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Online course on care of photographs

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Sunday, September 21, 2008
Northern States Conservation Center announces a new online class: MS
222: Care of Photographs. Taught by Gawain Weaver, a photograph
conservator, the course covers identification and care of old and
current photographic materials.  Students receive samples of
techniques discussed in the lectures.

Care of Photographs
October 6-31, 2008
Location: <URL:>

Price: $475.00 (Includes $50 materials fee)

Instructor: Gawain Weaver

    Photographs are among the most common objects in modern society.
    But think for a moment how you care for photos. Are your
    personal snapshots the photographic record of your family's
    history kept in acid-free portfolios stored in
    climate-controlled rooms? Probably not. And unfortunately,
    that's often the case with photographs held by museums and
    archives. Photos represent a diverse range of objects from 19th
    century daguerreotypes and wet plate negatives to gelatin
    silver, chromogenic color and inkjet prints of more recent

    Care of Photographs introduces participants to the history,
    technology, identification, and care of photographic materials.
    Topics include environmental monitoring, temperature and
    relative humidity, and the importance of cold storage. It is
    intended to help anyone who cares for photographic materials to
    better understand their collections and how to care for them.

    Each student receives two sample sets of photographs. Course
    fees cover the $50 cost of these samples.

    Sample Set 1 (6)

        Collodion POP Printed out paper
        Gelatin POP
        Matte Collodion
        Gelatin Silver Print, fiber-base
        Silver Gelatin Prints, RC

    Sample Set 2 (11)

        Offset Lithography
        Chromogenic Color (RC)
        Chromogenic Color (Fiber)
        Dye Sublimation

    Course Outline:

        History and Technology of Photography: Intro and 19th
        century negatives

        History and Technology of Photography: Silver-based black
        and white processes

        Identification of Photographs, Part 1

        History and Technology of Photography: Non-silver processes

        History and Technology of Photography: Photomechanical

        History and Technology of Photography: Color and inkjet

        Identification of Photographs, Part 2


        Care of Photographs

        The Preservation Environment

    Logistics: Participants in Care of Photographs work at their own
    pace through 10 sections and interact through online forums and
    chats. Instructor Gawain Weaver will be available at scheduled
    times for email support. Materials include online readings and
    lecture notes, slide shows, quizzes and links to relevant web
    sites. The course is limited to 20 participants.

    Care of Photographs runs for four weeks. Please pay at
    <URL:> to reserve a
    place in the course. If you have trouble, please contact Helen
    Alten at helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org

    The Instructor:

        Gawain Weaver teaches international workshops on photograph
        conservation and preservation. He earned his master's degree
        in art history and conservation from New York University's
        Institute of Fine Arts and was a fellow at the George
        Eastman House and Image Permanence Institute for two years.
        His interest in photograph conservation included studying at
        Library and Archives Canada, the Amon Carter Museum, the
        Museum of Modern Art, and the Northeast Document
        Conservation Center.

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