The Getty Conservation Institute; the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovak Republic; and the Slovak National Library are coorganizing a symposium, "Photographic Heritage in Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe: Past, Present, and Future," to be held November 5–8, 2007, in Bratislava. The gathering will focus on photographic history, research, and conservation in the countries of Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia.

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The symposium will begin with an overview of photographic conservation, including presentations on the history of photograph conservation worldwide; past and present systems of photograph conservation and education; and important issues relating to the preservation of photographic heritage.

This overview will be followed by presentations from representatives of each participating country detailing their nation’s history of photography, notable photographic collections, and past and present work in the preservation of their national photographic heritage.

A roundtable discussion will conclude the symposium, providing an opportunity for the exchange of ideas to benefit the development of photographic research and photograph conservation practice and education in the region.

For more information on the symposium, including early registration and participation, visit the Getty Web site, or contact:

Gary Mattison
Department Coordinator
GCI Science
Tel: 310 440-6214