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The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation

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

  • 2nd Edition (print version) just $20/$17*!
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About the 3rd Edition (2017): This edition available as pdf only contains updated URLs and notes about websites that may no longer exist since the 2nd Edition was published in 2011. The rest of the material is the same.

About the 2nd Edition (2011): At more than double the size of the first edition, the 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.

Author Profiles

Franziska Frey, PhD, is the McGhee professor at the School of Print Media and a core member of the Graduate Program faculty for the PhD and masters programs in imaging science at the Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. She received her PhD in natural sciences with a concentration in imaging science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1994. Prior to joining the faculty, she worked as a research scientist at the Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research is focused on establishing guidelines for capture, quality control, viewing, and archiving of digital images.

Dawn Heller is a conservator in private practice located in Goodlettsville, TN, specializing in works on paper. She received her MS and Certificate in art conservation from the Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware Program (WUDPAC) in 2002. From 2001 to 2010, she acted as supplemental faculty, helped develop the digital photographic documentation curriculum and managed the digital imaging equipment for WUDPAC. Dawn has also advised other institutions in their change over to digital imaging, including the Library of Congress and Saint Louis Art Museum, as well as private conservators. Currently, she is working with FAIC to develop and present workshops on digital imaging.

Dan Kushel is a SUNY distinguished teaching professor in the Art Conservation Department, Buffalo State College, NY. He received his MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in art conservation from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York, College at Oneonta, in 1976, and earned an MA (1972) and completed doctoral course work in art history at Columbia University. He was assistant conservator at The Brooklyn Museum (1976–1978). Since 1978 he has been on the faculty of the Art Conservation Department of Buffalo State College as instructor of technical examination and documentation. He additionally taught paintings conservation there until 1993. Professor Kushel also served on the faculty of the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. He is a recipient of the American Institute for Conservation Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award for conservation education.

Timothy Vitale is a conservator in private practice in Oakland, CA, specializing in works on paper and photographs. He received an MS in art conservation from the Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware Program in 1977. Vitale has published on water-paper interactions, including the effects of drying and flattening on surface texture; the science of albumen prints, including the Albumen website; digital migration from still film, audiotape, and videotape, including the VideoPreservation website; and digital surrogates created from artworks and wallpaper. Vitale has held several institutional positions, including those at the National Archives and Records Administration, Smithsonian Institution, and Glasgow School of Art.

Jeffrey Warda (editor) is associate conservator, paper, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY. He received his MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in art conservation from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo, in 2005. He has advised and set up digital photographic documentation procedures in conservation departments at numerous museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He was chair of the Electronic Media Group (2006–2008) and the Digital Photographic Documentation Task Force (2007–2008) of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Gawain Weaver is a photograph conservator in private practice in San Rafael, CA. He earned his MA in art history and diploma in conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 2005. Gawain is also a graduate of the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. He was program chair of the Electronic Media Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (2006–2008). Gawain is a lecturer in photograph preservation in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, and he leads regular workshops on the care and identification of photographic materials.