Photographs and Their Environment: Decision-making for Sustainability

Part of a series of advanced-level workshops in photograph conservation offered by the Getty Conservation Institute

13 – 24 July 2015

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
© Eggleston Artistic Trust
William Eggleston, Memphis, 1980
Dye transfer print, 16 x 20 in


The workshop will be offered on 13 – 24 July 2015 in partnership with the Institute of Art History, The Czech Academy of Sciences. The workshop will take place at the facilities of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), the Department of Photography.


Workshop Content

The use of energy for maintaining optimum conditions for collections has become one of the most challenging issues faced by museums, libraries and other collection repositories. Responsible use of limited resources for the sake of sustainability requires cultural heritage institutions to find ways to maximize their building environmental capacity, develop strategies appropriate for their climates, building and collection typologies, and their available human and financial resources. This workshop will examine the environment of photographic materials at several levels, starting from an overview of the building and its systems and progressing to specific exhibition and storage conditions, and the selection of appropriate housing and enclosure materials and techniques. Strategies for determining appropriate and sustainable environmental conditions will be discussed throughout the workshop.

Principal Instructors

Bertrand Lavedrine, Director, Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections, Paris
Sylvie Pénichon, Conservator of Photographs, The Art Institute of Chicago
Tram Vo, Project Specialist, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles
Tomás Vyhlídal, The Czech Technical University, Prague
Jiří Smolík, The Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, The Czech Academy of Sciences
Jana Krizanova, Photograph Conservator, AFAD, Bratislava/The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The activity is also financially supported by the Czech Academy of Sciences and FAMU.

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