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Preservation of Digital Prints and Contemporary Colour Photographs One Day Symposium

AICCM and Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), with generous support from ADFAS, is pleased to present Preservation of Digital Prints and Contemporary Colour Photographs, a one day symposium lead by Martin Jürgens to be held at AGNSW on Monday 17 August 2015. 

This one-day event of lectures is designed for curators, archivists, conservators who specialize in the treatment of photographic materials, works of art on paper, and/or contemporary art as their primary focus and students of conservation, curatorial or art history studies.


The technology of digital printing has developed at a very rapid pace over the last 25 years, and today an increasing number of graphic documents are being generated digitally, including photographs, fine art prints, contemporary works of art, advertising posters, letters, prints, journals, books, office documents, price labels, and product packaging. Contemporary colour photography has also experienced rapid changes in aesthetics, technology, and materials. This speedy development can make it difficult to keep up to date with the newest trends. As these prints constitute a major part of our current and future social and cultural heritage, it is important to gain an understanding of their structure, materials, and stability. This necessitates an ability to differentiate between different output technologies. 

In this one-day event of lectures, participants will be given an overview of the historical development of contemporary colour photography and digital printing, in both the office environment and the worlds of art and photography. The topics of identification, acquisition, and preservation of these materials will be covered. The aim is to provide participants with an understanding of the issues involved in handling digital prints and contemporary colour photographs in art collections and archives, as well as an understanding of the trends in imaging technology and artists’ use of modern photographic printing techniques.

Attendance will be limited to 75 people.


AICCM Members Full fee $150 including GST
Non-AICCM Members Full fee $175 including GST
Student fee $75 including GST

About the presenter:
Martin Jürgens is conservator of photographs at the Rijksmuseum. Prior to coming to the Netherlands, he worked as a conservator in private practice in Hamburg, Germany, for nine years. He studied photography and design in Germany in the 1990s, then participated in the Certificate Program in Photographic Preservation at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Master of Science and from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, with a Master of Art Conservation. His areas of research and publishing, and his teaching worldwide have covered historic and contemporary photography and digital printing. Following a scholarship at the Getty Museum in 2006, the Getty Conservation Institute published his book The Digital Print: Identification and Preservation in 2009.

For more details:
Contact Helen Privett, SIG and Event Coordinator, at hprivett@museum.vic.gov.au or on 03 8341 7235.