We organize two to four day masterclasses on the history, identification and preservation of photographic materials. They can either take place at SMPhoto Conservation Studio or on site in your own institution and they are perfect for archivists, curators, private collectors and preservation professionals, as well as anyone with a passion for photography.

The participants learn about the history and technology of the main photographic processes, ranging from daguerreotypes, albumen and silver gelatin prints to more modern printing processes, including the development of colour photography and digital prints.

Conservation and preservation issues are discussed, together with the essential guidelines for the handling, archival storage and exhibition of photographic materials. The theoretical lectures are integrated and balanced with practical hands-on sessions in order to allow the participants to acquire important identification skills by using portable hand-held microscopes.