The conservation of photographic materials relates to the passive and interventive techniques used to clean, stabilize, consolidate, repair, and restore original photographic positive and negative images.
See also Photography
Angela H. Moor and Ian L. Moor
Conservation for photographic materials must take into account the characteristics and properties that denote the photograph as an artifact, rather than just a visual image, and historic and technological information must be preserved to ensure the continuation of the provenance of the photograph. Regarding the photograph as an image will include all the visual, social, historic, artistic, and aesthetic information that is represented within the picture created by the photographer. This concept also relates to the individuality of style, interpretation, and presentation of the photographer in respect of that which he purposefully or accidentally captured in his work. Regarding the photograph as an artifact will include the visual and material characteristics that make up and form the essence of the photograph. These physical properties include the light-sensitive coatings found in non-colloidal images such as calotypes, salted paper prints, cyanotypes, and platinum prints or in the image-carrying colloid or colloidal emulsions, whether silver or pigmented, and their supporting bases, mountants, and presentation materials. These properties are relatively easy to recognize (...