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Croatian State Archives To Host NEDCC Professional Development Symposium

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22-24 May, 2019
Croatian State Archives
Zagreb, Croatia
(The symposium will be presented in English.)

NEDCC | Northeast Document Conservation Center and the Croatian State Archives present a three-day professional development symposium for conservators, archivists, museum professionals, administrators, and others who care for photographic materials in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.  The goal of the Symposium is to: create discussion on how to further the preservation of photographic materials in the region; help create more professional development opportunities; reach other professionals; and strengthen the connections between past participants in NEDCC’s training programs. This program is made possible by generous support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.

History of the Program

NEDCC’s photograph conservation training initiative in the region began in 2004 with week-long workshops held at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. More than forty conservators and graduate students from eight countries received training at week-long focused workshops held at AFAD each year between 2004 and 2008. Twenty of those participants also received training at three-week-long photograph institutes from 2004 to 2008 at NEDCC in Andover, MA (USA). From 2010-2018, NEDCC has hosted an individual professional for a 2-month, focused hands-on training on photograph conservation. The NEDCC program has created a strong network within the region, allowing participants to continue their exchange of skills and expertise on the preservation of photographs. Learn more about the history of the program.

The 2019 Symposium Program

The 2019 Symposium program will include short presentations by past participants in NEDCC’s Advanced Photograph Conservation Internship program; papers by local professionals who are in charge of caring for photographic collections; and a one-day workshop on care and handling, proper housings, and storage of photographs.

Martina Bagatin,  NEDCC's 2014 Advanced Intern and Senior Photograph Conservator at the Croatian State Archives helped develop the program and coordinate local arrangements. Hrvoje Gržina, NEDCC's 2011 Advanced Intern and Senior Archivist at the Croatian State Archives, has helped with the organization of the Symposium program.




8:30 – 9:00                  Registration

9:00 – 9:30                  Welcome note and opening remarks
                                    Dinko Čutura, Director of the Croatian State Archives

9:30 – 9:50                  Monique Fischer (USA)
                                      Fifteen Years of Teamwork: Teaching photograph conservation
                                      in Central and Eastern Europe

9:50 – 10:10                Alexander Vatov (Bulgaria)
                                      Challenge: Conservation of photographic materials at the
                                      National Museum of History

10:10 – 10:30              Hrvoje Gržina (Croatia)
                                      Going All the Way is Just the Start:  The benefits of conservation knowledge
                                      in complete understanding of photographs



11:00 – 11:20              Lidija Pajevikj (Republic of North Macedonia)
                                      Building the Field of Photograph Conservation: Opportunities and challenges

11:20 – 11:40              Balázs Zoltán Tóth (Hungary)
                                      The importance of conservation knowledge in a curatorial praxis

11:40 – 12:00              Martina Bagatin (Croatia)
                                      Where do we go from here? What about the big picture?
                                      Conservation practice in the Croatian State Archives        



13:30 – 13:50              Anna Aseeva (Russia)
                                      Conservation of photographic materials as a new direction in the field of
                                      preservation of cultural heritage in Russia

13:50 – 14:10              Kristaps Latvis (Latvia)
                                      Photograph conservation internship at the Northeast Document
                                      Conservation Center (NEDCC) 2018

14:10 – 14:30              Discussion

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8:30 – 9:00                  Registration

9:00 – 9:10                  Opening Remarks
                                    Monique Fischer, senior photograph conservator at the NEDCC

9:10 – 9:30                  Jana Krizanova (Slovakia)
                                      Development of photograph conservation in Slovakia

9:30 – 9:50                  Tina Buh (Slovenia)
                                      Photograph conservation in Slovenia

9:50 – 10:10                Natalia Vladinova (Bulgaria)
                                      Portraits and Photos collection of Bulgarian National Library:
                                      Contents and preservation issues

10:10 – 10:30              Ivana Gržina (Croatia)
                                       Imposed Heritage:  Management and care of photographs in the Strossmayer
                                       Gallery of Old Masters of the Croatian Academy of  Sciences and Arts

10:30 – 10:50              Irena Šimić (Croatia)
                                      Preserving Ideas: Notes about special photographic collections at the
                                      Institute of Art History in Zagreb



11:20 – 11:40              *Dragica Krstić, Tamara Ilić Olujić, Karmen Lečić (Croatia)
                                        Picture Postcards in the National and university library in Zagreb

11:40 – 12:00              *Maro Grbić, Tonko Barčot (Croatia)
                                       Artistic Value Behind the Evidence of a Period:  Glass plate negatives of
                                       Jakov Peručić, a fin de siècle photographer in Korčula

12:00 – 12:20              Lana Majdančić (Croatia)
                                      Art Photography in the Service of Sculpture

12:20 – 12:40              Filip Katanić (Croatia)
                                      The Image of War:  The importance of photographic collection of
                                      World War One at the Croatian State Archives



14:00 – 14:20              Kateřina Doležalová (Czech Republic)
                                      Sudek collection from a conservator’s point of view

14:20 – 14:40              *Federica Delia, Barbara Cattaneo (Italy)
                                       Hanj:  The use of Korean mulberry paper in photograph conservation

14:40 – 15:00              Clara M. Prieto (Spain)
                                       Protecting Daguerreotypes:  SHS Structural Housing System

15:00 – 15:20              *Nikifor Haralampiev, Alexander Vatov (Bulgaria)
                                       Protective housing for two daguerreotypes from the National
                                       Polytechnic Museum in Sofia

15:20 – 15:40              *Sandra Maria Petrillo, Claudia Garofalo (Italy)
                                       Looking at Photographic Albums: Challenges in conserving photographic albums.
                                       The large blue album of Louis de Boccard and the "Ciels" album of  Mariano
                                       Fortuny y Madrazo.

                                       * Indicates primary speaker for the presentation.         



16:00 – 17:00              Round Table Discussion


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Day Three will include a tour of the Croatian State Archives and a local museum. 


Learn more about the Symposium Sessions:

Symposium Abstract Book Now Available!


Transportation from Airport to Zagreb

Transport by bus: Airport - Zagreb (price around: 30 kuna/5 euros)
Taxi: Airport – Zagreb (price around: 220 kuna/30 euros)

List of Accommodations / Hotels:

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General questions about the symposium?

Email Monique Fischer, Senior Photograph Conservator, NEDCC.

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LINK to Symposium Information on the Croatian State Archives website.

This program is made possible by generous support from: