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Subject: Workshop on photographic conservation

Workshop on photographic conservation

From: Debra Hess Norris <dhnorris>
Date: Monday, October 29, 2001
Nineteenth Century Silver-Based Photographic Print Processes
A Workshop in Photograph Conservation
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
February 4-8, 2002

Description:  This workshop will cover the technical aspects of
creating paper negatives and positive images in salted paper,
albumen, and gelatin and collodion printing-out photographic
processes. The hands-on sessions will be directed by Doug and Toddy
Munson of the Chicago Albumen Works, using their extensive
experience in all these processes to produce images within a range
of variables. Lee Ann Daffner of the Museum of Modern Art will
discuss her extensive research in the characterization, analysis,
and preservation of paper negative collections. Scott Williams of
the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at South Dakota
School of Mines and Technology will review silver image formation
and toning mechanisms. Malcolm Daniel, Associate Curator of
Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will show premier
examples of nineteenth century silver images from the Department of
Photographs and discuss the surrounding aesthetic impulses within
the social context of the time. Lisa Barro, Fellow at the
Metropolitan Museum, will present her research to establish
parameters for XRF analysis of silver images. Roger Taylor, formerly
of Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, England,
will elucidate on the social implications for photography in the
period from 1840 to 1860 in England.

Eligibility: The workshop is open to recent graduates in photograph
conservation and photograph conservation practitioners who have had
limited access to equivalent training. Enrollment is very limited.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae
and a statement of purpose of no more than 1000 words, clearly
describing why participation in this workshop is important to their
educational and professional goals. Prior experience with the topic
or lack thereof should be noted as well as opportunities for
dissemination of information gained. One sealed letter of approval
from a person knowledgeable about the applicant's qualifications and
educational needs should be included with the application packet.
Applications will be evaluated according to their statements of
purpose, commitment to photograph conservation, educational needs,
letter of recommendation, previous workshops attended, and access to
educational opportunities. If financial aid is necessary for
attending the course, a separate statement should be included.
Financial aid will be awarded on the basis of need and may include
basic travel expenses and a per diem allowance.

Application materials should be submitted to: Mellon Collaborative
Course, c/o Art Conservation Department, 303 Old College, University
of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, by November 25th, 2001. Decisions
will be mailed by December 9th, 2001. Any questions can be directed
to Debra Hess Norris at 302-831-3696 or Nora Kennedy at

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:36
                 Distributed: Tuesday, November 6, 2001
                       Message Id: cdl-15-36-011
Received on Monday, 29 October, 2001

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