2016 Photography Workshop

“Photo Synthesis: What You Need to Know About Photographs”

March 18, 2016

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

This workshop is for staff who care for various types of photography collections. It will cover identification and description of photographs, acquisition, copyright, framing and mounting, display, storage, and transportation. Attend this workshop to strengthen your knowledge of photographic registration and preventive conservation!  Registration for this workshop is now closed. 

Schedule (revised)

8:00-9:00                  Registration and Breakfast 

9:00-9:10                  Opening remarks  

Speaker: Danielle Bennett, ARCS Workshop Committee Chair/Board Member

9:10-10:30                What is it?  Photography overview   

Speaker: Gawain Weaver, Photo conservator, Gawain Weaver Art Conservation

  • Top 4 photographic processes: Albumen prints, Gelatin silver prints, Dye coupler prints, Inkjet prints
  • General characteristics, common deterioration issues, nomenclature

10:40-12:00               Storage and display  

Speaker: Gawain Weaver, Photo conservator, Gawain Weaver Art Conservation

  • Display guidelines (Temp/RH/Light), Exposure/rotation period, light levels
  • Temp/RH of storage rooms
  • Storage materials, interleaving material
  • Storage enclosures: frames, window mats, folders
  • Cold storage

12:00-1:00                Box lunch 

1:00-2:30                  Installation and Transport   

Speaker: Jed Bark, President, Bark Frameworks

  • Framing, mounting, matting, and hanging-Those practices and materials that:
    Put photographs at risk 
    Protect photographs from environmental insult

Speaker: Katrina Dumas, Exhibitions Coordinator, the Richard Avedon Foundation 

  • Packing for transport
  • Case study: packing aluminum mounted works for shipping

2:40-4:15                  Acquisition/Copyright  

Speaker: Debby Lepp, Associate Registrar for Collections Management, J. Paul Getty Museum 

  • Photography accessioning 

Speaker: Nathan Kerr, Digital Resource Program Manager, Oakland Museum of California

  • Copyright, reproduction, identifying and finding rights holders
  • Determining rights status: public domain, copyrighted materials, orphan works, fair use doctrine, Non-exclusive license agreements
  • Underlying rights: works depicted, architectural photography, privacy/publicity rights

4:15-4:50                  Question and Answer session  

All speakers

4:55-5:00                  Closing remarks  

Speaker: Danielle Bennett,  ARCS Workshop Committee Chair/Board Member

5:00-6:00                  Reception 

Post-workshop reception generously sponsored by TruVue

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