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Identifying Photographic Prints IPI Workshop

Tuesday, May 7 @ 9:00 am Wednesday, May 8 @ 4:00 pm


TRLN will host an Image Permanence Institute (IPI) two-day workshop focused on identifying photographic prints. Registration is required and space is limited. Reach out to to express interest in participating.

About the Workshop

The history of photography includes almost 200 years of generating objects that have many similar visual characteristics, but that were made using a wide range of different technologies and materials. When examining a photograph, viewers must evaluate the clues that the physical object itself presents to properly identify the photographic process(es) used to create the photograph. This skill—which is described in shorthand as ‘process identification’—is something that each new generation of scholars and collections stewards must develop for itself. This workshop will teach participants the tools and skills necessary for successful photographic process identification using a structured methodology and controlled vocabulary for organizing visual information, hands-on practice examining 19th, 20th, and 21st century processes from IPI’s study collection, and instruction on how to use as a reference resource for identification.


The workshop will take place in Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Parking and other venue details will be shared with participants prior to the workshop.