,,Einmal an der Quelle sein“. Annemarie Schwarzenbachs Reisefotografien 1933–1942 online Graphic

Moritz Wagner


On the occasion of Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s 100th birthday, in 2008, the Swiss Literary Archive, which collects her literary and photographic estate, launched a virtual exhibition in the form of an interactive Flash app. For the first time, 100 of her photographs were available online. Since its initial publication in 2008, the app has undergone a fundamental update. Today, nearly all of Schwarzenbach’s 3,500 travel photographs are mapped, interactively linked, and searchable through the online application. Presenting the design and function of the app, the essay homes in on the possibilities of digital archives and the methods afforded by digital humanities. It highlights the network structure of the app and the way it allows for an interactive treatment of the photographs, which, in turn, can have an effect on the different orders and readings of the archive. Taking the particularities of Schwarzenbach’s archival holdings seriously, which include photographs as well as texts, the essay takes the recent donation of 40 letters as its cue to discuss the relationship between text and image, suggesting to further bring the two together in the design of future digital platforms devoted to literary-visual research. (MW; in German)

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