staff of the Hermitage photograph conservation laboratory

Guidance for the Hermitage Photograph Conservation Initiative involves dozens of individuals in three countries.  In addition to the following people, we must thank all of the instructors, mentors, translators, web designers, and others who have contributed their talents to this initiative.

Project Directors

Dr. Vyacheslav Fedorov, Head of the History of Russian Culture Department, State Hermitage Museum

Paul Messier, independent conservator of photographic materials based in Boston, Massachusetts

Hermitage Photography Working Group Chaired by Dr. Fedorov

Tatyana Baranova, Head, Scientific Restoration and Conservation Department
Miriam Dandamayeva, Scientific Secretary
Natalia Grishanova, Head of Registrar Department
Natalia Avetyan, Curator of Photographs, History of Russian Culture Department
Irina Terentyeva, Curator of Photographs, History of Russian Culture Department
Alexandra Davidova, Interpreter, Hermitage Friends
Ekaterina Molchanova, Curator of Sector of Negatives, Manuscripts and Documents Department
Natalia Polevaya, Documentarian, Scientific Restoration and Conservation Department
Tatyana Sayatina, Head, Laboratory of Scientific Conservation of Photographic Materials, Scientific Restoration and Conservation Department, Project Coordinator

Advisory Committee Chaired by Paul Messier

Karina Beeman, photograph conservator at Paul Messier Studios
Robert Burton, photograph cataloguer at Harvard University Library’s Weissman Preservation Center
Franziska Frey, Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian and Head of Preservation and Digital Imaging Services, Harvard Library
Debra Hess NorrisUnidel – Henry Francis DuPont Chair of Fine Arts, Chair and Professor, Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware
Bertrand Lavédrine, Director of the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections, a national scientific research institute in Paris and Professor at the National Museum of Natural History
Dr. Eric Pourchot, Institutional Advancement Director of the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC)
Angelica Zander Rudenstine, consultant to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Other State Hermitage Museum Staff

Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director, The State Hermitage Museum
Svetlana Adaksina, Deputy Director for Inventory, Storage and Conservation, and Chief Curator
Marina Antipova, Deputy Director for Finance, Hermitage XXI Century Foundation
Alexey Bogdanov, Deputy Director for Maintenance, Chief Engineer
Georgy Vilinbakhov, Deputy Director for Research, Chairman of the Heraldic Council at the President of Russian Federation
Vladimir Matveyev, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Development
Natalia Krestyaninova, Lawyer

Staff for the Photograph Conservation Laboratory

Tatyana Sayatina, Head of the laboratory, Conservator
Natalya Laytar, Conservator
Olga Eberts, Conservator
Aleksey Kosolapov, Conservator
Daria Brovkina, Conservator
Marina Kozlova, Scientist

Other Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) Staff

Eryl P. Wentworth, Executive Director
Abigail Choudhury, Development and Education Coordinator
Bonnie Naugle, AIC Communications Manager
Sandy T. Nguyen
, Finance Director
Sofia I. Barron,HPCI Website Coordinator (with thanks to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens)

Hermitage XXI Century Fund Staff

Marina Antipova, founder, Deputy Director for Finance
Marina Tsyguleva, founder, Head of Legal Department of the State Hermitage
Zorina Myskova, founder, Chairman
Victoria Docuchaeva, member of the board, Finances, Project management
Natalia Petrunina, Lawyer

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Staff

Mariët Westermann, Vice President
Alison Gilchrest, Program Officer, Art History, Conservation, and Museums

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