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Conference: French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation / Paris, 7-8 December 2017

Over two-days a series of papers will discuss different aspects of French paper negatives including their history, their production and conservation. French institutions and museums hold impressive collections of negatives, and this conference is a way to look at these objects from several perspectives.

The two days are organized in three multidisciplinary and thematic sessions. The historical significance of these negatives will be complemented by their chemical and physical characterization (Session 1). Then, conservation challenges will be discussed, in regards to exhibition matters (Session 2). Finally, a last session will be dedicated to contemporary and artistic practices of paper negative and related processes (Session 3). A panel discussion will close the conference.  

This conference is a follow up on a research programme on French paper negatives (1841-1860) conducted at the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation, in partnership with the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, funded by the Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine in 2016 and 2017.

The conference will be held on December 7 and 8, 2017 in the Jean Rouch auditorium at the Musée de l’Homme, in Paris, that re-opened in 2015. Registration is free but the seats limited (157 seats). Simultaneous translation into English will be available. This conference is organized with the support of the International Research Network on Photography « Photographs: Perception and Changes », funded by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

See more and sign up here: https://calotype-2017.sciencesconf.org/

The sessions will be filmed and will be made available in 2018. 

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