Photographic Memory Workshop

Just another Instructional Innovation Internship Program weblog

About PMW

The Photographic Memory Workshop (PMW) is a working group that originally consisted of a small group of graduate students and faculty from American Studies and African American Studies who wanted to examine the intersections between photography and memory. Now, the group has Yale faculty, staff and student members from a range of academic disciplines and institutions, including Art History, English, History, Architecture, Theater and Performance, Medicine, Psychology, Law, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The PMW is now in its 12th year, and continues to be led by Professor Laura Wexler.

This PMW blog is a site maintained by Yale’s Instructional Technology Group. As we create a website for the PMW and the classes on Photography and Memory that Professor Wexler teaches. On this blog, we’ll be posting about our progress as we build that official website. Along the way, we’ll be writing about what we learn about making a site with photos, discussion boards, a teaching portal, and document sharing.

This photo, taken circa 1880 and titled “Full length group portrait; five young ladies, two seated, three standing, all with hats, forest backdrop. Tintype, sixth plate,”  is from the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
The header image for the PMW blog, taken circa 1915 and titled “Captured bandits in stockade, Ft. Bliss,” depicts US military involvement in the Mexican Revolution. It is a Postcard Photograph from the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library