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Meeting Details

Tuesday 16 October

The train details are as follows:

leaving TBA am arriving London St. Pancras at just after TBApm

leaving London St. Pancras TBA and arriving roughly TBA at Leicester train station.

Workshop in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum Print Room,

Preparation for this week In preparation for this week, please read and look at the readings provided and become familiar with the terms of print identification. Please think about what you might want to know about one or more of them in the course of the seminar and post your questions below in the space provided. I will print out the questions to take with us to London on the afternoon before we leave, so please make your contributions as early as possible.


We know photography through its processes, but do we really know what those processes are and what role they have in history? This week Hope Kingsley will talk about the aesthetics of process with relation to the history of photography and history as told through photography.

Question Re Albumen paper. If toning has not taken place can image deterioration be slowed or stopped by non invasive conservation methods.


Why photographers didn't try to find a solution to retain the enticing wet look in the platinum print as this technique could produce beautiful images?

Why the importance given to the development and innovation of the photograph wasn't given to the process of conservation? Why after its printing the photograph lose its value?(many of them are scratched, bend or cut).

Required Reading and Looking

Secondary Source Material

Hope Kingsley has sent us a file on File:PhotoPrintProcesses.doc print processes and a bibliography for reference. If anyone wants to upload any parts of this bibliography, please do so here as well as on the bibliography page. File:Aesthetics of photography bib.doc


Notes on Photographs is a website devoted to the history and conservation of the photographic print.

Questions for Seminar

Further Reading

Benson, Richard. The Printed Picture (New York: MOMA, 2008). Silver Processes,Non-Silver Processes, Color.

Eder,Josef. Edward Epstean transl., History of Photography (New York: Dover, reprint of the 4th edition, 1972), Chapters 74-95, pp. 536-675 (only in this edition). In these chapters he covers pretty much the whole range of photographic processes. Original German editions are available in Portland 1.24.

Lavédrine, Bertrand. Photographs of the Past: Process and Preservation. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2009.

Reilly, James. Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints (Rochester, NY: Kodak Publications, 1986) Chapters 1&4, pp. 1-13, pp. 48-72. And here you can see his work on the Graphics Atlas.

Ware, Mike. Cyanotype: The History, Science and Art of Photographic Printing in Prussian blue, (London: Science Museum and NMPFT, 1999).

For artists using various alternative processes, see the exhibition catalogues:

Katy Barron and Anna Douglas eds., Alchemy: Twelve contemporary artists exploring the essence of photography, (London: Purdy Hicks, 2006)

Andreas Krase and Agnes Matthias eds., Wahr-Zeichen: Fotografie und Wissenschaft, (Dresden: Technische Sammlung Dresden, 2006)

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