Conservation of Platinum and Palladium Photographs

National Museum of the American Indian and National Gallery of Art

October 21 – 24, 2014 

Instructors: Organized by Constance McCabe, NGA; workshop led by Mike Ware, independent chemist and printmaker, UK; Adrienne Lundgren, Library of Congress;, Christopher Maines, National Gallery; and Pradip Malde, Sewanee, the University of the South; multiple international speakers at symposium.

Participants: Avetyan, Sayatina, Terenteva

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Event summary

A combination of symposium, hands-on workshop, and tours of collections of photographs at the NGA, SI, and Library of Congress brought together the results of a multi-year, multi-institution research project on platinum and palladium photographs.  Despite their reputation for durability, some of these prints have altered over the years.  Connections between original processing variations and current conditions were shown to be vital to understanding both historic and modern prints.

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