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Alex Cowan

Over the last 20+ years I’ve worked both as an archive researcher for Television and other platforms and assisted in the development of 2 regional film archives in East Anglia and Yorkshire. For 3 years I taught on media production courses to 16-19 year olds. However, my primary interest has always been the location and preservation of all types of historical images covering history, art, news and current affairs and science. I’ve been lucky enough to work on projects like Disabled Century, Double Helix and Brass Eye when directors have used archive in innovative and challenging ways. Giants, A Bill Called William, The End of the World Cult, Age of Terror and Soldiers’ Trophy Photos required material from more ephemeral (often web only) sources to successfully picture lives from “outside” the mainstream . Often the end result is that home movie, photos or other personal effects have been lodged, preserved and made accessible through public and private archive organizations. I’m always looking for the next new image and the stories that they may uncover and am lucky enough to be working as the project archivist for NDACA

Posts by Alex Cowan

Photograph of Alex Cowan in a loft carrying a box

Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, Digs DAM History

In his latest blog, Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, explores just what made the Disability Arts Movement (DAM) history so accessible – those who went before him. “The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it” (Samuel Johnson) “Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the ...

What’s in a Name?

“The right words are worth a hundred regiments”, V.I. Lenin in Capitalist Ideology in Anti-Capitalist Politics “Ceci n’est pas une pipe?” Rene Magritte At NDACA, we have collected over one thousand images  and are aiming for two thousand by project end.   In my role as NDACA project archivist, I am now working on the ...

A portrait photograph of Alex Cowan, project archivist of NDACA.

March NDACA blog

“We adore chaos because we love to produce order.” M.C Escher Since early this year I’ve spent most of my time working on or thinking about the NDACA catalogue. I’ve been working on the best ways to define and describe artists and their work, studying the high-quality digital images that are ...

A selfie taken with a special Rostrum Camera of NDACA archivist Alex Cowan, he has tape around his mouth and his eyes closed, with detritus surrounding him

NDACA: From the past, the future…

Since July 2015 I’ve been working with the artists and organisations whose pledges are going to form much of the NDACA (National Disability Arts Collection & Archive) collection. They’ve put up with my visits and questions and finalised what they think best illustrates the Disability Arts Movement and the personal ...