New Masterclass: "Color Before Color" on April 10 -11, 2017

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This two-day masterclass course on the identification and care of hand-colored photographs is focused on the main historic photographic processes involving coloring, starting with the earliest experiments with daguerreotypes. Janka Krizanova will present the fascinating history of hand-coloring in photography as applied to many different processes and supports such as ambrotypes, tintypes, opalotypes, ivorytypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, collodion positives on paper, gelatin silver positives on paper and stereo photographs.


Workshop Color Before Color


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Early Booking till February 28th, 2017

400 € VAT included

A masterclass on the identification and care of hand colored photographs

Janka’s presentation will include a details on the different media which were used and examples of the different types of objects which were produced by applying the coloring techniques such as crayon portraits, photographs on canvas, lantern slides, etc.

After addressing these and other aesthetic and technical issues and discussing the identification of materials by non-destructive pigment analysis, this masterclass will also present a number of case studies of the conservation and treatment of damaged colored photographs.

Janka Krizanova

Janka Krizanova

Since September 2016 Janka Krizanova has been the assistant professor for the photograph conservation laboratory at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (AFAD) of Bratislava, Slovakia. In August 2016 she completed a three-year research scholarship in Photograph Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York focusing on the examination, characterization, and preservation of the Diane Arbus archive. In May of 2013 Janka completed her PhD thesis entitled “Hand-colored Photographs: History, Identification and Research” at the AFAD with the cooperation of The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

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The masterclass in the identification and care of hand-colored photographs will consist of a combination of formal presentations and hands-on sessions using a set of photographs provided by the SMPhoto Conservation Studio and the instructor. Each student will be provided with a set of bound notes containing information on identification tools and resources, process timelines, useful reference articles, as well as references to all of the issues covered during the course.


Hosted at the Headquarters of:
SMPhoto Conservation Studio
Piazza Mazzini, 26 – Genzano di Roma (RM) – Italy



Date: April 10 – 11, 2017

The fee includes lunch & coffee breaks and the course binder.

Fee: 450 € VAT included

Deadline: March 19th, 2017

Early Booking fee (28 February, 2017) : 400 € VAT included

Do you need accomodation? For participants not living in Rome, half-board accomodation is available at the nearby Antica Locanda Specchio di Diana, in the ancient town of Nemi, a short distance from the workshop venue.

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Photo credit: Edith and Maud Barnes of Ashbourne, c.1883-1885. Crystoleum portrait on glass with its hand colored back. Photograph by Alfred Cox & Co., Nottingham.

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