2015 Central and Eastern European
Photograph Conservation Internship Wraps Up
The sixth year of NEDCC’s advanced internship on photograph conservation for professionals from Central and Eastern Europe finished up in November. The Center's 2015 Intern Anna Seweryn is a paper and photograph conservator at the National Archives, Krakow, Poland, and at the National Digital Archives in Warsaw.
The National Archives of Poland holds a significant collection of 19th and 20th century photographs, for which Anna has been appointed conservator. The Archives plans to establish a Centre of Conservation Competency within the next several years, and the experience and knowledge Anna has gained during the internship will be a great asset to the new program. The Centre will conduct research and offer training devoted to the preservation and conservation of archival materials.
The internship was funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and NEDCC Senior Photograph Conservator Monique Fischer served as the principal instructor. Anna studied identification of photographic processes during the internship, and practiced a variety of treatment techniques, including surface cleaning, mending, flattening, washing, inpainting losses, creating protective housings, and hinging and matting. Anna was impressed by the collaboration between conservators in the NEDCC labs, and found it very helpful to observe ongoing treatments for a wide variety of collection materials. She was interested to learn about the tools and supplies that are used in U.S. conservation labs.
Anna also traveled to New York and Washington DC to tour conservation labs at major US institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Art, and the Library of Congress. She also toured the Better Image Studios while in New York City.
“After my internship I am much more confident in my conservation decisions, and I know that I can always count on the people I met at NEDCC to offer advice," Anna commented during a wrap-up meeting. "I learned conservation techniques that were new to me, and improved my knowledge about developing storage of photographic collections; preparation of photographic materials for exhibition; and preparing survey reports for photographic collections, which is extremely important in my every day work. The internship gave me an opportunity to work with new conservation materials and equipment which I will include in my future work.”
We at NEDCC are once more pleased to see how much the interns value the one-on-one training and the opportunity to work with and learn from professional conservators in the U.S. The interns continue to be effective advocates for preservation of important photograph collections in their own institutions and throughout the region, even long after their internship is over.
LEARN MORE about the background of NEDCC's Photograph Conservation Internship program.
NEDCC will soon announce the call for applications for the 2016 Central and Eastern European Advanced Photograph Conservation Internship, to take place in the fall of 2016.