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ARCHIVO is an independent research platform founded in 2012, dedicated to photography and visual culture through research, practice-led, editorial and curatorial activities. Perceiving history as a resource for alternative narratives, the ARCHIVO PLATFORM engages in an in-depth understanding of lens-based media and photographic practice and its impact in knowledge production.

ARCHIVO explores a specific theme each year and defines itself through a programme of diverse events and activities developed within the Archivo Research Network whose associate and visiting researchers contribute to traverse different disciplines and foster theoretical, practical and critical interventions, creating links between scholarship, artistic and cultural practices. Such collaborations are presented through the production of original publications and public events, including the open access peer-reviewed journal Archivo Papers, a Webinar Series, a Visual LAB for artists and practitioners, among other activities, that bring together our associated researchers and guest speakers to further explore and discuss the year theme. Moreover, the Reframing the Archive, an international conference is presented annually and announces the theme of the following year.


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Photography and Visual Culture Research Platform

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Journal of Photography

and Visual Culture

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International Conference on Photography and Visual Culture

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Independent Publisher


All work published at ARCHIVO is copyright of its respective owner/author, otherwise © Archivo.

ARCHIVO is developed through the International Association of Photography and Visual Culture (IAPVC), a non-profit organisation registered in Portugal. [Reg. n.516352547]


Founder / Executive Director

Head of programmes

Ana Catarina Pinho

Managing assistant


editorial manager

Laura Singeot


production manager


Andrés Pachón

University of Coimbra, Portugal

Frank Möller

Tampere University, Finland

Helen Starr

Curator, United Kingdom

Iris Sikking

Curator of Photography, Fotomuseum The Hague, Netherlands


Louise Clements

Founder/Patron of FORMAT International Photography Festival, United Kingdom


Margarida Brito Alves

IHA, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

Mark Durden

University of South Wales, United Kingdom


Nina Kassianou

Artistic director DL Gallery, Return to Ithaca Residency, Greece


Paula Ribeiro Lobo

IHA, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

Tomaz Zarza

Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain


Nadya Sheremetova

Director of FotoDepartament, Russia


Marc T. Voss / Heather Moore

Regimes Museum, United States

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