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Course: Conservation of Photographs / 30 June-3 July 2014

This three-day short course at West Dean College will be led by Susie Clark, ACR.  Susie was formerly the conservator for a collection of approximately 20 million photographs at the BBC Hulton Picture Library (now Getty Images) and is now an accredited freelance paper and photograph conservator and consultant.

The course will describe the processes and photographic materials which have been commonly used and how to recognise them. It will also examine the problems caused by different processes and the appropriate methods and materials for their conservation and care. The course will include the opportunity to look at practical examples of processes and deterioration. It will also include lectures and demonstrations of conservation techniques. The roles of the environment, biological deterioration, health and safety, storage and handling will also be covered.

Fully inclusive residential course fee from £547

Website:  www.westdean.org.uk/College

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Comment by Bobbie Carnegie on December 22, 2013 at 18:30

Thanks Michael...

So where does the name 'Getty' fit into this Hulton archive?

Comment by Michael Pritchard on December 22, 2013 at 18:20

Hi, Bobbie... The Hulton has not been lost and is still in London probably being better preserved and stored than it ever was under curator Sarah Macdonald. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/creative/frontdoor/hultonarchive

Comment by Bobbie Carnegie on December 22, 2013 at 18:06

Was dumbfounded to learn not so long ago the former valuable London based Hulton Picture Library had been snapped up by Getty in the USA. As a very young advertising agency employee located in W2 in the early 1960's I was sent to search out a suitable photographic image for an ad project. I entered Hulton's large office (not a distance from my workplace) of chaotic ambiance overseen by bespectacled dames leaning over piles of files and photographs looking up at me as I entered with immediate disdain on their faces. I was a longhaired ruffled 20 year old. Since a great deal of Hulton's BBC owned photo refs will have been gleaned through decades of photo news or other on-the-spot-incident-snapping the former BBC owned Hulton will have given over to Getty a great deal of personable British news archive. Years later searching online for Caldecott Community refs I came across Getty-owned (BBC) news gained photos of war refugees that had found a home at The Caldecott Community where I grew up as a child in-care. Such a pity this valuable archive was lost.        

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