Photographic Process Identification Workshops 2017-2018

Photographic Process Identificaiton Workshops

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Education and Training Grant Program and presented by the Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology

This free three-day workshop will teach participants the tools and skills necessary for successful photographic process identification and care by breaking down the complicated subject into simple and easily manageable sections. It provides a structured methodology for organizing visual information using a controlled vocabulary.

Participants will learn:

  • About photographic materials and technologies and how they influence process specific “key identifying features"
  • Observation skills specific to looking at prints and photographs
  • A structured methodology and a controlled vocabulary for process identification with hands-on practice and instruction
  • How to use as a reference resource for identification
  • How to properly store, handle, and display photographic materials
  • Environmental management strategies for long-term preservation


Free! Tuition for the workshop is waived due to generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. However, participants are responsible for all travel, room, and board expenses. Since attendance is limited to 20 participants, we are asking that applications be submitted for consideration. Attendees will be selected based on order of receipt as well as the need for a diversity of institution types and roles. Early application is highly recommended.


Alice Carver-Kubik, James Reilly, and Douglas Nishimura - experts in photographic materials, identification, and preservation will present the workshops.

Who should apply?

  • Professors teaching in Museum and Library Science, Museum Studies, and Cultural Heritage Conservation and Preservation programs.
  • Collections care professionals
  • Students studying collections care

How to Apply

Select your desired workshop location below and follow the link to apply to your venue of choice. Please apply to only one venue.

Workshop Locations, Dates, and Application Deadlines

  • Image Permanence Institute - Rochester, NY
    • Workshop: August 15-17, 2017
    • Application Deadline: April 3, 2017
    • Notification of Decision: May 3, 2017
  • High Museum of Art - Atlanta, GA
    • Workshop: October 4-6, 2017
    • Application Deadline: May 2, 2017
    • Notification of Decision: June 2, 2017
  • Center for Creative Photography - Tucson, AZ
    • Workshop: March 14-16, 2018
    • Application Deadline: November 14, 2017
    • Notification of Decision: December 14, 2017
  • Museum of Photographic Arts - San Diego, CA
    • Workshop: March 20-22, 2018
    • Application Deadline: November 20, 2017
    • Notification of Decision: December 20,2017
    • Apply here for San Diego, CA
  • Harry Ransom Center and the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography and Chicago History Museum - Chicago, IL
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Boston, MA

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