Photon

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Our Photon Special Interest Group are members who work with photographic media, including photographic and digital prints, film and negatives. Members' interests include the history of photography, photographic preservation, conservation treatment, the display of photographic materials and conservation research.
The current SIG convenors are Noni Zachri, based at the Grimwade Centre, and Kelly Leahey, from the State Library of Queensland. 


Our activities

2018 Symposium

The Book & Paper SIG holds a symposium in conjunction with Photon every two years, plus additional workshops from time to time. The 10th Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium will be held at Melbourne Museum (Museums Victoria) from 20-23 November 2018. There is no overall conference theme, but we’d like to offer themed sessions as part of the conference around the following ideas:

  • Revisitation – revisit a treatment, a survey, a research project, a material, an idea, an era. How has it survived the passage of time, and what does that tell us for the future?
  • The Anthropocene – this proposed global epoch is defined by the beginning of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. What does it mean to be a conservator in the Anthropocene? What materials, practices and systems of the Anthropocene are affecting our work and futures? How will we need to adapt?
  • Black and white – from either a material or a decision-making perspective, there are bound to be shades of grey...

Submissions are invited for papers, posters, panel discussions, demonstrations, workshops, treatment forums and tours. Please email your abstract or proposal (no longer than 500 words please) to Bonnie Hearn. Outline the type of contribution (paper, poster etc.) and whether it aligns to one of the proposed themes. Make sure to include your contact details, the names of any co-contributors, a one- or two-line bio for each, and a working title.

The 2016 symposium "Light, Colour, Structure" was held in October 2016 at the National Gallery in Canberra (read a review!) and the 2014 symposium at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.

Need more information? Email the Convenor