Workshop: Care and Identification of Photographs

September 2-5, 2014: Salt Lake City, UT - Care & ID Workshop

Registration Includes:

  • 4-day workshop (9:00am-5pm each day)
  • 240-page color notebook
  • 60x LED handheld microscope
  • OPTIONAL: Basic Photographic Sample Set

This workshop is hosted by the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT).

This 4-day workshop is an introduction to the history, identification, and preservation of photographic materials. Participants will acquire hands-on identification skills and learn practical photograph preservation techniques. Using handheld 60x microscopes and a large set of photographic and photomechanical samples, they will learn how a variety of processes were created, why they look the way they do, and how they deteriorate. Knowledge about photographic processes is essential to their preservation and leads to a greater appreciation of the aesthetics and history of photographic prints.

Preservation topics include enclosures, handling guidelines, environmental monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on collections, and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials.

Processes examined in detail include but are not limited to the following: daguerreotype, albumen, collodion and gelatin printing-out processes (POP), matte collodion, gelatin silver, photogravure, offset litho, letterpress halftone, collotype, chromogenic color, inkjet, and dye sublimation. Group ID sessions, using a digital microscope and screen projection, will allow participants to practice their identification skills in a guided setting.

A 240-page workshop notebook (printed in color) and a 60x handheld microscope w/LED light is given to every participant to take home. The Basic Photographic Sample Set, consisting of 18 identified photographic and photomechanical processes, is available at the time of registration for $75. The price for the Sample Set without workshop registration is $175.

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Tue, 09/02/2014 (All day) - Fri, 09/05/2014 (All day)