Public Discussion: I’ve Just Seen a Face…


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A public discussion about the preservation of photographic collections will be held at the South African National Gallery on 2 August 2017.

The Preservation of Photographic Collections
The Preservation of Photographic Collections

The discussion title, “I’ve Just Seen a Face: The Preservation of Photographic Collections” will be led by Professor Debra Norris from the University of Delaware.

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Photographs connect the world. They are complex structures. Their final images, comprised of silver or platinum metal, pigments and organic dyes in cyan, yellow and magenta will fade and discolour over time. This presentation will address the basic structure of popular 19th and 20th century photographic processes, and provide practical guidance on long-term preservation.

Tips on emergency response and recovery, proper storage and handling will also be offered.

Debra Hess Norris is Chair of the Art Conservation Department, Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, and Professor of Photograph Conservation at the University of Delaware. Since 1985, Norris has authored more than 45 articles and book chapters on care and treatment of photographic materials, emergency response, ethics, and conservation education; and taught more than 125 workshops and seminars for conservators and allied professionals globally – across North America and Europe and in the Middle East, in South America, Asia and Africa.

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