Collaboration and Connections: Postprints of the AICCM Paper, Books and Photographic Materials Special Interest Group Symposium, Sydney 1-3 April 2004, pp. 105-109
ScreenSound Australia supports a section dedicated to researching many aspects of audio visual media conservation and preservation. This includes photographic media such as motion picture film, (stills, negatives) and photographic prints. Much of the research has been focussed on the behaviour of photographic objects during long term storage. Given the nature of ScreenSound Australia’s core passive preservation strategy, areas such as fluctuating environmental conditions, the interaction with enclosures and microclimates have been a priority for research. However recovery treatments have also been researched and several novel treatments have been developed based on the study of the behaviour of photographic gelatin. This paper presents an overview of the research projects and summarises the findings on the behaviour of gelatin as it relates to the conservation of photographic materials.