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Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation

This series of workshops was initiated by Debra Hess Norris and Nora Kennedy in 1997, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  In 2008, the program became part of the FAIC Professional Development Program, under an endowment grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  An Advisory Committee provides planning and guidance for the workshops.


The Advisory Committee - current members

Tania Passafiume (elected 2014)
Millard Schisler (elected 2014)
Theresa Andrews (elected 2013)
Monique Fischer (elected 2013)
Luisa Casella (elected 2012)
Stephanie Lussier (Board Liaison 2011)
Debra Hess Norris (appointed 2009)
Nora Kennedy (appointed 2009)

Eric Pourchot and Sarah Saetren serve as FAIC Staff for the project.

The Advisory Committee - previous members

Sylvie Penichon (2009-2014)
Paul Messier (2009-2013)
Martin Juergens (2009-2012)
Karen L. Pavelka (Board Liaison 2009-2011)


Workshop History - FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation

Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials.  March 14-18, 2016 Symposium, workshops, and tours.  Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ. 

Photographic Chemistry for Preservation.  2015/2016, various dates.  An online series of courses on specific topics in chemistry of photography.

Platinum and Palladium Photography.  October 21-24, 2014. Symposium, workshops, and tours.  National Museum of the American Indian, National Gallery of Art, American Museum of Natural History, and Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Conservation of Glass in Photography.  October 21-25, 2013.  J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Identification and Conservation of Digital Prints.  October 29-November 2, 2012.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Scientific Analysis of Photographs.  June 12-15, 2012.  Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

The Treatment of Pressure-sensitive Tapes and Tape Stains on Photographs.  November 28-December 2, 2011National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

Nineteenth Century Negatives.  June 20-24, 2011.  George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Characterization of Silver Gelatin Photographs.  September 30-October 1, 2010.  New York Public Library, NY.


The New York Public Library has made available six video recordings of presentations from the "Characterization of Silver Gelatin Photographs," a collaborative workshop in photographic conservation:


Workshop History - Previous Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation

Conservation of Daguerroetypes.  October 19-23, 2009.  Cambridge, MA, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library.

Conservation Issues in Contemporary Photography:  20th Century Color.  October 20-24, 2008.  New York City, NY, MoMA.

Damaged and Deteriorated Print Materials:  Compensation for Loss.  January 28-February 1, 2008, Los Angeles, CA, J. Paul Getty Museum

Nineteenth Century Silver-Based Print Processes.  October 8-12, 2007.  New York City, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Contemporary Photography:  Digital Prints (lecture version).  February 27-March 1, 2007.  New York City, NY, MoMA

Contemporary Photography:  Digital Prints (hands-on version).  November 6-10, 2006.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Photographs and Preventive Conservation.  February 27-March 1, 2006.  Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Nineteen Century Photographic Negative Processes.  June 13-17, 2005.  George Eastman House, Rochester, NY 
Pictorialist Processes of the Photo-Secession.  November 29-December 3, 2004.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Compensation for Loss.  March 2004.  J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Photographs and Preventive Conservation.  September 2003.  Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Conservation Issues in Contemporary Photography.  November 2002.  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Nineteen Century Silver-Based Photographic Processes.  February 2002.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Finishing Photographs.  June 2001.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Damaged and Deteriorated Photographic Print Materials:  Compensation for Loss.  January 2001.  J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Contemporary Photographic Processes.  June 2000.  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mounting and Unmounting of Photographic Print Materials.  March 2000.  International Museum of Photography/George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Pictoralist Processes of the Photo-Secession.  June 1999.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Nineteenth Century Silver Print Processes.  June 1997.  New York University and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY