Training Course: Conservation of Photographs

The Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, Calcutta (Kolkata)
Samuel Bourne
Date: 1867
Dimensions: Image-H: 18.9 cm, W: 31.5 cm
Medium: Albumen print
Museum number: PHY.02524

The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bengaluru, is pleased to announce a 10-day workshop from 17 to 27 March 2020 on the CONSERVATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS as part of the MAP-Tata Trusts Art Conservation Initiative.

The Museum of Art & Photography’s (MAP) mission is to build, manage and sustain a new museum to exhibit, interpret and preserve a growing collection of art and cultural artefacts, motivated by a belief that museums should play a positive role in society. It seeks to bridge art and community and serve as a catalyst for greater public exposure to the important cultural history of the visual arts in the country.

The Tata Trusts Art Conservation Initiative proposes to establish, develop and strengthen art conservation centres across India, and to create a cohort of trained art conservators. Executed across 5 zonal institutes and one academic institute over a period of four years, one of the objectives of the project is to conduct advanced material conservation training courses that will help further train practising conservators and establish standards of competence in the field of art conservation.
MAP has been selected as the zonal centre for the southern region with its geographical outreach to the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.



At the end of the course, each participant will be able to identify the different types of photograph prints, look for the signs of deterioration in photographs and learn how to conserve and preserve them.  



‣ Historical development of photographs and its processes
‣ Identification of various types of photographs and its deterioration signs
‣ Visit to the studio to learn about various photographic processes
‣ Conservation and restoration of photographs (case studies and practicals)
‣ Preventive care for photographs



Faculty and experts from across the country.



Illustrated lectures; lecture-demonstrations; conservation practicals; studio visits; assessments.



The participants will be assessed daily by the faculty conducting the sessions. The training course will conclude with a final written/practical assessment and viva-voce.



The detailed day-to-day schedule of the training course will be emailed to the selected participants only.



Interested candidates are requested to fill in an application form.
Please also attach previous examples of work done in paper conservation, and a copy of your CV.

A selection panel will hold interviews of the short-listed participants either in person or online. The selected candidates will be informed by email/phone.

Last date of receipt of applications: 15 February 2020



‣ Participants should be practising conservators.

‣ The training course is limited to 15 participants.

‣ There is no fee for this training course.

‣ Participants are requested to kindly make their own arrangements for travel, boarding and lodging.


For additional queries please email Rajeev Kumar Choudhary or call at +91 8040535200

This training course is a project designed and supported by the TATA Trusts Art Conservation Initiative