“Ancient Hand Colored Photographs. Investigation between science and art”
Two lectures presented by Professor Paolo Ugo
Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems
University Ca’ Foscari of Venice
On April 7th Janka Krizanova and Sandra M Petrillo will be giving a talk on hand colored photographs. The two lectures will be held at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems University Ca’ Foscari of Venice.
“Hand-colored Photographs. History, Technology, Identification of Materials”
by Dr. Janka Krizanova
Academy of Fine Arts of Design of Bratislava
This talk is focused on the fascinating history of hand-coloring, which was adopted for many different photographic processes, starting with the first experimental techniques implemented on daguerreotypes. Various examples of photographic objects to which coloring was applied will be examined, such as photographs on canvas, crayon portraits, lantern slides, etc. Tinting methods will be discussed, as well as the issue of the stability of colorants and pigments when exposed to light.
After addressing these technical and aesthetic issues, the talk will also examine the use of non-destructive analytical techniques to provide important information in order to support the ongoing research into the development of a modern methodology for the long-term storage, exhibition and conservation of unique and rare hand colored photographs that are preserved in collections and archives.
“The story behind the tinted photographs from the Yokohama School (1868-1912)”
by Sandra Maria Petrillo
Owner of SMP International Photo Conservation Studio
The so-called Yokohama Shashin or Yokohama-style photographs are hand-colored photographic prints that were commercially produced during the Meiji Period (1868-1912) in the photographic studios of Japan’s major treaty ports where Westerners worked alongside native Japanese artists.
Hand coloring of photographs became an art form in Japan in the 1860s and the Italian–British photographer Felice Beato was the first to employ this technique on a large scale. Portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of everyday life were exquisitely painted by skilled Japanese craftsmen trained in the art of Ukiyo-e woodblock printing.
Often collected in richly decorated lacquered albums, these photographs are particularly interesting from the point of view of conservation, as well as historic and scientific research. This talk will introduce the public to the approach of a professional photograph conservator who is particularly concerned with the material composition of photographs and artworks.