Asian Film Archive Presents
In Conversation with Ray Edmondson
Date: 12 May 2007, Sat
Venue: VBR room, National Library 1st Floor,
100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064
Synopsis of Programme
Ray Edmondson is a member of the Asian Film Archive International Advisory
Board and one of the most respected and knowledgeable
audiovisual archivists in
the world. This free-form discussion is for Ray and the audience to delve
into the issues and concerns that audiovisual archivists in our region are faced
with. From the technical aspects of archiving to the philosophical and ethical dilemmas
of archiving, Ray will share his experiences and throw light on possible solutions
and alternatives to the problems encountered in the profession. In addition, with
the blurring of disciplines, Ray will explore the topic of how libraries and archives
are merging while maintaining their relevance to the community.
for the transcript of the event.
Biodata of Speaker
RAY EDMONDSON OAM, B.A. Dip Lib; Principal at Archive Associates Pty Ltd After graduating
in Arts and Librarianship at the University of New South Wales, Ray joined the Film
Section of the National Library of Australia in 1968. In 1973 he established and
led its new Film Archive Unit. In 1978 he became overall head of the Library's Film
Section. Described as the 'moving spirit' behind the creation of the National Film
and Sound Archive in 1984, he served as its Deputy Director until 2001, when he
was endowed as its first honorary Curator Emeritus. During this public service career
he devised and led corporately funded film restorations and pioneering programs
like The Last Film Search and Operation Newsreel.
His service as chair or board member of various professional or community organisations
has been wide ranging and have included The Federation Line Inc., Music Roll Australia,
Archive Forum and the Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive. Internationally,
he served as inaugural President of SEAPAVAA (South East Asia Pacific AudioVisual
Archive Association) from 1996 to 2002, and remains ex-officio Council member. He
presently leads AMIA's Advocacy Task Force and co-chairs its International Outreach
Task Force. Since 1996 he has been involved in UNESCO's Memory of the World Program,
authoring its current General Guidelines, and presently serves on its national,
regional and international committees.
Ray writes, advises, speaks and constantly travels internationally and his regular
teaching commitments include the professional audiovisual archiving courses offered
by Charles Sturt University (Australia), University of East Anglia (UK) and the
George Eastman House School of Film Preservation (USA). His latest monograph, Audiovisual
Archiving: Philosophy and Principles, was published by UNESCO in 2004.
Born in 1943, Ray lives in Kambah, a suburb of Canberra, Australia, with Sue and
their sons David and Peter. His interests include animation and comic strips, and
mechanical music, and he is currently a doctoral student at Charles Sturt University.
In 1987 Ray was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his
work in audiovisual archiving. In 2003 he received the AMIA Silver Light Award for
outstanding career achievement.
About Archive Associates Pty Ltd
Archive Associates Pty Ltd was established in May 2001 by the husband and wife team
of Ray and Sue Edmondson, following Ray's retirement from the Australian Public
Service and from his long-time position as Deputy Director of Australia's National
Film and Sound Archive, in order to concentrate on growing demands for his services
in the archival field internationally. Archive Associates is, in Australian legal
parlance, a "personal exertion" company - the standard type of mechanism which individual
professionals use to make their expertise available to a circle of clients. The
mission of the company is to further the equitable development of audiovisual archiving,
and its professional skills and status, by providing teaching, advisory, management
and resource services to world's best practice standards.
About Asian Film Archive
The Asian Film Archive is a non-governmental organisation founded to preserve
the rich film heritage of Singapore and Asian Cinema, to encourage scholarly research
on film, and to promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form. As an important
nexus, it brings together the various segments of the Asian film community in order
to open and enrich new intellectual, educational and creative spaces. The Asian
Film Archive aspires to be a hub for the film community, contributing to culture,
scholarship and industry. The Archive is a registered charity, a non-governmental
organisation and an Institution of Public Character (IPC) through its membership
with the National Heritage Fund - Central Fund (Singapore). The Archive is also
a proud affliate of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and Southeast Asia Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA).
The Asian Film Archive would like to thank Ray Edmondson for sharing his experience
and expertise with us. This programme was made possible with the generous support
of the National Library Board.
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