Completion of the State Hermitage and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Joint Project

In December 2015, Paul Messier and Karina Beeman visited The State Hermitage Museum for the completion of the collaborative project, The Hermitage Photograph Conservation Initiative.

The Hermitage Photograph Conservation Initiative was launched in the spring of 2010 to establish a photograph conservation department at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The initiative was funded by a four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation.

We wanted to share a few of the many images taken over the 5 years of the project. We are very grateful to have been part of a great team of Hermitage, national and global colleagues, as well as the FAIC and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

You can read an article published on the Hermitage website here: http://bit.ly/1VNw6up

Viewing the collection during the 1st Advisory Committee at the State Hermitage Museum. April, 2010 Left to right: Debra Hess Norris, Vyacheslav Fedorov, Natalya Avetyan, Paul Messier, Bertrand Lavedrine.

Hermitage Photograph Conservation Initiative Advisory Committee meeting and workshop, October 25-29, 2010, St. Petersburg, Russia. From left to right: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Vice President Mariët Westermann, Franziska Frey, Debra Hess Norris, Eric Pourchot, Consultant to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Angelica Rudenstine, Karina Beeman, Robert Burton, and HPCI Director Paul Messier. Photograph by Tatyana Sayatina.

During the workshop, Conservation of Photographs: From Macro to Micro Environment Workshop, at the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (CRCC). September, 2010 From left to right: Karina Beeman, Tatiana Sayatina, Natalya Avetyan, Natalya Laytar, Marina Kozlova, Evgeniya Glinka.

During the workshop, Conservation of Photographs: From Macro to Micro Environment Workshop, at the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (CRCC). September, 2010 Visit to the Atelier de restauration de photographie de la ville de Paris. From left to right: Natalya Avetyan, Evgenya Glinka, Tatiana Sayatina.

Discussion on daguerreotypes at Paul Messier conservation studio, Boston, MA. January, 2011 From left: Jiuan-Jiuan Chen, Tatiana Sayatina, Evgeniia Glinka, Natalia Laytar, and Natalia Avetyan. Photograph by Karina Beeman

Workshop at CCAHA, Philadelphia. June, 2011 Natalia Laytar, CCAHA Senior Conservator Barb Lemmen, Angelica Rudenstine, and Tatiana Sayatina look at recent treatments.

Workshop on conservation of carbon prints with Diane Tafilowski. October, 2015 From left to right: Volha Eberts, Tatiana Sayatina, Darya Brovkina, Diane Tafilowski.

The Laboratory for the Scientific Restoration of Photographic Materials at the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre.

Tea time during a meeting in the new curatorial office in the Department of the History of Russian Culture at the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre. March, 2015


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