From July 28 to August 8, 2014, the GCI and the Hungarian National Museum (HNM) welcomed sixteen conservators from thirteen countries (Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and United Arab Emirates) to a workshop, Identification and Conservation Strategies for Color and Digital Prints. The workshop, held at the HNM in Budapest, was the second of the advancedlevel workshops conducted as part of the GCI's Preservation of Photographs and Photograph Collections project.
The aim of the workshop was to present conservators with up-to-date research and current technological trends in color and digital prints. The first week focused on color photography and the second on digital prints. Lectures and hands-on activities offered conservators an understanding of color theory, as well as an in-depth view of different color and digital processes, including their characteristics, identification, common deterioration, finishing techniques and materials, management, and treatment. Frequent group discussions provided a forum for conservators to explore a diverse range of topics, among them the identification of difficult processes, personal treatment experiments, outstanding issues and problems for the field, and needs for future workshops.
The Budapest workshop was led by Sylvie Pénichon of the Art Institute of Chicago and Martin Jürgens of the Rijksmuseum. Other instructors were Jana Križanova of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Tram Vo from the GCI.