NSTP workshop

Care and Identification of Photographs 

4 – 5 and 7 – 8 February 2013 , 9.30am – 5pm
Central City Library, Waitemata Conference Room, Level 3, 44-46 Lorne Street
Auckland  , Auckland 
$550 inc GST

We regret to advise that applications for this workshop have now closed. Please contact us on natserv@tepapa.govt.nz if you have a question about caring for photographs.

The AIC Photographic Materials Group / ICOM-CC Joint Meeting Convening Committee, with support from National Services Te Paerangi and the National Preservation Office Te Tari Tohu Taonga,  presents a rare opportunity for collection managers and collection care staff who work with photographs to attend a four day workshop with US conservator Gawain Weaver.

About the workshop:

Since their invention, photographs have been made using many different techniques and a range of materials.  The ability to correctly identify these is essential to the preservation of photographs in our collections.  These techniques are best learned in a workshop setting, as they rely on studying original photographs under the guidance of an experienced tutor.  This workshop will enable attendees to confidently identify a range of photographic techniques.

The workshop content will include:

  • Processes examined in detail (including but not limited to the following): 
    • daguerreotype
    • albumen
    • matte collodion
    • gelatin silver
    • photogravure
    • collodion and gelatin printing-out processes (POP)
    • offset litho
    • letterpress halftone
    • collotype
    • chromogenic color
    • inkjet digital
    • dye sublimation
  • Negative formats and materials
  • Group ID sessions, using a digital microscope and screen projection, allowing participants to practice their identification skills in a guided setting
  • Correct storage and handling of photographs and negatives
  • Causes of deterioration
  • Application of cold storage for certain photographic materials.

Anita Hogan, Te Papa Collection Manager Art - Photography, attended this workshop last year:

 “This is an excellent workshop, very well organised, with a great teacher.  There are lots of hands-on sessions with original historic photographs, and the notes are very useful.   Attending improved my confidence in identifying different techniques and their conservation needs.  I recommend it to anyone who works with photograph collections.”

Participants will receive a 240-page colour notebook and a 60x LED handheld microscope for future use.  You will also have the option of purchasing a reference sample set directly from the trainer.

Who will I meet?    

Gawain Weaver is an experienced teacher and photographic conservator.  Gawain received BA degrees in Art History and Chemistry (2001) from Sonoma State University, and an MA in Art History and Diploma in Conservation (2005) from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He has interned at the Getty Museum, the Photograph Conservation departments of the Amon Carter Museum, Library and Archives Canada, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others.  In 2007, he completed a two-year fellowship in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House and Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, NY, followed by a year as a researcher at the Image Permanence Institute.  Gawain is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and abides by the AIC Code of Ethics.  Gawain runs this workshop regularly in the United States - http://gawainweaver.com/workshops/.

Who is it for?

  • This is an advanced level workshop which is suitable for collection managers, curators and other collection care staff working with historic photograph collections within art galleries, heritage organisations, the arts and cultural sector and iwi organisations.
  • Please note: places are limited to 14 for each workshop. To ensure that this opportunity is open to as many organisations as possible, all applications will be reviewed by a selection committee.

Selection criteria:

  • Selection will take into account the applicability of the workshop to the participant’s work, and whether they have already received similar training.  Should the workshop be oversubscribed, the number of participants from any one organisation may be limited to allow others to attend.  
  • The selection panel will consist of Vicki-Anne Heikell (Field Conservator, National Preservation Office), Anita Hogan (Collection Manager Art - Photography, Te Papa) and a representative from National Services Te Paerangi.

 Application process:

  • Fill in the registration form below (and provide any supporting information requested) by the closing date of Friday 16 November 2012.
  • All applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday 30 November 2012.
  • Successful applicants will be required to pay the course fee of $550 (inc GST) prior to the event.

 Cancellation policy:

  • If a participant cancels their place on this course within two weeks of the course date, a cancellation fee of $225 (inc GST) will be charged if a suitable replacement is not found.
  • In the event of this course being cancelled by the organisers, all registration fees will be refunded.

 What else do I need to know:

  • If you have any queries, please contact National Services Te Paerangi - natserv@tepapa.govt.nz or freephone: 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743)
  • Helping Hands Grant travel bursaries of up to $300 per organisation may be available to attend this workshop. Further information will be provided to successful applicants
  • Morning and afternoon tea will be provided each day.  There is a range of lunch options near the venue.