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Focusing on Photographs: Identification and Preservation (Providence, RI)

Presented By: The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Description: Historical records of people and places, fine art photographs, family snapshots, and corresponding negatives are in the collections of every museum, library, and archives. The omnipresence of photographic media belies the complexity and variety of techniques used to create these images. From the earliest cased daguerreotypes and ambrotypes, to tintypes, hand-colored silver gelatin prints, and oversize contemporary color photographs, the variety of photographic processes and supports requires collections managers to have a unique set of knowledge and skills for proper identification, care, and housing. Photographs are also frequently accessed by researchers, duplicated for publication, and placed on exhibition, creating additional preservation challenges.

This two-day program will focus on the fundamentals of identifying and caring for photographic collections. Through lecture and hands-on demonstrations, topics will be intertwined over the course of the program to give participants a holistic view of identifying photographic materials, housing and caring for these collections, developing appropriate handling and display procedures, and establishing safe storage environments.


Gary E. Albright, Paper and Photograph Conservator, Private Practice, Honeoye Falls, NY

Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator, CCAHA, Philadelphia, PA

Rachel Wetzel, Photograph Conservator, CCAHA, Philadelphia, PA

Location: Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


8:15-8:45 am - Registration & Refreshments

8:45 am - 4:45 pm - Program


$225 CCAHA members

$250 Non-members

For more information and to register, please click here.