Conservation of Photographs

January 27 – 29, 2014, CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre, Mumbai


Photographs are probably the most-represented media after paper-based objects, but custodians and conservators often feel there is lack of knowledge and skill to address photographs conservation issues in India. To address this issue, a Photographs Conservation Workshop is being organized.


At the end of the workshop each participant will be able to compile a set of information related to identification of types of photographs, their damages and possible preventive and remedial conservation.


  • Identify and explain differences in structure, composition, and format of various types of photographic materials;
  • Identify agents of deterioration and understand the mechanisms of deterioration;
  • Implement proper handling and storage procedures for photographic collections as well as select appropriate housing enclosures and storage materials;
  • Introduce basic remedial and preventive conservation techniques and materials.
  • Develop an understanding of basic salvage and recovery procedures for photographs following a disaster.

Participants          Custodians, conservators, photographers, archivists, interested individuals

Fees                     Gratis. The event was supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Goa-CAP, Goethe Institute and CSMVS.

Dates                    January 27-29, 2014                        

Time                     0:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Venue                   CSMVS Museum art Conservation Centre, Fort, Mumbai

Coordinator           Ms. Nidhi Shah, Coordinator, Art Conservation Resurgence Project, CSMVS

Workshop Head     Ms. Gisela Harich, Head - Center for Photo Restoration and Photo Research, Berlin
                              Mr. Madhavan P. Executive Director; Goa CAP
                              Mr. Anupam Sah. Head of Art Conservation, Research and Training, CSMVS