Gawain WeaverGawain Weaver: Conservation and Consulting Services in the Care of Historic and Fine Art Photographs


Workshops are offered across the United States on an on-going basis, and online registration is available below. Upcoming workshops will be announced here as soon as their details are confirmed. Workshops offered regularly by institutions or other instructors are also listed below. The 4-day Care and ID workshops often fill to capacity in a short time, so register early to ensure a place. 


The Care and Identification of Photographs

Upcoming Workshop Dates:


Gawain will not be teaching as many workshops in 2016 as he has in recent years. Things are very busy in the studio. There may be Northern and or Southern California workshops later in 2016 and they will be posted as they are finalized. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in coming years, please contact Gawain

 This workshop is an intensive 4-day introduction to the history and technology of photographic materials. It teaches a practical approach to the identification and preservation of photographs from the daguerreotype to the inkjet print. The combination of small class size (no more than 15 students) and the 4-day course length makes this a unique course that gives students the time and instruction necessary to gain a practical working knowledge of photographic identification and care. Registration Includes:

  • 4-day workshop
  • 260-page color notebook (it's growing and improving with every workshop!)
  • 60x LED handheld microscope
  • OPTIONAL: Basic Photographic Sample Set

"I loved your workshop! It was incredibly informative and so much fun. The course format kept things interesting and provided untedious reinforcement of unfamiliar subject areas, and your command of the subject, ability to convey complex concepts simply and clearly, patience, and sense of humor really made it all worthwhile. Yours is probably the best workshop I've ever attended. Thanks!"

--April Gage, Archivist, NASA Ames Research Center

"Can't thank you enough, Gawain! Your knowledge, and the presentation of it, far exceeded expectations."

--Jean Marie Smart, Visual Resources Curator, University of Arizona


 Advanced Photograph Conservation Workshops

Designed for book and paper conservators, this 4-day workshop is designed to teach mid-career non-photograph conservators basic cleaning, stabilization, and repair techniques particularly for library and archive collections.

2014 Dates:

  • October 14-17, 2014 (Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC)

More information and application information here:


Online Courses

For those who cannot attend a workshop in person, the online course Care of Photographs is offered twice per year through the Northern States Conservation Center. These online classes run for 9 weeks and are an excellent introduction to the history and technology of photographic materials.

MS 222: Care of Photographs

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Class Description: Photographic materials cover a diverse range, everything from the daguerreotypes and wet plate negatives of the 19th century to the gelatin silver, chromogenic and inkjet prints of the 20th and now 21st century. Care of Photographs offers a broad introduction to the history, technology, identification, and care of these and other photographic materials. Topics include environmental monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity, and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials. It is intended to help those caring for photographic materials to gain a better understanding of their collections and how to care for them.

The Basic Photographic Sample Set is an integral part of this course and is purchased separately via the online store at the NSCC student price of $75

For more information or to register visit their website.


Custom Workshops

Customized workshops for your institution can be arranged for any length of time and on a wide variety of topics relating to the care, conservation, and technical history of photographic materials. Past workshops have focused on an in-depth understanding of the history, nature, and deterioration of the gelatin silver print, and the care and identification of color photography from the 19th century to today's inkjet prints. An extensive collection of sample prints from the entire history of photography is used to illustrate and provide hands-on experience for students in the identification and understanding of photographic and photomechanical processes. Please contact Gawain Weaver directly to discuss how a customized workshop can be planned to meet your needs.


Other Workshops in the United States

Photography Workshops at George Eastman House (Rochester, NY)

George Eastman House has begun a series of workshops taught by process historian Mark Osterman and others. Some of these workshops offer hands-on instruction in the creation of historic photographic processes combined with the viewing of historic prints from the George Eastman House collection. Mark has a remarkably deep hands-on knowledge of these processes and these workshops offer a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of specific processes.

For registration and further information see Eastman House Workshop Info

The Identification of Photographic Print Processes (Rare Book School)

This course is taught by James Reilly (assisted by Ryan Boatright) once a year at Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. James Reilly is an excellent teacher and the author of the now classic Care and Identification of 19th Century Photographic Prints. The tuition for 2011 RBS courses was $1095. While there is no sample set available directly through the RBS course, participants will find that the Basic Sample Set is an excellent companion to Reilly's RBS course.

Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies (Mount Carroll, IL)

A series of three courses, Care of Photographic Collections I-III, is taught on an annual rotating basis at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies by long-time photograph conservator Gary Albright. Each course is 3 days, and the courses build on each other. Up-to-date course schedule info and online registration is available at the Campbell Center website. Course fee: $735/3-day course, however room and most meals are included as part of the tuition!


Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artificacts

Focusing on Photographs: Identification and Preservation: This two-day program will help cultural institutions to develop the strategies needed to establish safe storage environments and handling procedures, and to select appropriate reformatting options. Gawain Weaver will be one of several photograph conservators featured in the program.

This program is intended for staff who are involved in collections care activities or have responsibility for photograph collections, such as librarians, archivists, curators, collections managers, stewards of historic house museums, and records managers. This program has been held three times so far, in Philadelphia in 2009, Baltimore in 2010, and Atlanta, GA in 2013.

Upcoming Dates:

  • To Be Announced

See the CCAHA website for further information and online registration.