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Special Projects

Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation

Jeffrey Warda (editor), Franziska Frey, Dawn Heller, Dan Kushel, Timothy Vitale, Gawain Weaver

At more than double the size of the first edition, this greatly expanded second edition includes major additions to the text and is fully illustrated with over 120 color figures. Complete updates to the text have been added throughout, including recommendations on the use of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and a greatly expanded chapter on storage and backup of electronic records. Chapter 6 on Photographic Techniques for Conservation, has also been expanded—principally in regard to Infrared and Ultraviolet Photography.
   This new edition also includes nearly 40 pages of detailed screenshot instructions in the Appendix that fully illustrate sample photography workflows in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Finally, this second edition has a wraparound internal spiral binding, allowing the book to lay flat—a request made by many readers of the first edition. 

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Ethics & Critical Thinking in Conservation

Pamela Hatchfield (editor), Barbara Appelbaum, Deborah Bede, Gabriëlle Beentjes, James Janowski, Jane E. Klinger, Frank Matero, Salvador Muñoz Viños, William Wei, Z. Benders, E. Domela Nieuwenhuis, George Wheeler, and Nancie Ravenel

This collection of essays brings to focus a moment in the evolution of the complex decision making processes required when conservators consider the treatment of cultural heritage materials. The papers presented here are drawn from two consecutive years of presentations at the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Annual Meeting General Sessions. These were, in 2010, The Conservation Continuum: Examining the Past, Envisioning the Future, and in 2011, Ethos Logos Pathos: Ethical Principles and Critical Thinking in Conservation. 

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PhotoDocumentation Targets (AIC PhD Targets)


Designed by Dan Kushel, Jiuan-Jiuan Chen, and Luisa Casella*
Produced by Robin Myers Imaging

The AIC PhD Targets provide an easy and efficient way to include photographic reference standards as well as image and artifact identification information. The design of the AIC PhD Targets has been carefully planned to minimize the space occupied by this important reference material in the image frame. Lightweight and of robust construction, each target has the following elements: six-step grey scale, color patches (CMYRGB), a lighting indicator associated with a photogrammetric indicator, a size scale, and an area for date and object identification information. 

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Health and Safety for Museum Professionals


The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) have joined forces on the ultimate reference book for museum professionals: Health and Safety for Museum Professionals, edited by Catharine Hawks, Michael McCann, Kathryn Makos, Lisa Goldberg, David Hinkamp, Dennis Ertel, and Patricia Silence.

The nineteen chapters were written by top specialists in their field.  This hardcover book is nearly 650 pages and is sure to be heavily used at your museum.

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