Free Process Identification Webinars

Process Identification WebinarsThis webinar series, funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open for all to attend. The first three webinars will discuss the various materials and technologies of photographic prints. The next two will teach a methodology and controlled vocabulary for process identification, as well as a demo of how to use Graphics Atlas. The last one will include an overview of collections care for prints and photographs including proper storage, handling and display methods, and guidelines for the storage environment. Watching the webinars as a series is encouraged but not required. Recordings of the webinars will be made available.

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IPI Executive Director Appointed: Jennifer Jae Gutierrez

Jennifer Jae GutierrezGutierrez, who most recently served as the Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator for the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona in Tucson, began her new position on April 10. She succeeds James Reilly, IPI’s founding director, who retired last December after nearly four decades at the institute, part of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Gutierrez, a distinguished photograph conservator, conservation educator and administrator, said she is both delighted and humbled to become IPI’s new leader. "I’m dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage, and, as executive director of IPI, I will have the potential to contribute to the preservation of collections around the world through leading IPI’s preservation research and educational initiatives," she said.

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New! Two short videos that introduce IPI’s approaches to sustainable management of collection storage environments

Two short videos that introduce IPI’s approaches to sustainable management of collection storage environmentsThese videos were created to supplement a series of webinars and workshops conducted from 2014 -2016 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access. The first video, Sustainable Management of Collection Environments—Dynamic Approaches (watch now), challenges the premise that the best and most sustainable preservation environment is always static and unchanging. A modern view, based on extensive research, is that for many collections a dynamic approach can be more effective and sustainable. The video explores the fundamental ways in which collections deteriorate and talks about balancing collection needs, costs and institutional capabilities. The second video, Sustainable Management of Collection Environments—IPI’s Perspectives (watch now), presents IPI's perspectives on the practice of environmental management. It talks about the role of data and data analysis in achieving a healthy collections environment and shows how to get started with blending sustainability with sound preservation methods.

Apply Now: Process Identification Workshop Dates and Venues Announced

Workshop Dates and Venues Posted

Funded by NEH, this free three-day workshop will teach participants the tools and skills necessary for successful photographic process identification and care by breaking down the complicated subject into simple and easily manageable sections. The seven selected locations are: Rochester, NY, Atlanta, GA, Tucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, and Boston, MA. Since attendance is limited to 20 participants at each venue, we are asking that applications be submitted for consideration. Attendees will be selected based on order of receipt as well as the need for a diversity of institution types and roles. Early application is highly recommended.

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IPI Awarded Major Education & Training Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

IPI Receives NEH Education and Training Grant

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $182,730 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation and Access Education and Training program in support of "Teaching a Methodology for Photographic Process Identification." During the two-year project, IPI will attempt to reach the broadest audience possible using a variety of outreach tools, including seven regional workshops, six 60-minute webinars and three short video tutorials on photographic process identification and care. These educational programs will focus on how to use Graphics Atlas, an online reference resource developed by IPI. Alice Carver-Kubik, a photographic research scientist at IPI and content developer for Graphics Atlas, will lead the project. Stay tuned for upcoming workshop dates and locations. 

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Jean-Louis Bigourdan Receives Silver Light Award at AMIA

Jean-Louis Bigourdan Receives Silver Light AwardJean-Louis Bigourdan, Senior Research Scientist at the Image Permanence Institute, received the Silver Light Award from the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) on November 10th in Pittsburgh, PA. The Silver Light Award recognizes outstanding career achievement in moving image archiving. Measures of achievement may include substantial contributions to the field over an extended period, leadership in the field, work in professional societies or other professional activities, writings or publications, preservation and restoration projects, innovations that advance the cause of preservation, and patronage donated to archives or archival projects.


NEW Publication: The Atlas of Water Damage on Inkjet-printed Fine ArtThe Atlas of Water Damage on Inkjet-printed Fine Art

This atlas is intended to help readers become aware of the various ways that inkjet prints can be harmed during water emergencies. Each page highlights a different form of water damage that an affect inkjet-printed photographs and fine art. Every water emergency will be different, so prior familiarization with all potential types of damage will help disaster responders understand what has occurred to an object as well as how best to react to and recover their materials during the actual event. Funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (Access the online version to look inside the book!) 53 pages, softcover, 8” x 8”. Price: $25.

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New and improved Graphics Atlas identification pages have been launched!

New Identifcation on Graphics Atlas

Graphics Atlas was officially launched in 2010. In 2012 IPI received a three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue work on the site. Our first initiative under the Mellon grant was to survey Graphics Atlas users in order to better understand how the site was used and what areas needed the most improvement. The answer to both questions was the Identification pages. In response IPI developed a new, methodological approach to identification and conducted a complete overhaul of the individual Identification pages based on this methodology. Each Identification page begins with an Overview, which provides a description of each process, common use dates, key identifying features, alternate names, and other information. Identifying characteristics of the process are described in detail in three categories: object, surface, and magnification. The Object View includes characteristics that can be observed with even illumination, such as the nature of the support and the image tone. The Surface View includes surface characteristics of sheen and texture which can be seen with specular or raking light. Magnification describes characteristics like image and layer structure which are best seen with magnification. Lastly, every process includes a Variations section that describes important variations of the process. 

Each process is illustrated with high-resolution images from the IPI study collection and is accompanied by text that describes the connections between chemistry, technology, materials, and the aesthetic characteristics shown, providing the user with an informed approach to identification. The result of this three-year project is a sophisticated and comprehensive web resource with a broad scope of didactic information on graphic processes far surpassing that of any other print or web publication.

Check it out at: http://graphicsatlas.org/identification/


Graphics Atlas Interesting Picture of the Week

Graphics Atlas Interesting Picture of the Week

If you haven't seen it yet, we are excited to officially announce the debut of a new weekly email called Interesting Picture of the Week that highlights various interesting pictures from Graphics Atlas.

We've already received really good response and the word is spreading. We have a lot of great things planned so don't miss out and sign up today!


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