"Amateur images: valorisation and manipulation" (21-23 January 2008, Luxembourg)
International conference on the use of amateur films and photographs, organized by the Centre national de l'audiovisuel du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg.

For a long time, amateur images have been considered with suspicion and a hint of contempt by the professional milieu. Film enthusiasts, filmmakers, photographers, archivists and academics have denied any aesthetical or documentary value whatsoever to amateur films and photographs. But more and more these images, which had not been made with the intention to be shown in the commercial circuit, catch the attention of professionals. They are integrated into fiction films, documentaries, books and exhibitions, shown on television and dissected by researchers. The use of these images, often of unknown origin, raises a number of questions.

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