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AIC News, September 2017

Photographic Materials Group (PMG)

PMG Leadership

We would like to thank our outgoing Chair Sylvie Pénichon and Program Chair Tram Vo for their leadership and years of service to PMG. Going forward, Tram has agreed to serve on the Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee is now seeking candidates for the position of Secretary/Treasurer. The new officer would begin her/his 2-year term after the Annual Meeting in Houston. If you are interested, please contact members of the Committee: Sarah Freeman, Alisha Chipman, and Tram Vo.

PMG is also looking for volunteers to fill two positions: Publications Coordinator and Topics in Photographic Preservation Postprints Editor. Brenda Bernier (Director, Communications, AIC Board), Jessica Keister (current Editor), and I will be happy to answer questions you might have regarding these positions. The Publication Coordinator chairs the PMG Publication Committee, liaises with PMG officers, and serves as a member of AIC Publication Committee to provide support to our website, publications, and product sales. These positions offer a great opportunity to get involved and make long-lasting contributions to PMG.

2018 AIC Annual Meeting

The next Annual Meeting of the AIC will take place in Houston, Texas, May 31 to June 2, 2018. The theme of the meeting will be “Material Matters.” PMG is planning to have a full schedule of presentations and a business meeting. The last day for online submissions for presentations and workshops is September 15, 2017.

2019 Biennial Winter Meeting

Deciding on the location for our 2019 winter meeting is on the top of our list. PMG officers have obtained information gathered by previous officers to continue discussion and follow-up with potential venues. Stay tuned for more details; they will be posted as they become available.


Exciting news – the book Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation, has gone to press! Editor Connie McCabe expects the bulk of the print run to arrive in early October of this year. The period for a pre-publication discount has passed, but you can still preorder at full price in AIC’s e-store. Print copies will be available for purchase through AIC’s print store once the book is received in-house. Please spread the word about the book, as it will be an invaluable resource.

PMG Website

The first version of the new PMG subsite, within the AIC website, is now complete and can be viewed here: The purpose of the subsite is to make PMG-related information accessible to you as members, so please take a look and send questions and feedback to Lisa Duncan,; or Heather Brown, This site is slated to replace all current PMG webpages by the end of the year.

FAIC Collaborative Workshops

Registration is open for modules 4 and 5 of the Photographic Chemistry Web Series featuring lectures by Dr. Scott Williams. You can still register for the Salted Paper Prints Symposium hosted by Weissman Preservation Center in Cambridge, MA, on September 14-15, 2017. “Compensation for Loss” will be hosted by the George Eastman Museum in the spring of 2018. Two more workshops are in preparation: one focusing on “Large Format Photography,” organized by Theresa Andrews; and one devoted to “Characterization of Materials,” organized by Paul Messier.

Analog Sample Set

Funding has been secured for all of the processes, except the dye transfer prints (about $60,000), and for housing and remaining administrative fees (approximately $32,500). The Committee – Nora Kennedy, Luisa Casella, Sarah Freeman, and Debbie Hess Norris – are now considering cost, allocation, and distribution, and invite the membership to contact them with any ideas for fundraising.

— Barbara Lemmen, PMG Chair,