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Today in the lab….

Graduate Conservation Assistant Laura Panadero builds sunken housing for eight Daguerrotypes and Ambrotypes. The Ethafoam surroundings keep these delicate images from shifting, and the soft Tyvek lining protects the leather covers from abrasion. Small tabs of Tyvek are secured under the mountings and allow the Daguerrotypes to be pulled up easily, thus reducing the potential for further damage. One Daguerrotype had been separated from its case and required a special 2-level mount to hold the metal mat away from the image surface.

Fales Library & Special Collections

Elizabeth Robins Papers

Fales Family Collection acc.2003.029

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Robert Capa in China

My dear friend and photo historian Rixt Bosma, is giving a presentation this evening at Amsterdam University Library about Robert Capa, based on the book Photography meets Film: Capa, Ivens and Fernhout in China, 1938

There will also be a screening of the documentary “Robert Capa in Love and War by Anne Makepeace. 

It’s all happening at 18.00 on this address:

P.C.Hoofthuis (1 Floor)

Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam

At 18:00 , Zaal: 1.15

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Photographic Conservation research at the Getty Institute

A friend of mine recently asked if arsenic was used in early photographic processes. That led me to find this fine article, although a few years old, still interesting. Dusan Stulik from the Getty Conservation Institute,  has been collecting 170 years of photographic material to figure out all the different chemicals and substances used during the history of photography. Apparently you can find traces of arsenic in some albumin photographs, but as to why is still a mystery. Check out NY times article for more goodies.

Getty photographic research 

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