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Photographic Materials Working Group
Triennial Programme 2017-2020


 Working Group Activities and Projects 2017–2020:


Specific themes for investigation/ideas

  • Characterization of photographic materials and their degradation.
  • Scientific analysis and research in the study of photographic materials.
  • Conservation and preservation techniques for photographic materials.
  • Case studies of artists working methods and processes.
  • Storage systems and materials for photographic collections.
  • Collections management: managing museum, archives, libraries and other collections containing photographic materials.
  • Disaster and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery of photographic collections.
  • Sustainability in the conservation of photographs, and environmental control in storage systems.



  • Organize interim meeting in February 2019 in New York, NY, USA. This will be a joint meeting with the Photographic Materials Group  of the American Institute for Conservation.


  • Continue to facilitate communication among conservation professionals around the world regarding the preservation and protection of photographic materials.
  • Continue expanding the group’s social media presence.


  • Increase group’s diversity and global participation.
  • Continue to develop collaborations and working relationships with other photograph conservation groups and other ICOM-CC Working Groups.



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