Advanced-Level Photograph Conservation Workshops
This project aims to advance the preservation of photographs and photograph collections through increased training and capacity building, as well as through a strengthening of professional networks and a broader diffusion of information on the care of photographs. Project activities include:
- a three-year course in central Europe on the fundamentals of the conservation of photographs;
- an initiative in the Middle East and North Africa focused on photograph preservation.
In all regions of the world, the photographic legacy is seemingly both vast and ubiquitous. Photographs are an important part of the human record, capturing events and circumstances that range from the significant to the quotidien. However, the quantity and range of photograph collections in both public and private repositories often pose a challenge to the people responsible for caring for and managing them. This can be the case particularly in areas of the world where stewards of such collections are unable to find the resources or training to support their efforts to preserve this heritage.
For the reasons described above, the Getty Conservation Institute is engaged in a project that supports the enhancement of photograph preservation in two areas of the world with significant photograph collections but where access to information and training is still limited.
For conservation professionals in central, southern, and eastern Europe, the GCI offered a three-year course in central Europe entitled Fundamentals of the Conservation of Photographs (2008–2010). Upcoming activities in the region will include a symposium to explore opportunities for conservation practice, research, and collaboration, and a series of advanced-level courses for photograph conservators.
In the Middle East and North Africa, the GCI is taking part in the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative, a collaboration with several partners. This multi-faceted initiative will include a survey of collections in the region, a series of courses for collection custodians, and a symposium focusing on the rich photographic legacy of the Middle East.
Last updated: June 2011