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Workshop on photographic conservation

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot>
Date: Monday, October 2, 2006
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
Works, in partnership with National Park Service, Harpers Ferry
Center Conservation, presents a "Refresh and Recharge" Workshop:

Basic Treatment of Black-and-white Silver Gelatin Photographs
Instructors: Gary E. Albright and Barbara Lemmen
National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
February 12-15, 2007

This program is designed for mid-career conservators.  Participants
may be selected based on order of receipt of registration, training,
experience, balance of institutional and private practice
conservators, number of registrants from a single organization, and

This workshop focuses on gaining experience with basic photograph
treatment techniques. It is geared toward mid-career paper
conservators who are responsible for photograph collections.
Familiarity with the identification and preservation of 20th century
photographic print processes is a pre-requisite for participation.
The workshop will consist of some lectures, but the majority of the
time will be spent learning and performing hands-on lab work. Some
of the topics that will be covered are: surface cleaning, mending,
humidification and flattening of silver gelatin developed-out
photographic prints on fiber-based supports.

The workshop is designed to:

    Review the history, making, deterioration, dates of
    availability, and identification of silver gelatin developed-out
    photographic prints (SGDOPs)

    Offer an opportunity for the examination of sample, vintage

    Acquaint the participant with the most common treatment options
    for SGDOPs.

    Provide the fundamental photographic treatment skills necessary
    for stabilizing these materials including surface cleaning,
    mending, crease reduction, and flattening.

    Reinforce these skills with an individual treatment project to
    be completed within the time frame of the workshop.

By the end of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

    Appreciate the complexity of silver gelatin developed-out
    photographic prints

    Understand the materials, deterioration, and treatment options

    Evaluate the stability and condition of SGDOPs

    Perform basic conservation treatments including surface
    cleaning, mending, crease reduction, and flattening on these

Housing and Transportation: NCTC (<URL:>) is
a state-of-the-art conference facility located in rural West
Virginia in a park-like setting on the banks of the upper Potomac
River.  It is an ideal place to relax, enjoy nature, and recharge
your professional skills.  It is about a two-hour drive from
Washington, DC, or ninety minutes from Dulles International Airport.
A shuttle bus is available (approximately $70 round trip), leaving
Dulles airport at various times on Sunday and returning Friday
afternoon. Hotel-quality, private rooms with bath are available at
NCTC.  The room rate ($104 per day) includes three meals per day on
site. Other hotels are 20-30 minutes away by car.  Specific housing
recommendations and travel directions will be sent to all

Course Fee: $525 AIC members; $750 non-members
Registration Deadline: January 12, 2007, but early registration is
Enrollment Limit: 14

This program is funded by the FAIC Endowment for Professional
Development, which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and by contributions from  members and friends of the American
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.  Without
this funding, the registration fee for this workshop would be
approximately $1000.00.  Special thanks to Theresa Voellinger of the
National Park Service.

For full description and registration forms see
<URL:> or contact:

    Eric Pourchot
    Professional Development Director
    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
    1717 K Street, NW, Suite 200
    Washington DC 20036
    202-452-9545, ext. 12
    Fax: 202-452-9328
    epourchot [at] aic-faic__org

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