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Upcoming AIC Workshops

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19th Century Photographic Negative Processes course,
June 20-24, 2011
Rochester, New York
Presented by The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Register at their website.

This training event for conservation professionals focuses on replication of real-world scenarios with hands-on components, so enrollment is extremely limited.

This week-long, intensive workshop will delve into all aspects of the earliest forms of the photographic negative: the paper negative and wet plate collodion on glass negative. Participants will create their own sample negatives using historic techniques under the direction of photographer Alan Greene of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mark Osterman, Process Historian at the Kay R. Whitmore Conservation Center at the George Eastman House, and France Scully Osterman of Scully & Osterman Studios.

Variants of each negative type will be discussed and/or demonstrated, reflecting the evolution of these processes during their brief histories. Both pre-waxed and unwaxed variants of the paper negative process will be recreated using vintage techniques developed in England and France. Redevelopment, toning and processing variants of the collodion negative will also be demonstrated. Practica will be complemented by lectures on the chemistry, conservation treatment, preservation, display, history, and aesthetics of these nineteenth century image making techniques. Examples from the George Eastman House collection will available for viewing and discussion.

Speakers will include

· Larry J. Schaaf on the aesthetics of sciagraphy

· Jiuan Jiuan Chen of Paul Messier LLC, on preservation and treatment of paper negatives

· Kate Whitman of the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ralph Wiegandt of George Eastman House, on preservation and treatment of wet plate negatives

· Dr. Mike Ware, Honorary Fellow in Chemistry at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, on the chemistry of paper and collodion negatives

· Marsha Sirven of Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies de la Ville de Paris (ARCP), on the exhibition of negatives

· Malcolm Daniel of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the aesthetics of paper and glass negatives

· Mark Osterman – “Evolution of the Glass Plate Negative”


Digital Imaging for Conservators and Museum Professionals
June 28 – July 1, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
1156 15th Street, Washington, DC (downstairs from the AIC offices)

Digital Imaging for Conservators and Museum Professionals teaches how to use digital photography to document the conservation process, and how to create photographic images to document objects and collections. Participants will learn to produce and archive conservation documentation images as well as operate a digital SLR (dSLR) camera. The emphasis will be on creating images using dSLR cameras, image processing in Adobe Photoshop, and image archiving using best practices.

Instructor Dawn Heller is a seasoned educator in the conservation field who also practices in the private sector. She is a co-author of the book on which this workshop is based, the award winning AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation (2008; second edition forthcoming in 2011), published by the American Institute of Conservation.

Workshops will be a combination of one-on-one direction, small group collaboration, classroom instruction, and computer lab work. The focus will be on extensive hands-on camera work and image processing fundamentals, including color management. Participant interest will also drive the activity, and will help determine course emphasis.


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