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

Care and Identification of Photographs, ONLINE

March 30 - May 17, 2020: Care & ID ONLINE Workshop

Gawain Weaver lecture on deterioration

Registration Includes:

  • 7-week online course
  • Weekly lectures with high-quality closed captions
  • 60x LED handheld microscope
  • Basic Photographic Sample Set
  • 250-page full-color workshop notebook
    • 3-hole punched pages, use your own 1" binder
  • Asynchronous video lectures, quizzes, puzzles, readings (at your own pace each week)
  • 1-hour weekly Zoom video chat is only synchronous activity
    • Thursdays 1pm Pacific Time
    • Recorded live each week for when you can't make it
  • Total time requirement: 4-6 hours/week

Workshop notebook

This 7-week online workshop is an introduction to the history, identification, and preservation of photographic materials. Participants will acquire hands-on identification skills and learn practical photograph preservation techniques. Using handheld 60x microscopes and the Basic Photographic Sample Set of photographic and photomechanical samples, they will learn how a variety of processes were created, why they look the way they do, and how they deteriorate. Knowledge about photographic processes is essential to their preservation and leads to a greater appreciation of the aesthetics and history of photographic prints.

Preservation topics include enclosures, handling guidelines, environmental monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on collections, and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials.

Processes examined in detail include but are not limited to the following: daguerreotype, albumen, collodion and gelatin printing-out processes (POP), matte collodion, gelatin silver, photogravure, offset litho, letterpress halftone, collotype, chromogenic color, inkjet, and dye sublimation. Weekly video chats will allow for question and answers and guided ID sessions.

The Basic Photographic Sample Set, consisting of 18 identified photographic and photomechanical processes, and a 60x handheld microscope w/LED light is included with registration.

The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), a certifying organization of professional archivists, will award 15 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this workshop.

The American Society of Appraisers, the International Society of Appraisers and the Appraisers Association of America will award reaccreditation hours/professional development/continuing education credits for qualified appraisers attending this workshop.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:

  • Full Refund if requested up to 3 weeks before the workshop (less 2.9% per Paypal refund policy)
  • 50% of the fee will be refunded if requested between 3 weeks and 1 week before the workshop.
  • ALL refunds of Paypal processed payments are subject to current Paypal policy and will have $30 or 2.9% deducted from the refund
  • Cancellations made within one week will not result in a refund.
  • Should the workshop be cancelled for any reason, full refunds will be made.