Senior Research Curator
Photography Department, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.
Roy Flukinger is the Senior Research Curator at the Ransom Center of The University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a curator since 1977. While serving as department head of photography he was responsible for the management of the collections and archives, including acquisitions, public access, conservation, exhibitions, publications and development. He has taught and lectured at The University as well as a variety of other organizations and institutions of higher learning. His most recent publications were on Arnold Newman and on the Center’s Gernsheim Collection, and he has just completed co-curating a gallery-wide exhibition on their Magnum Photos collection this past fall. He consults with a variety of institutions and researchers; serves as juror, reviewer and evaluator of contemporary events, groups and support organizations; and continues to assist in research, management and development matters for the department.
The Ransom Center was founded at The University of Texas at Austin in 1957, and its Photography Department was established in 1963 with the purchase of the Gernsheim Collection. Since that time the collections of the department have grown to an estimated five million photographs. While the holdings of the collection range from historical images to the archives of many famous photographers, the department has also endeavored to collect a measure of contemporary images as well – including a number from selective photo reviews. Therefore, we will be interested in viewing portfolios of work by both contemporary artists and documentary photographers which reflect both originality and a maturity of approach and execution. Additional attention is often paid to bodies of work that reflects a sensibility to historical themes and processes or to innovative directions in the aesthetic and technological growth of photography.