Pedromeyer.com: a living collection
Anyone in the public who wishes to understand the objectives,
workings, and specific features of pedromeyer.com. This
lecture is particularly aimed at analyzing the importance
of the database.
www.pedromeyer.com is a website that serves
as an online portfolio for this photographer where we can find
abundant information. However, the database is the website’s
most important feature for it contains the entire body of
Pedro Meyer’s work. The objective of this database
is to generate an online collection of images serving people
in the field of research, communication, and knowledge.
database, Pedro Meyer has stored all the images he has taken
throughout his life, more than 300,000 to date, although
the collection keeps growing day by day as he continues to
Pedro Meyer’s database is innovative, because
no photographer or institution has ever compiled such an enormous
personal archive online with such an efficient system. It is
a major legacy in historical terms.
The objective of this database
is to make images and data available to individuals conducting
research on Pedro Meyer or those in need of images in general,
in anthropology, history, art, culture, or politics to name
a few areas.
By publishing his entire holdings, Meyer allows
the viewer, researcher, or curator to become the editor by
ordering the information according to his or her personal interests
and vision. He provides the freedom for each individual to
contextualize the photos in a particular space and for these
to take on a function, instead of storing them where no one
can consult them.
The website recognizes and celebrates the
importance of online support, which allows individuals worldwide
to navigate it, without depending on opening hours or time
restrictions, without any need to travel long distances or
to secure permits through complex procedures. It is simple
to use, so no one needs to read instruction manuals or to take
classes. It also allows the material to stay alive independently
of technological advances.
Pedro Meyer has decided to bring
all his images to life, allowing them to fulfill a broad social
function, to avoid restricting their use to art or to journalism,
so that many more individuals can make use of them and he can
maintain a living, functional archive.
About an hour.
A specialist who knows about photographic imagery, as well
as the Internet. The speaker will need to conduct research
and request direct information from the creators of Heresies
to completely understand the way it works, its objectives,
and to be able to explain it.
A video projector and computer, depending on the speaker’s