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A workshop on modern and contemporary colour photographic materials

by Icon Photographic Materials Group

From: Friday 16.02.18
at 9:45am
To: Friday 16.02.18
at 5:30pm

The National Archives


On Friday 16th February 2018 the Institute of Conservation Photographic Materials group is hosting an event for 30 participants on the conservation of modern and contemporary colour photographic materials. This will take place at The National Archives in Kew, and will include lectures, a workshop, and a display of 20th century colour photographs. Refreshments will be provided but participants will need to purchase their own lunch.


Icon members: £40

Non-members: £50


Event description: 

Programme of the day

9.45 - 10.15: Registration. Morning tea/coffee

10.15 - 10.30: Welcome and introductions

10.30 - 11.00: Acquisition procedures for contemporary colour photography, by Vanessa Torres

Vanessa will discuss the acquisition of contemporary colour photography in a museum environment. She will focus on the chromogenic process, as this is the process most commonly found in collections. She will cover these photographs’ deterioration and storage needs and present case studies for their acquisition.

11.00 -12.00: Colour photographs before the digital age: identification and preservation issues in archives and museums,by Ioannis Vasallos

Ioannis’s presentation will be based on the specialist workshop20th Century Colour Photographs: Contemporary Practice, Identification and Preservation’, which was organised by the Getty Conservation Institute in August 2017 and led by SylviePenichon, head of photograph conservation at the Art Institute of Chicago. It will focus on the main colour processes introduced during the 20th century and describe their materials, characteristics and deterioration patterns, as well as discussing best practices for their long-term preservation.

12.00 -12.30: Nicholas Burnett introducing his collection.

12.30 - 13:30: Break for lunch

13.30 - 14.30: Introduction to conservation strategies for contemporary (printed) photography by Marta Garcia Celma

Marta will begin with two projects: the Image Permanence Institute’s Digital Print Workshop Identification and Preservation of Digital Prints, organized by Daniel Burgue, Jennifer Burguer, Douglas Nishimura and Andrea Venosa, and research in the conservation of Contemporary Photography with a focus in reproduction as a conservation tool.

She will look at technology, image structure, supports, types of deterioration, and recommendations for printing methods.

14.30 - 15.15: Practical session 1:

Group 1 (15 people): Identification of digitally printed photographs (sample set provided).

Group 2 (15 people): 20th century colour photography examples(in collaboration with Nicholas Burnett).

15.15 - 15.45: Break for tea and coffee

15:45 - 16.30: Practical session 2:

Group 2 (15 people): Identification of digitally printed photographs (sample set provided).

Group 1 (15 people): 20th century colour photography examples(in collaboration with Nicholas Burnett).

16.30 - 17.30: Final questions and remarks