Elspeth Millar, Oral History Archive Assistant, writes:
A new exhibition at the British Library is celebrating the work of American photographer Michael Katakis. The exhibition coincides with the launch of a new publication Michael Katakis: Photographs and Words, a collaboration of photographs by Katakis and observations from his wife, the anthropologist Dr Kris L. Hardin.
Michael Katakis and Kris Hardin donated their archives (including Michael's photographs and negatives,
and Kris's fieldwork notes and recordings) to the British Library in 2008. At the time of the deposit, the Oral History section at the British Library (with funding from the Eccles Centre for American Studies) recorded a joint interview with both Katakis and Hardin at the Library, followed by two separate life story interviews recorded in early 2009 in the United States.
The 'Michael Katakis Photographs' exhibition features photographs from the projects 'The Vietnam Veterans Memorial', 'Troubled Land: 12 Days Across America' (a portrait of the US in the days after 9/11) and 'A Time and Place Before War' (a project documenting life in Sierra Leone before the outbreak of civil war in 1991). Reflections on all three projects, and in particular the time spent in Sierra Leone by Katakis and Hardin, can be found in all three interviews (catalogued on the Sound Archive catalogue as 'Michael Katakis and Kris Hardin interviews', collection reference C1348). The interviews are accessible on-site at the British Library via the SoundServer service.