Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials

March 14-18, 2016
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
A Collaborative Workshop in Photograph Conservation

Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials will address the many different historic and contemporary uses of plastics associated with photographic materials including negatives, supports for positive image processes, and plastics used as secondary supports for contemporary photographs. Some of the plastics associated with photographic materials are relatively well-known and described in the literature, but the care and treatment of other types of plastics are not yet well defined. This symposium and workshops aim to fill this knowledge gap by presenting current research and the latest practical knowledge on how to ensure the long-term preservation of the variety of plastics associated with photographic materials. It will be of interest to conservators, curators, collection managers, photo historians and archivists and will provide participants with new information to inform preventive care and conservation treatment approaches. The schedule will allow attendance at two to five days of programs depending on the interests of participants.

             

Registration Information

Symposium: Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials
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March 16 - 17, 2016, at the Center for Creative Photography 
$200 AIC members; $250 Non-AIC members; Students $80 (students must send proof of student/fellow/intern/emerging conservator status to courses@conservation-us.org)
             

Workshop: Photographic Negatives** 
March 14 and March 18, 2016, at the Center for Creative Photography. 
$125 AIC members; $150 Non-AIC members; Students $100 (students must send proof of student/fellow/intern/emerging conservator status to courses@conservation-us.org)

Workshop: Contemporary Plastic Supports** 

March 14 and March 18 (FULL), 2016, at the Center for Creative Photography.
$125 AIC members; $150 Non-AIC members; Students $100 (students must send proof of student/fellow/intern/emerging conservator status to courses@conservation-us.org)

Tours
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March 15, 2016, all tours will take place in the afternoon (times vary).
Registration opening soon. All tours will be free with the exception of the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab ($8 registration fee).
**You must be registered for the symposium to be eligible to attend the workshops

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Program Descriptions

SymposiumThe two-day symposium (March 16 - 17) will feature opening lectures by invited session chairs, as well as 20-minute submitted presentations discussing a variety of themes related to plastics associated with photographic materials including treatment case studies. The two-day symposium will consist of four sessions including:
  • Session I: History, Identification, and Material Characterization of Transparent Film Supports 
  • Session Chair: María Fernanda Valverde, Conservator of Photographs, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
  • Session II: Preservation of Transparent Film Supports
  • Session Chair: Jean-Louis Bigourdan, Research Scientist, Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Session III: Plastics Associated with Photographic Prints
  • Session Chair:  Sylvie Pénichon, Conservator, Department of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Session IV: Plastic Secondary Supports for Contemporary Photographs
  • Session Chair:  Alex Clarke, Studio Manager, Jeff Wall Studio London

    Contemporary Plastic Supports Workshop: This workshop is designed specifically for photograph conservation professionals interested in a hands-on experience that will address treatment challenges associated with plastic secondary supports for contemporary photographs, specifically face-mounted photographs. This workshop will have two instructors; Alex Clarke, Studio Manager, Jeff Wall Studio London and Jennifer Jae Gutierrez, Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator at the Center for Creative Photography.
    **Please note that you must be registered for the symposium to be eligible to attend this workshop

    Photographic Negatives Workshop: This workshop is designed for a broader audience that includes collection managers and other professionals who supervise preventive conservation of photography collections and will address how to distinguish the different plastic supports for photographic negatives, best practices for housing negative collections, and cold storage solutions. The instructor for this workshop is María Fernanda Valverde, Conservator of photographs, Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
    **Please note that you must be registered for the symposium to be eligible to attend this workshop

    ToursThe Tuesday afternoon tours offered in conjunction with this workshop highlight two unique cultural institutions and two unique research laboratories at the University of Arizona; Center for Creative Photography, Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and the Arizona State Museum.

    Travel Information

    View a list of accommodations compiled for the convenience of out-of-town visitors. Please note that AIC/FAIC and Center for Creative Photography in no way endorse these businesses.

    Tucson Streetcar
    The streetcar is estimated to reach a stop every 10 minutes a day, every 20 minutes at night. There is a stop 2 blocks south of the Center.
    1-Day SunGO ticket. Once activated, good for 24 hours: $4
    SunGO Card or SunGO ID & Card cash value:
    • One-way full fare: $1.50 
    • One-way economy fare: $.50

    Scholarship Funding

    FAIC/Mellon Photograph Workshop Professional Development Scholarship
    The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC), with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers scholarships up to $1000, plus waiver of registration fees, to help defray professional development costs for international attendees. Proposed projects are limited to expenses related to attending FAIC Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation. Applications due February 15, 2016 deadline. Please note that February 15 applicants will not be notified of their award status prior to the Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials program. Award recipients will be reimbursed for cost associated with attending the program.

    FAIC/NEH Individual Professional Development Scholarships
    The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC), with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), offers scholarships up to $1000 to help defray professional development costs for individual members of AIC who are U.S. residents. Proposed projects are limited to expenses related to attending FAIC workshops supported by the NEH.

    Support

    Funding for this program comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fund for Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding comes from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works Endowment for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is supported by donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation and its friends. Courses are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.

                 


     
    Questions?
    Contact: Sarah Saetren
    FAIC Education Associate
    (202) 661-8071
    courses@conservation-us.org