Of the Past, For the Future

Bertrand Lavédrine; 2003

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More than thirty years of continuing research into the preservation of photographic collections have led to a better understanding of the fragility of these images and the means by which to preserve them. A useful resource for the photographic conservator, conservation scientist, curator, as well as professional collector, A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph Collections synthesizes both the enormous amount of research that has been completed to date and the international standards that have been established on the subject.

The book opens with a description of the principal forms of deterioration that photographs may undergo. It surveys the variety of containers used to house photographs and the environmental conditions each is meant to improve. The book discusses the maintenance of photographic collections and the precautions that must be taken in exhibiting them. Special attention is given to the digital technology and innovative techniques available to manage a photographic collection and ensure its longevity.

Related Getty Conservation Institute projects: Photographic Processes Research and Conservation of Photographic Materials.

How to Cite this Work
Lavédrine, Bertrand. 2003. A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph Collections. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute. http://hdl.handle.net/10020/gci_pubs_preven_conserv_photo