The Intensification of Photographs: Observations from Recent Research and Practice


Gary Albright

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Gary Albright, conservation, preservation, Brodsky Series, photographs




Archival Science | Art and Materials Conservation | Library and Information Science | Photography


Conservator Gary Albright presented a lecture and workshop entitled “The Intensification of Photographs: Observations from Recent Research and Practice,” for the annual installment of the Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation. The lecture and workshop focused on the preservation of historical black and white photographic prints.

As cultural objects, photographs require special care. They react aggressively to the climate and can suffer from inherent problems as a result of their chemical composition. Albright’s program familiarized participants with the construction and unique problems of photographs and offer practical advice on their preservation. He also covered current storage standards and factors to consider when preparing a photographic exhibition.

Albright is a conservator of paper and photographs in private practice. During his career, he has treated a diverse array of objects, including the Emancipation Proclamation, a Honus Wagner baseball card, Ansel Adams’ photographs and working drafts of the U.S. Constitution. He is a graduate of the Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. He has served as conservator at the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., where he taught in the advanced residency program for photograph conservators, and as senior paper and photograph conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, Mass. Albright has been a visiting professor at the State University of Buffalo, the University of Delaware and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

See more on the Brodsky Series Page at: https://library.syr.edu/scrc/programs/brodsky.php

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