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Spring 2024 Care and ID of Photographs IN-PERSON Course begins April 9 in Austin, TX

February 14, 2024

What: Care and Identification of Photographs, IN-PERSON ECLIPSE
When: April 9-12, 2024
Where: Austin, TX (Harry Ransom Center)
Who: Archivists, curators, collectors and complete beginners!


Registration Includes:
• 4-day in-person course
• 60x LED handheld microscope
• 260-page full-color notebook packet
• OPTIONAL: Basic Photographic Sample Set

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to view a total solar eclipse! On April 8th, a total solar eclipse will be visible from Austin, TX. Come a day early and experience this stunning celestial phenomenon!

You'll also have the chance to see the earliest surviving photographThe Niépce Heliograph, on display at the Harry Ransom Center.

Course Description:

Whether you are an archivist seeking to invest in your professional development or a family historian pursuing your passion, this 4-day intensive course will introduce you to the history, identification, and preservation of photographic materials. Using a handheld microscope, you will practice identifying 30 of the most commonly encountered photographic materials and formats ranging from daguerreotypes and cartes-de-visite to gelatin silver and inkjet prints. Through lectures, demonstrations, and group discussions, you will become familiar with historical and aesthetic similarities and differences between photographic processes, and critically consider preservation strategies informed by proper ID. Earn a Certificate upon completion, useful for professional or personal projects involving photographic collections.

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