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The Archive of Modern Conflict is an organisation dedicated to the collection and preservation of vernacular photographs, objects, artefacts, curiosities, and ephemera. Founded in 1991, the archive began as a collection of photographs relating to war and conflict but has since expanded its remit to become the vast and thematically diverse repository it is today.
The archive has been cultivated over several decades to become one of the world’s leading private collections, with a purview that encompasses scholarship, exhibitions, and publications. We facilitate research, hosting artists, photographers, writers, curators, collectors, and historians who use the collection to investigate countless areas of interest – from the general to the niche. We have curated and participated in exhibitions worldwide in institutions such as the Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada, and at events and fairs such as the Rencontres d’Arles, Brighton Photo Biennial, and Paris Photo. Our photobooks – published under AMC Books and also under the archive’s newest imprint, Bone Idle – have won or been shortlisted for prizes including: PHotoESPAÑA Outstanding Publishing House of the Year, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Rencontre d’Arles Historical Book Prize, PHotoEspana Best Photography Book Prize, Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Award, Kassel Festival Best Photobook, Dali International Photography Festival Best Book Award, and the New York Photo Fair Awards. We also run our own journal, AMC2, with issues published intermittently, each printed in a different format.
The immense expanse of the archive’s holdings is constantly growing and developing, grounded by a tireless pursuit of the interesting, the exceptional, and the bizarre. The speculative project of the archive will continue to expand alongside its collection, heading in an undefinable direction that is perhaps – as noted by Brian Dillon – best thought of as “ an incomplete, maybe interminable, species of research in itself.”
With over 8 million photographs and objects, the Archive of Modern Conflict is one of the largest private collections in the world. Join our mailing list and follow us on social media to receive news of upcoming events, exhibitions, and publications.
We have produced a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions in museums and festivals around the world including the Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, Rencontres d’Arles, Brighton Photo Biennial, and Paris Photo, among many others.
We have produced and published over thirty books, often collaborating with photographers and artists such as Stephen Gill, Cristina de Middel, Thomas Mailaender, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, and Don McCullin.