The conservation of photographs is a relatively new discipline, and at SMP we have a commitment to remaining at the forefront of this discipline through on going training, collaboration and our own research.
Preservation and conservation project of a collection of negative plates from South Africa.
We are experienced in identifying active deterioration in photographic materials and proposing appropriate conservation treatments. Some photographs need only to be physically stabilized to extend their life, others may require more radical treatments.
We always apply the highest ethical standards when conserving and restoring photographs. We follow the same principles used in other conservation fields (Code of Ethics), by respecting the historical, cultural, artistic and physical integrity of the artefact. All of the treatments we practice are reversible and if necessary, they can be removed without causing any damage.
We use only the best and most up-to-date preservation materials, all of which have been tested for short and long term safety to photographs PAT (Photographic Activity Test, ISO Standard 6051:1979).
At the end of every completed conservation project, SMP provides a full written report detailing the examination, scientific investigation and treatments. The report also includes recommendations on appropriate environmental conditions for photographic storage, handling and exhibiting. We also provide a photographic record of each artefact before, during and after its conservation.