Inkjet Prints: Identification, Water Emergency Recovery and Preventive Care

Inkjet prints are ubiquitous in photographic and archival collections. In preparing for emergency planning, inkjet prints require special considerations as many inkjet prints are considerably more sensitive to water damage than traditional prints. When wet, they can be prone to high levels of dye bleed, dissolution of paper coatings, cracking or delamination of surface layers, blocking, and ferrotyping. Workshop participants will learn how to identify inkjet prints on varying substrates, rank the relative sensitivities of inkjet materials, understand how the materials behave during different water damage scenarios, evaluate methods for drying prints through a hands-on exercise, and learn preventive measures to safeguard against water emergencies. Each participant will receive a print sample set and pocket microscope valued at $200.

The workshop will be limited to a maximum of 12 attendees. Registration per individual is $750 and participants are responsible for their own travel, meals, and lodging costs. Registration ends July 5, 2022.

With the safety of our staff and attendees foremost in mind, COVID-related safety guidelines and precautions will be followed and participants must agree to meet the RIT Safety Plan. In the event that circumstances change, and health and safety guidelines require cancellation of the in-person sessions, workshop content will be delivered online.


Al Carver-Kubik, Preservation Researcher, joined IPI in 2012 and teaches and conducts preservation research with expertise in print and photographic processes. Al has served as a photographs reviewer for the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Save Our African American Treasures program since 2009. He has a MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University in coordination with the George Eastman Museum. Before joining IPI, he worked in museums and galleries as a conservation technician, researcher, object preparator, and archival consultant.

Meredith Noyes, Research Scientist, joined IPI in 2020. She performs research related to materials used for storage, transport, and display of cultural heritage collections and also manages the operation of IPI’s testing services. Meredith has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Oregon, where she gained experience in a variety of material characterization methods while studying nanomaterials for use in lithography applications. Prior to IPI, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute, conducting collections-based research in the microanalysis laboratory.



August 2, 2022 - August 4, 2022


Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology
70 Lomb Memorial Drive
GAN 2000
Rochester, NY 14623