Fundamentals of the Conservation of Photographs
The course Fundamentals of the Conservation of Photographs was designed to advance the field of photograph conservation in central, southern, and eastern Europe and to create a regional network of photograph conservation professionals. The three-year course was organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, in partnership with two institutions in Slovakia the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) in Bratislava and the Slovak National Library (SNL) in Martin. Participants in the course were drawn from museums, libraries, and archives in central, southern, and eastern Europe and were mid-career conservators or cultural heritage specialists responsible for photograph collections. The same core group of participants attended all three course modules.
The three-module course provided participants with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to care for the range of photographic materials found in museums, libraries, archives, and other repositories. Each module—which corresponded to a year of the course—combined traditional classroom instruction, in the form of an annual summer school, with distance learning activities, which took place in the months following . This model was designed to extend the learning process, develop professional capacity over time, and encourage the formation of a network of professionals. Instructors and mentors in the course were leaders in the field, and a "team teaching" approach was encouraged in the classroom in order to inspire real discussion.
Dissemination was an important theme of the course. The potential to actively engage with and contribute to the field of photograph conservation was an important criterion during the selection process for the course and the outreach and dissemination activities of participants were highlighted and described during each summer school.
Plans are currently underway for
- a regional symposium that will bring course participants together with other professionals interested in the photographic heritage of central, southern and eastern Europe to discuss new opportunities for conservation practice, research and collaboration in the region
- meetings and advanced-level courses (beginning in 2011)
- dissemination of resources and teaching material used in these courses
Last updated: September 2011