Photographic materials present unique preservation challenges in cultural heritage collections. This course deals with those challenges and offers an introduction to the principles of photographic preservation. Students will learn to identify the various photographic processes, from the daguerreotype to the digital print, as well as their deterioration characteristics. Emphasis will be placed on understanding preventive conservation actions and implementing long term preservation strategies, such as maintaining a good environment and following the safe care, handling and storage guidelines which help extend the longevity of photographic materials. This course is intended to help collections managers, registrars, curators, librarians, archivists, or anyone whose responsibility is to care for a photograph collection.
By the end of this course,
students will be able to:
Danae Renieri is a photographer and holds a Master of Arts in Photographic History from the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. During her postgraduate studies, she understood the significance of photographs as historical evidence. She also, embraced the materiality of photographs and learned to view them both as images and as objects, writing histories directly from them. Her studies and a number of hands-on experiences in archives taught her how to identify various historic photographic processes, how photographic materials can deteriorate over time, and how to properly handle, store and preserve photographs. Her skill set includes photo-editing, retouching, researching, writing, cataloging, digitizing, creating metadata, fine art printing and exhibiting photography. Besides her passion for photography, she enjoys travel, walking, meditating, and is an avid supporter of low-waste living.