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Photograph Conservation
Photograph conservation. Photo: Clara von Waldthausen.

The Photograph Conservation Programme provides history, technology, conservation theory and ethics, as well as the practice necessary to preserve photographs for the future. Nineteenth century processes as well as modern techniques, such as inkjet prints and other digital out-put processes are studied. Students examine and reflect upon the chemical and physical nature of photographs, deterioration mechanisms, conservation issues, and perform conservation treatments on photographs as necessary.

The first year focuses on 19th century photography. Students examine, document and study treatment options for all diverse processes and materials. Chemistry, literature study and preventive conservation form a substantial part of the curriculum. During the second year, material technology, research, and treatment options are expanded to include colour and digital processes. During the two-year Post-Master's programme students implement the knowledge acquired during the first two years while working on conservation projects in the conservation studio and during work placements. Throughout the entire programme emphasis is placed on critical thought, conservation ethics, reflection and evaluation both as part of preventive conservation strategies and the development of practical conservation skills.