AJ Lawrence is Washington DC-based audiovisual archivist especially interested in the role audiovisual archives can play in social justice, human rights and community-based archiving. He is currently focused on addressing the needs of under-resourced audiovisual archives in the developing world.
AJ graduated from UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies Program in 2014 and received a BA in Philosophy from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is the 2013 recipient of the Rick Chace Foundation Scholarship from the Association of Moving Image Archivists, of which he is an active member.
He recently returned to the United States after spending a year traveling to 26 countries in the Balkan Peninsula, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. During his time overseas he volunteered with the Albanian Cinema Project in Tirana, Albania and with the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.