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

About Gawain Weaver

Head Conservator

Gawain Weaver received B.A. degrees in art history and chemistry (2001) from Sonoma State University, and an M.A. in art history and diploma in conservation (2005) from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Over the course of his academic career, he interned at the City Parks Foundation and the Getty Museum, as well as in the photograph conservation departments of the Amon Carter Museum, Library and Archives Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Northeast Document Conservation Center. He also spent a summer studying with José Orraca, a photograph conservator in private practice.

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. In 2008, he returned home to Northern California where he lives today, working as a photograph conservator, teacher, and consultant. In addition to regular workshops, Gawain teaches photograph preservation in the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.

Gawain is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and abides by the AIC Code of Ethics.



Weaver, G. (Spring 2012). Cool And Dry: The Care And Preservation Of Photographs. Chubb Collectors Newsletter.

Weaver, G, and Z. Long (2009). Chromogenic Characterization: A Study of Kodak Color Prints, 1942-2008. Topics in Photographic Preservation 13.

Frey, F., Heller, D., Kushel, D., Vitale, T., J. Warda, G. Weaver. (2008). The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation, (J. Warda, Ed.). Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation.

Weaver, G. (2008) A Guide to Fiber-Base Gelatin Silver Print Condition and Deterioration, Retrieved from Notes on Photographs at George Eastman House. Also available as a PDF.

Weaver, G. (2007) Looking Back: How Digital Screens Mimic the Autochrome. IMAGE, 45(2), 26-29.

Weaver, G. (2007). Early Color Photography. In Centre National de l'Audiovisuel (Ed.), Bloom! Experiments in Color Photography by Edward Steichen (pp. 34-37) Luxembourg: Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean.

Weaver, G. (2005). Commercial Photograph Coatings in North America, 1950 to the Present. In Constance McCabe (Ed.), Coatings on Photographs: Materials, Techniques, and Conservation (pp. 200-217). Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation.

Weaver, G. (2005) Capital Portraits: Conservation of the Topley Studio Index. Electronic publication, held at the School of Information Science Digital Repository, UT Austin. Retrieved from


Selected Lectures

Weaver, G. (2005, February). Commercial Coatings for Photographs in North America, 1950 to the Present. Presented at the Winter Meeting of the Photographic Materials Group (AIC-PMG), Vancouver, British Columbia.

Weaver, G. (2007a, September 27). Additive Colors: from Joly to LCD. Presented at the Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY.

Weaver, G. (2007b, November 11). Additive Screens Rule! Presented at the Colour Photography: From Autochrome to Cibachrome, Courtauld Institute.

Weaver, G. (2008, August 30). A Guide to Fiber-Base Gelatin Silver Print Condition and Deterioration. Presented at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Weaver, G. (2010, November 30). Dye Transfer Printing in the Work of William Eggleston. Presented at the William Eggleston: Democratic Camera exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Weaver, G. (2011, September 28). Photographs: Essentials for Gallerists. Presented to the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, Electric Works, San Franciso.

Weaver, G. (2012a, January 26). Technology and Conservation of Cased Images. Presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Fotoforum, Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco.

Weaver, G. (2012b, April 27). The Story of Silver. Presented at Photography: Preserving the Moment & the Image, Stanford University.