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An international symposium focusing on photographs as integral components of cultural heritage, and on developing preservation strategies for photograph collections located in central, southern, and eastern Europe

Co-organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, California; the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovak Republic; and the Slovak National Library, Martin, Slovak Republic

November 5–8, 2007
SÚZA Conference Center Bratislava
Drotárska cesta 46
811 04 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Complete timeline for the symposium is available here. (PDF format, 2pp. 492 KB)

About the Symposium

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The four-day symposium will focus on the history of photography and photograph conservation in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia.

The first and second days will feature lecturers speaking on the challenges of photograph conservation, the world history of photograph conservation, and the current state of photograph conservation education. Representatives from each participating country will describe their country's history of photography, its notable photograph collections, and current photograph conservation efforts.

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On the third day, a roundtable discussion will be held on management and conservation needs of photograph collections—whether they are housed in fine art or historical museums, state or institutional archives, or in important private photograph collections—and how to best address these needs. The discussion will provide an opportunity for the dynamic exchange of ideas to benefit the development of photograph research, and conservation practice and education in the region.

On the final day, a tour will be offered to local museums in Bratislava and other points of interest.

The goal of this symposium is to serve as a catalyst for an international collaboration to establish photograph education and training programs to preserve the rich photograph heritage of central, southern, and eastern Europe.

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The symposium will also be an important step for the development of the Getty Conservation Institute's educational initiative, "Conservation of Photographs and Photograph Collections for Countries in Central, Southern and Eastern Europe," scheduled to begin in September 2008.

The official language of the symposium will be English.


Online registration is no longer available.

NOTE: It is possible to register Sunday afternoon, 4 November (17:00 - 19:00) in the SÚZA lobby and Monday morning, 5 November (7:30 - 8:45) but payment can only be accepted in Euro or Slovak koruna. The cost of this registration will be €30 or 1,050 SKK (€10 or 350 SKK for students with valid ID). Registration fees include admission to the symposium, related events, and the symposium dinner.


The symposium will be held at the SÚZA Conference Center in Bratislava. Rates for SÚZA and other hotels are included below.

NOTE: Attendees are responsible for securing their own travel arrangements and hotel accommodations for this symposium.

Partial list of Bratislava hotels is available here. (PDF format, 100KB, 1p.)

For questions related to the symposium or attendance, please contact:

Barbara Burianova
Conservation Department
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava
Hviezdoslavovo nam. 18
814 37 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Mobile phone (421) 908/658 806

Gary Mattison
Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA
Telephone (310) 440 6214

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Last updated: October 2007