In 1839, Louis Daguerre perfected the daguerreotype, and the French government gifted this technique to the world. Since then, photography has brought changes and contributed to our life and culture.
In 1848, the Boston Public Library began operations as the first public library in the United States. The words “Free To All” are displayed in prominent relief over the entrance to the library’s McKim Building, declaring the ideal of freedom of knowledge.
And now, in 2016 Taiwan, we see that past records of Taiwanese photography remain scattered and incomplete, and those interested in photography have no place to go for research, learning and discussion. While photography exhibitions and events take place regularly in Taiwan, these efforts have been piecemeal. Subsequent archival organization and focused research have been few and far between.
In response to this, we have established Lightbox Photo Library. Expanding upon the free, open and public-facing nature of both photography and library, we take on the work of collecting and organizing publications of Taiwanese photography. Meanwhile, we strive for public participation because together we construct a photographic culture of our own.
Lightbox Photo Library also hosts talks, lectures and workshops, triggering new thoughts and actions through dynamic conversations, encouraging exchanges between participants, and working towards a positive cycle of cultural autonomy and freedom of knowledge.