I’ve Just Seen A Face: The Preservation of our Photographic Heritage and Family Treasures
Dr. Debbie Hess Norris, Chair and Professor of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware
This presentation will offer practical guidance on the preservation of historic and contemporary photographic prints – especially those cherished by families worldwide. This includes black-and-white silver gelatin materials (introduced in the late 1880s and popular until the 1960s) and color photographic prints. Recent treatment work of our art conservation graduate students and alumni, from the preservation of archaeological glass to 19th -century paintings and a Norwegian Fiddle recently preserved beautifully by one of our graduate students while sheltering at home, will also be shared. Questions on all topics relating to the preservation of photographic materials can be addressed as time allows.
Debra Hess Norris is Chair and Professor of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware. Since 1997, Norris has directed the Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation. Norris has authored 45 articles and book chapters and co-edited Issues in the Conservation of Photographs. She has taught 150+ workshops for conservators and allied professionals and lectured worldwide and raised more than $20 million dollars for art conservation initiatives worldwide. Today she serves on boards for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance, the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Photographs Visiting Committee, the Foundation of the AIC and as a UD Trustee. In 2018, she was awarded the Francis Alison Award, UD’s highest faculty honor.