[Alt-photo] Upcoming Platinum and Palladium Photographs Symposium in Washington, DC, Oct 22-23

Mike Ware mike at mikeware.co.uk
Thu Oct 2 19:55:10 UTC 2014

In answer to Alberto's question and to expand on Rob's clear description, I can, as a speaker, assure you that it is firmly planned to publish - in hard copy - a full account of the proceedings of this Pt/Pd Symposium, plus more supplementary material. The chief editor will be the Conference organiser, Connie McCabe, Head of Photograph Conservation at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. [An example of the quality of editorship and publication values that we can expect may be seen in her previous volume: 'Coatings on Photographs', American Institute for Conservation, 2005].
Since there are no less than 32 active professional contributors to these proceedings, across some 20 major institutions, together with all that may emerge in discussion by an audience of several hundred, you will realise that pulling the fruits of this initiative together could well take some time - perhaps 18 months or so. But eventually this publication will stand as a landmark in the history of our understanding of this superb process.
Good wishes,

On 2 Oct 2014, at 18:27, Rob McElroy wrote:

> Alberto,
> I am going to the event but I don't know if the proceedings are being recorded or saved in some permanent way.  I hope they are, as it seems like so much of the information will be valuable to future generations.  I will inquire when I get there.
> Rob McElroy
> idag at pce.net
> On Oct 1, 2014, at 1:56 AM, Alberto Novo <alt.list at albertonovo.it> wrote:
>> Really interesting. Will be available the proceedings, in the future? 
>> Alberto 
>>> For All, Just a reminder about the upcoming Platinum and Palladium Photographs Symposium being held at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, Oct 22-23, 2014. There's still time to register. Here's a link to info about the event:
>>> http://www.conservation-us.org/platinum And a detailed schedule of events:
>>> http://www.conservation-us.org/docs/default-source/education/platinum-event-summary19mar2014.pdf?sfvrsn=2 New and surprising information about historic and contemporary platinum and palladium photography will be presented in Washington, DC by leading historians, scientists, and conservators. This symposium is intended for photographers, historians, scientists, conservators, collectors, curators, librarians, and other professionals and students responsible for the creation, interpretation, and preservation of these rare and important photographs. Participants will learn from an interdisciplinary and international team of research partners that participated in a four year collaborative investigation of the history and aesthetics of platinum and palladium photography. This research will provide a better understanding of the chemistry and aesthetic qualities of these photographs and improve approaches for their long term preservation. A wide range of topics relating to the technical history, practice, connoisseurship, and preservation of platinum and palladium photographs will be shared over two days of lectures. Additionally, behind the scenes tours will allow participants to view rare photographic masterworks and examine subtle differences between artistic intent and degradation. The symposium will be hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in conjunction with tours of the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, and the National Museum of American History with the support of The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation of Art and Historic Works. Regards,
>>> Rob McElroy
>>> Buffalo, NY

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