Recovery of Wet Photographs
Instructor: Gary Albright
Regular Registration: $1,100
How does one recover wet photographs? This course begins with a “hands-on” wet experience. Photographs will be retrieved from a wet and muddy situation. Some will be air-dried and some frozen. The frozen images will be subsequently thawed for treatment. All images will be surface cleaned, washed, and flattened, where such operations are feasible. In tandem with the real-life experience, there will be lectures and experiments outlining proper techniques and potential dangers. Also, participants will continue to sharpen their photographic identification skills, relating the various processes to the proper procedures necessary for their safe recovery.
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Gary Albright is a conservator of paper and photographs in private practice. He graduated from the Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in 1978. From 1980 to 1999 he was senior paper and photograph conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, MA. In 1999 he became conservator at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, where he taught treatment of photographs to the fellows in the Advanced Residency Program for Photograph Conservators. Since starting his own practice in 2003, Albright has been a visiting professor for the Art Conservation Departments at the State University of Buffalo and the University of Delaware. During his career he has treated a diverse array of objects, including the Emancipation Proclamation, a Honus Wagner baseball card, Ansel Adams’ photographs, and working drafts of the Constitution of the United States. Albright lives and works in Honeoye Falls, New York.