New Masterclass “Paper, Glass and Plastic: Identification and Care of Photographic Negatives” on May 3-4 2018

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This two-day masterclass course on the Identification and Care of Photographic Negatives will be held by Monique Fischer at the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome (AAR). It offers an in-depth introduction to the preservation of negatives, focusing particularly on their identification, deterioration, and care.

The participants will have the exceptional opportunity to examine several examples of 19th and early 20th century negatives selected by photograph conservator Sandra M. Petrillo from the important and valuable Photographic Archive of the AAR (in particular from the Parker, Askew, Moscioni and Van Deman collections). After a brief introduction by Lavina Ciuffa on the specialized collection of art, archaeology and architecture photography conserved in this archive, attendees will learn how to recognize various historic photographic techniques and formats and will study the preservation problems associated with each one. The masterclass will also discuss storage concerns and preservation priorities, including environmental guidelines and proper care and handling.

Monique Fischer Master Class Identification and Care of Photographic Negatives

Monique Fischer

Monique Fischer is currently the senior photograph conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA. She has specialized in the conservation of photographic materials since 1994. In collaboration with the Image Permanence Institute, she was awarded a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1997 for the development of A-D Strips, a tool that detects deterioration in acetate film. Monique lectures extensively on photograph conservation in the United States and abroad, and has been awarded two fellowships by the J. Paul Getty Trust to investigate the longevity of digital output media. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Monique received a B.A. in Chemistry from Smith College, and a M.S. in Art Conservation with a concentration in Photographic Materials from the Winterthur / University of Delaware Program.

More Info


Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome
Via Angelo Masina 5b
00153 Rome – Italy

Lavinia Ciuffa, Acting Curator
Giulia Ciccarello, Archaeologist
Giuseppe Emiliano Di Carlo, Archaeologist
Maria Sole Fabri, Art Historian

A special thanks to the American Academy in Rome, to Sebastian Hierl, Drue Heinz Librarian – Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library and to the all staff of the Photographic Archive for having enthusiastically joined the initiative of this Masterclass.


This is a beginner to intermediate level workshop aimed at anyone who wishes to learn more about how to care for photographic negatives, such as curators, collection managers, exhibit preparations, cataloguers, archivists, photographers and collectors.

Masterclass dates and times: 3rd-4th May: 10am-1pm / 2pm-5pm

Language: English

Fee: € 450.00 VAT included

The fee includes lunch on both days at the American Academy of Rome and a course binder.

Deadline for registration: 15th April 2018

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€ 450.00 VAT included

The deadline for registration is the 15th of April


For more information, please contact Sandra M. Petrillo:

Telephone: +39 06-96843954

Mobile: +39 339-2535384


Do you need to arrange accommodation in Rome?

Please let us know what kind of accommodation you require. We will be happy to send you a list of appropriate B+Bs and hotels located near the American Academy in Rome.

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