The studio's conservators are trained to identify active, ongoing deterioration problems and develop treatments to stabilize condition. In many cases the appearance of a photographic print or work or art on paper can be degraded by staining, surface dirt, and losses to an edge or corner. In such instances the studio's conservators can propose a treatment to improve the appearance of the work without undermining its long-term stability. Over time, working with a conservator can help collectors build a more sophisticated level of discernment identifying which condition problems can be successfully treated and which cannot. This type of knowledge can be a significant edge in the marketplace where knowing the actual condition of a print and its prospects for long-term stability can be the difference between a good investment and an expensive lesson in art conservation.
The studio is actively researching the removal of colloidal silver stains (often magenta or pink) from gelatin silver prints and the reduction of sensitizer stains on platinum prints made during the 1970's and later. In both cases, producing greater image stability is an integral part of the stain removal process. Another area of ongoing treatment-based research is the design and production of enclosures for uncased daguerreotypes.
The studio is uniquely capable of teaching conservation treatment and has worked with many students to prepare for graduate conservation training. From time to time the studio also accepts graduate-level interns.