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Subject: Seminar on photographic conservation

Seminar on photographic conservation

From: Douglas Nishimura <dwnpph>
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2003
This is an announcement for the annual GEH/RIT seminar: Preserving
Photographs in a Digital World.

With the increased use of digital imaging technology, today's
collection managers need up-to-date information on how to care for
their collections and make them accessible for research. This
program combines lectures and workshops in traditional preservation
techniques with the theory and practice of digital imaging. The two
aspects of the seminar are complementary--and concerned collection
managers cannot afford to be uninformed in either area.

The Program: A week-long program of lectures and workshops on
traditional photo collection preservation techniques will expand
your expertise on what materials are typically found in photo
collections, how they deteriorate, how to store and protect them,
and how preservation fits in with other collection activities.

Throughout the week, you'll also learn about the basics of digital
imaging and how various image-capture, storage, display, and out-put
strategies compare. In addition, presentations will explain the
design and application of image database systems--always keeping in
context the balance that must be struck between traditional and
digital preservation and access.

The week also offers two optional--but highly recommended--evening
sessions that focus on special aspects of preservation.

You Will Learn:

    *   How to identify processes used to make 19th- and
        20th-century images

    *   How to develop a preservation plan for a photo collection

    *   To recognize various forms of deterioration in negatives,
        prints, and transparencies

    *   How to choose appropriate enclosures and housings

    *   To understand the role of digital imaging in collection
        management

    *   How to store and display photo collections

    *   To understand the basics of digital imaging for archival
        applications

    *   The important quality-control issues related to digital
        imaging

    *   How to evaluate digital image quality and choose vendors and
        equipment

    *   How to plan a digital project that meets your needs

You are also encouraged to share specific problems you've
encountered with your own photographic collections in discussions
with instructors and other participants.

Lectures:

    *   The history and technology of photographic materials
    *   Color processes: traditional and digital
    *   Chemistry of deterioration
    *   Introduction to digital imaging
    *   Preservation planning for photographic collections
    *   Glass-plate and film-negative preservation
    *   Practical realities of a digital imaging project
    *   Organization of photographic collections
    *   Applications of digital imaging in collection management
    *   Scanning photographs
    *   Organization of digital collections: database and indexing
        issues

Workshops:

    *   Negative deterioration, housing, and storage
    *   Digital darkroom, digital camera, and Internet
    *   Process identification--black-and-white, color, and digital
        hard copy

Who Should Attend: Curators, archivists, librarians, conservators,
and others responsible for photographic collections owned by
libraries, galleries, historical societies, and private and
governmental archives will benefit from this program. Because the
program is an introduction--in layman's language--to photographic
preservation technology, digital imaging and archival practice, you
do not need extensive experience or knowledge.

This unique seminar is designed to keep you well-informed about
changes in the fields of photographic conservation and digital
imaging. Our materials are continually updated. Every year, we
review topics and listen to the feedback we get from professionals
like you to make sure we are providing the information you need.

Faculty:

    Program Co-chairmen

        James Reilly
        Director, Image Permanence Institute
        Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
        Rochester, NY

        Grant Romer
        Director, Mellon Advanced Residency Program in Photograph
        Conservation George Eastman House
        Rochester, NY

Other Presenters:

    Jean-Louis Bigourdan
    Research Scientist
    RIT Image Permanence Institute

    Franziska Frey, PhD.
    Professor
    School of Print Media, RIT

    Douglas Nishimura
    Research Scientist
    RIT Image Permanence Institute

    Debbie Norris
    Professor/Director, M.S. Program
    University of Delaware
    Winterthur Museum, Conservation Program
    Wilmington, DE

    Steven Puglia
    Digital Imaging Specialist
    National Archives and Records Administration
    NARA at College Park
    College Park, MD

    David Wooters
    Chief Archivist
    George Eastman House
    Rochester, NY

Location and Scheduling: This program is held at George Eastman
House in Rochester, New York. A welcome reception is scheduled for
Saturday, August 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Daily sessions begin at 8:30
a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Evening sessions are scheduled for Monday and
Wednesday. The program will conclude on Thursday, August 28, at 4:30
p.m.

Lodging: The host hotel for the seminar is the Strathallan Hotel,
located just a few blocks from the museum on historic East Avenue.
Room rates range between $89.00 and $99.00 per night. The
Strathallan also provides transportation to and from the airport.
Their phone number is 1-800-678-7284. There is also the Dartmouth
House Bed and Breakfast, located about 5 blocks from the museum.
Their room rate is $95.00 per night and their number is
585-271-7872.

Cancellation Policy: We will refund the full program fee if you
cancel at least 21 days before the program begins. If you cancel
less than 21 days before the start of the program, we will refund
the program fee minus a $150 registration fee. No refunds will be
given if cancellation occurs less than 14 days before the program.
However, you are welcome to send someone in your place if you cannot
attend. Occasionally Eastman House must modify content or faculty
without additional notice. If the program is canceled for any
reason, we will notify registered participants as soon as possible.
Neither Eastman House nor RIT is responsible for airline ticket
cancellation costs or fees. Eastman House and RIT may publish
photographs of program participants for promotional use.

To register, please phone, fax, or e-mail:

    585-271-3361 ext. 420
    Fax: 585-271-3970
    seminar [at] geh__org

Please include your name, address, daytime phone number, e-mail
address, and method of payment. Payment must be received six weeks
after registration or 21 days before the program, whichever comes
first.

Program Fee and Payment: The program fee is US$1,400. This fee
includes the cost of all instructional materials. You may pay with
Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. If you include credit card
information with your registration, please include the card number
and expiration date.

You may also pay with a check, payable to George Eastman House, and
sent to:

    Theresa Gardner, Education Department
    George Eastman House
    900 East Ave.
    Rochester, NY 14607-2298
    U.S.A.

For information on staff, facilities, and other seminar information,
see: <URL:http://www.rit.edu/IPI> and <URL:http://www.eastman.org>

Next offering: To help you plan ahead we've already scheduled our
next program date for this unique offering: August 21-26, 2004.

Douglas Nishimura
Senior Research Scientist
Image Permanence Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology


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