28 Jun 2024 11:00 - 17:00 Room S2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, and King's College


An event by the Ambivalent Archives research network. Please note that places are limited.


Issey Goold (Artist)


  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm  Artist talk: ‘Generating Stanley: A Demi-Fable of Queer Lineage’ (Room S2, ARB, 7 West Road)
  • 12.30 pm –  2:00 pm  Break, lunch not provided
  •  2:00 pm –  5:00 pm  Workshop ‘Making and Archiving Tintypes: a workshop and tutorial’ (we will meet at King’s College porter’s lodge)


Split into a morning artist talk and afternoon practitioner workshop, Issey Goold’s work brings questions at the intersection of archival technologies, representation and story-telling to the fore.

Artist talk

‘Generating Stanley: A Demi-Fable of Queer Lineage’

Goold’s current project, “Generating Stanley: A Demi-Fable of Queer Lineage”, will form the basis of her morning artist talk. This project combines tintype photography and image-generating artificial intelligence to resurrect a lost photograph of Goold’s late relative, “Stanley.” Stanley (b.1909) was genderqueer and male-presenting, and grew up in Monaghan, Ireland, before fleeing to London. Using records gathered from the Irish National Archives, recorded oral history accounts from living relatives, and her own likeness, Goold has produced several images using AI software, which she has then photographed using tintype wet-plate photography – the oldest form of photographic production that exists.

Each of these tintypes bear her own thumbprint, both literally and metaphorically—a fusion of authorship by oral and personal histories, technology, and herself. The resulting images are sometimes warped and distant, other times precise and uncanny. As tintypes, they visualize a part-fictional, part-historical narrative: they create a demi-fable. Drawing on theorists including Saidiya Hartman and Marianne Hirsch, in this talk Goold will consider the archival modality of her practice, and its ongoing implications for narrativising both history and queerness.


‘Making and Archiving Tintypes’

Goold will then lead a workshop on creating physical tintype portraits of all attendees.

This will begin with a short explanation of the process in the darkroom in King’s College, Cambridge.

Goold will take portraits and then give an on-site tutorial in developing tintypes. This process requires wet plate collodian chemicals. Each portrait will be on a physical black aluminium plate measuring 4×5 inches. When varnished, these plates last 170+ years (as long as they’ve so far existed)–in other words, providing a lasting archive of Ambivalent Archives itself.

About the artist

Issey Goold is an Irish photographer and fine artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited at numerous prestigious galleries including the Royal Hibernian Academy Ireland (RHA) and Studio 10, Dublin, as well as featured in group exhibitions alongside local Irish artists, including at ÍOVA Group, Abbey Artists Studios, and Hens Teeth. She has had work published in several national publications including The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Life Magazine, and Gay Community News. Most recently, her work was exhibited at Juneshine, in Williamsburg, New York.

Goold’s work draws on a variety of lens and screen-based practices, ranging from digital, film, wet plate collodion and inkjet. She is currently interested in data, archives and queerness, and how these subjects interact with and can be interacted with via lens-based media.

Goold has an honours BFA in Fine Art Media from The National College of Art & Design, Ireland (NCAD) and a postgraduate diploma in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from University College Dublin (UCD). She also studied Film, Video and Photography for an exchange semester at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA.

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