By Bertrand Lavédrine

More than 30 years of research into the preservation of photographic collections have led to a better understanding of the fragility of these images and the means by which to preserve them. A resource for the photographic conservator, conservation scientist, and curator, as well as for the professional collector, A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph Collections synthesizes both the enormous amount of research that has been completed to date and the international standards that have been established on the subject.

The book, originally published in French, opens with a description of the principal forms of deterioration in photographs. It surveys the variety of containers used to house photographs and the environmental conditions each is meant to improve. The book discusses the maintenance of photographic collections and the precautions that must be taken in exhibiting them. Special attention is given to the digital technology and innovative techniques available to manage a photographic collection and ensure its longevity.

Bertrand Lavédrine is director of the Centre de Recherches sur la Conservation des Documents Graphiques (CRCDG), a research center in Paris dedicated to the preservation of paper documents, prints, films, and photographs.

312 pages, 9 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches
128 color and 15 b/w illustrations
ISBN 0-89236-701-6, paper, $45.00

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