Care and Identification of Photographs (from daguerreotypes to digital)

June 3-6, 2013: Louisville, KY

This workshop is hosted by the University of Louisville Ekstrom Library (Louisville, KY).

Details and online registration

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What are the defining characteristics of individual photographic processes?

How does environment affect the lives of photographic objects? In this 4-day intensive workshop, you will develop identification skills and knowledge about fine art and historic photographic processes, from the daguerreotype to digital prints. This workshop is intended for curators, collectors, archivists, collection managers, and anyone who studies or appreciates photographic prints.

Using handheld 60x microscopes and a large set of photographic and photomechanical samples, you will learn how a variety of processes were created, why they look the way they do, and how they deteriorate. Group ID sessions, using a digital microscope and screen projection, will allow participants to practice their identification skills in a guided setting.

Preservation topics include enclosures, handling guidelines, environmental monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on collections, and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials.

Over 30 different processes are studied in great detail, from how daguerreotypes are made and how they are best preserved, to how long-lasting inkjet prints are created, and how to preserve and store color photographic materials and cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate-based photographic film.

Registration Includes:

  • 4-day workshop
  • 260-page color notebook
  • 60x LED handheld microscope
  • OPTIONAL: Basic Photographic Sample Set

The registration fee for this 4-day workshop is $795 (STUDENT PRICE $645) and includes a handheld microscope and a workshop notebook with lecture handouts, Quick ID Sheets for each process, and a selection of readings on photograph preservation. The Basic Photographic Sample Set, consisting of 18 identified photographic and photomechanical processes, is available with registration for $75. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, the number of participants will be limited to 14.

The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), a certifying organization of professional archivists, will award 15 Archival Recertification Credits
(ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this workshop.

The American Society of Appraisers and the International Society of Appraisers will award 24 reaccreditation hours/professional development credits for qualified appraisers attending this workshop.

For more information, please contact the instructor:

Gawain Weaver
Photograph Conservator
tel 415.446.9138
info@gawainweaver.com
http://gawainweaver.com

 

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