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Care of Photographs and Digital Prints

Care of Photographs and Digital Prints

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
Craig Horsfall, Hayde Sacerdote


Care of Photographs and Digital Prints will introduce you to the basic conservation principles of caring for a collection of photographic prints.

Practical exercises to produce prints will be used as learning exercises to explore the materials that make up a photograph and why they are chemically-sensitive objects. Lectures and demonstrations will explore what can be done to help care for photograph collections and conserve them for future years.

Topics Covered

  • Developing silver gelatin prints

  • Developing cyanotypes

  • Basic principles of preventive conservation

  • Summary of photographic history and processes, including digital printing

  • Handling 

  • Selecting materials 

  • Display suggestions

Course Outcomes
You will have gained an insight into how to the materials used in photography. You will understand why photographs are particularly vulnerable to damage over time. You will have begun to understand how to care for photographs and what can be done to limit damage relating to handling, storage and display.

Who Should Attend
Anyone with an interest in the care of photographic collections, including owners of photographs, artists, and anyone with an interest in conservation but without previous experience of working with photographs. The course could serve as a short taster ahead of further training, or for anyone who wants to know more about the subject.


Tutor Description

Craig Horsfall currently works with the MA Conservation course at Camberwell School of Art. He has several years’ experience as a paper conservator, and holds accredited status with the Institute of Conservation (ICON). While working with the framing company John Jones he regularly worked with artists and galleries to retouch printing flaws on new works going to collectors or exhibition.

Hayde Sacerdote works with Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students at Camberwell College of Arts and specialises in black and white analogue processes. Hayde started working with Graphic Design students in 1989. She has a BA in Photography, Film and video and a Postgraduate Certificate in photography.


Please Bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • A note pad and pen

  • Example photographs or albums (optional)

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Camberwell College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates