Career and Professional Development Training Courses Photographic Processes, Preservation, Conservation, Photographic Connoisseurship, History. The Centre for Photographic Conservation

2017 PROGRAMME: Career and Professional Development Courses

Course Outlines, Fees and Registration Information for Courses at

The Centre for Photographic Conservation

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The Preservation and Conservation of Photographic Materials.

Ref: Prog 100/1

Course dates: 15th May - 30th June 2017

Course outline:

This seven week Certificated course will comprise an intensive theory and practical workshop, for conservators and conservation students, aimed at introducing and developing knowledge and skills in the preservation, conservation and restoration treatment of photographic materials.

Strong emphasis will be placed upon the complex nature of photographic processes/images/materials, their development, specific and related conservation problems, their treatment, storage and exhibitioning and the ethics involved in determining and formulating practical, safe, conservation procedures.

The course will also include practical demonstrations, specific work studies, illustrated lectures, discussion periods, and an exhibition of photographic conservation and research work undertaken by The Centre. As part of the practical course work participants will also undertake two short research projects to complement and enhance the practical work studies.

Throughout the course participants will produce reference images and study materials which compliment the course Handbook, notes and documentation.

Course participants will also have the opportunity to visit, with the course tutors, The Fox Talbot Museum and Lacock Abbey, The Royal Photographic Society, the Cannon Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the The Photographers Gallery, and other centres of interest which will give them unique opportunities to examine 19th and 20th Century historic photographic images and materials.

Course participants may bring their own Laptop computers but limited computer facilities are available to undertake course notes, documentation and research projects.

Reference photographs may be taken throughout the course. Sessions may not be recorded.

The Centre's Certificate is only awarded to participants who meet the required standard of work.

Participants should supply their own basic conservation hand tools and may bring their own problematic material for discussion.

Suggested hand tools: shears, scalpels, dividers, needles, straightedge, bone folders, small and large sable, squirrel and hog hair brushes, large apron or overall and surgical gloves. Note taking materials or computer. Please ensure that all personal articles and tools are clearly marked with your name.

Because of the high level of attainment expected from participants and the limited number of places available we can offer this course only to photographic, paper, prints and drawings conservators or conservation students.

Course tutors: Ian Moor and Angela Moor

Course Fee: 2,400.00


Preventive Conservation of Photographic Materials (Theory)

Ref: 100/2

Course dates: 20th - 23rd March 2017

Course outline:

Throughout this four-day intensive course, which is aimed at heritage professionals with the care and responsibility for photographic collections, strong emphasis will be placed upon the complex nature of photographic processes/images/materials, the identification of the major processes, specific and related conservation problems, preservation and conservation policies for photographs, preventive measures and treatment options, medium-term and extended-term storage criteria, image management including handling, exhibition, copying and digital imaging and the ethics involved in determining and formulating practical, safe, preservation and conservation procedures.

Class sizes are small allowing participants ample opportunity to address specific problems. Participants will receive a course Handbook containing information appertaining to the course work. The course will also include illustrated lectures, discussion periods, and an exhibition of photographic conservation and research work undertaken by The Centre. Reference photographs may be taken throughout the course. Sessions may not be recorded.

Course tutors: Ian Moor and Angela Moor

Course Fee: 430.00


Identification of Historic Photographic Processes.

Ref: 100/4

Course dates: 22nd - 25th May 2017

An in-depth examination of the process and visual material and degradation characteristics necessary for the identification of historic photographic processes. This intensive four-day course offers heritage professionals and others involved in photography a unique opportunity to undertake a comparative study of a wealth of original historic images, from The Centre's collections, from the history of photography 1795 to the present day. This course will focus on all of the mainstream silver and non-silver negative and positive processes. Clear guidelines will be given for the recognition of all processes examined including the confusing array of non-silver, so-called 'photomechanical' processes.

This intensive, in-depth, four-day course will concentrate on the identification of both 19th and 20th century photographic image processes through the examination and comparative study of original examples of the majority of historic negative and positive image processes. Participants will gain an understanding and an appreciation of their many, varied material and aesthetic qualities. Whilst the course will focus on all mainstream silver and non-silver negative and positive processes, processes essential to the development of photography will also be included. Clear guidelines for the identification of all processes examined will be given including the confusing array of non-silver, so-called "photomechanical" processes.

Strong emphasis will be placed upon photographic process chemistries, causes of degradation and their visual physical deterioration characteristics; essential knowledge when formulating medium-term and extended-term preservation and conservation procedures.

Class sizes are small allowing participants ample opportunity to address specific problems. Participants will receive a course Handbook containing information appertaining to the course work. The course will also include illustrated lectures, discussion periods, and an exhibition of historical photographic processes.

Participants of the identification course can bring problematic processes for discussion and identification.

Reference photographs may be taken throughout the course. Sessions may not be recorded.

Course tutors: Ian Moor and Angela Moor

Course Fee: 430.00


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Rediscovering Historic Photographic Processes

Ref: 100/7

Course dates: 15th - 19th May 2017

Course outline:

This five-day practical Historic Photographic Processes workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to experience for themselves the magic and excitement of historic photographic negative and positive print processes. Processes taught include the Photogenic Drawing, Direct Positive, Calotype, Salted Paper print, Cyanotype, and Albumen print.

One of the strengths of this course is that participants will not only gain an understanding of the practical skills and techniques needed to produce these historic processes but will also combine this with an understanding of their basic chemistry. This approach will foster a better understanding of the preservation characteristics of photographic materials.

The course will also include demonstrations, specific work studies, illustrated lectures, discussion periods, and an exhibition of historic photographic processes from The Centre's collection.

Participants will themselves produce a portfolio of unique examples of each of the historic photographic processes covered. This reference material will complement the course Handbook and notes. Reference photographs may be taken throughout the course. Sessions may not be recorded.

Participants should supply their own basic hand tools and protective clothing. Suggested hand tools: shears, scissors, scalpels, needles, straightedge, large apron or overall, surgical gloves. Please ensure that all personal articles and tools are clearly marked with your name.

Course tutors: Ian Moor and Angela Moor

Course Fee: 510.00



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For all of the above courses, course participants will have access to The Centre's photographic teaching collection and reference library.

Reference photographs may be taken throughout the courses. Sessions may not be recorded.

Whilst the courses at The Centre are intensive the Moors still manage to maintain a friendly, informal, enjoyable atmosphere.

Because of the limited number of places available all previous courses have been over subscribed. We would, therefore, recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


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For an application form and further information about these courses please write, telephone or E.mail us. For E.mail please enter your name and Course info/registration in the subject line and your name, address and a message in the message area. THANK YOU. E.mail to the following:

The Centre for Photographic Conservation

233 Stanstead Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 1HU, England, UK.
Telephone: 020-8690 3678
e.mail: iamoor@cpc-moor.com or cphotoconservation@cpc-moor.com

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