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Photograph Conservation


Conservators inspecting photographs.

Photograph conservation staff works in close collaboration with the curatorial departments of Photography and Media, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Architecture and Design to preserve and enable access to the photographs in the museum’s collection which span the breadth of the field—from its inception in the first half of the 19th century through the digital prints of the present day. Conservators undertake research on the collection, technical history, and characterization of photographs, in addition to addressing ongoing preservation needs and performing documentation, analysis, and treatments for exhibitions and loans.

The lab hosts students and recent graduates of national and international conservation programs for internships and fellowships, offering participants the chance to learn from experienced professionals and participate in the activities of this vital part of the museum. Conservation staff serves as leaders in national and international organizations, publishing the results of their work, and delivering public lectures at the museum and beyond.


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