn't approach his images from a pictorial point of view but rather through an examination of materiality. Find out more about Ake on his I...

    • 35 min
    Annebella Pollen - rejects are the majority and why we should study packaging

    Annebella Pollen - rejects are the majority and why we should study packaging

    This episode of The Photo Vault prompts us to question the world around us by examining product packaging, which often reinforces and perpetuates stereotypical norms in various aspects of our lives.Our guest, Annebella Pollen, a professor of Visual and Material Culture, author of numerous books, and an avid collector, delves into some of her projects, interests, and findings. Discover why a seemingly innocuous bikini advertisement can contribute to reinforcing stereotypes and why Annebel...

    • 44 min
    Lucy Sante - on being a bilingual writer and how vernacular photography changed her life

    Lucy Sante - on being a bilingual writer and how vernacular photography changed her life

    In this episode, we hear thoughts, ideas, and stories from writer, critic, educator, and artist Lucy Sante. She has a fascinating history and engagement with photography, writing on photography, and collecting. She has turned some of her collections into books and tells us about how she retrieved the photographs that went into titles such as 'Evidence.'She also touches upon subjects such as being a bilingual writer, which made her a better writer, and how vernacular photography changed her li...

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

Rakhin22 ,

Vernacular Photography

Love the subject and structure of the podcast. Will keep listening

VivaNow ,

Show me the past!

With so much going on in the world now and especially with the speed of technological development, it is so refreshing to hear a podcast not about the chaos of geopolitics, human polarity, environmental pollutions and the accelerated speed of which chronic and mental illnesses are developing in our modern world,etc. With all that in mind, it is difficult to imagine what our future will be like. Hence it is even more important to see, be educated and learn about the way of life in the past through documented records. The forgot images will become more and more precious as the world become more and more digitized with every second of our lives recorded one way or another. I am thoroughly impressed and enjoyed this very first short but concise yet engaging episode. I welcome and look forward to all your future episodes and wish your team all the success!

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