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Mike Ware to receive prestigious AIC special recognition award

Dr Mike Ware is to be awarded the prestigious 2016 Allied Professionals Special Recognition Award at the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Art and Historic Works (AIC) in Montreal, Canada. 

Ware has been a dedicated and prolific contributor to the science and practice of photography for over 30 years. Educated at Oxford University as a chemist, his academic career was followed by one that revolutionized the collective scientific knowledge of historic photographic processes. He has demonstrated his commitment to the conservation of photographic heritage with more than 60 publications in both the popular and academic literature, including four books. His work has transformed the treatment, storage, and exhibition practices for early silver and cyanotype prints, allowing conservators to set best practices for the preservation of these materials based on scientific principles.

His recent research into of the technical history and chemistry of platinum and palladium prints, soon to be published by the Photographic Materials Group of American Institute for Conservation of Art and Historic Works, provides a scientific foundation for the printing and preservation of this important class of photographs. Mike’s contributions are numerous: he engages in research, teaching, photography, lecturing, and publishing that bring his invaluable contributions to a global audience. But the two qualities that stand out are his incredible generosity of spirit and his impeccable standards of practice. Always accessible and enthusiastic, his love of photography and photographs is contagious.

This award expresses the AIC's deep and sustained gratitude for Mike’s many contributions.

Mike Ware's website can be found here.

The AIC can be found here.

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Comment by David H Davison on May 9, 2016 at 21:15

Congratulations Mike! You are a most deserving recipient and it is wonderful to see getting the international recognition you deserve. Historians and alternative practitioners are in your debt.

Comment by Paul Hill on May 9, 2016 at 10:31
He's the man!
Comment by John Marriage on May 9, 2016 at 10:16

Well done Mike - very well deserved!

John Marriage

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