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CCAHA's 40th: Refreshing the Images of the Past

    • Refreshing the Images of the Past

2017 marks 40 years of CCAHA. Every Friday, we'll share the articles, photos, and recollections that tell the story of how CCAHA became a world-renowned leader in conservation science.

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This succinct article from The New York Times’ Consumer’s World describes three places to get photographs treated. It begins with CCAHA, interviewing then Senior Photograph Conservator Mary Schobert on recent treatment projects. The article describes the difference between conservation and restoration, saying:

Conservators, by definition, can stabilize a photograph to prevent additional deterioration and improve the photograph’s condition and appearance while doing as little as possible to alter the actual artifact… Restorers, by contrast, can take drastic and often irreversible, steps to repair the image, including mounting and extensive retouching.

The article then describes recent treatment projects at CCAHA, including immigrant photos for Ellis Island and a private client’s photos of her father’s boxing career.

See ongoing coverage of our 40th anniversary here.