Wanted: Conversation On Conservation – Mumbai

Wanted: Conversation On Conservation

We are happy to announce a special Wanted Series event on the importance of conservation of photographs on 28 January 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai. Registrations are open for the event. Please use the registration form to register. Registrations are free and open to all!

This event is being organised as part of the Historical Photo Restoration Week, 2014 in Mumbai. For more on HPR, please click here.

India has a rich history and heritage, a large portion of which has been documented through photographs. In many cases, photos are the only link that we have to the past and the only thing preserving the memory of what once existed. It could be about a family, a wedding or some research and documentation. The images are long-term memoirs that we aspire to treasure for the present as well as future generations.

Today, a vast amount of photo-documentation, capturing our family, marriages, excursions, festivals and other social functions and history, is at the verge of getting damaged and lost in India. Inappropriate storage and handling and changing climatic conditions are some of the basic reasons for the deterioration of photo-documents. Displaying the images for years all together could also be a probable cause of their physical damage.

With the aim to preserve the history and priceless memories and to create awareness on Photo preservation, conservation and restoration, Goa Center for Alternative Photography celebrates one week as the “Historical Photo Restoration Week”. As part of this week-long celebration, ‘Wanted Series’ will convene a public discussion titled ‘Wanted: Conversation On Conservation’ to initiate a dialogue on present and future challenges in conservation and restoration of photographs in India. The conversation will be led by Ms. Gisela Harich-Hamburger.

Ms. Gisela Harich-Hamburger is the Head of Foundation of the Conservation Center of Photography in Berlin, started as a positive retoucher and master craftswoman for reproduction processes. She has wide experience in the field of photography conservation and restoration all over the world. She has restored two life-size photographs of the Longkorn University in Bangkok and has worked as a photo conservator at the Art Library and Collection Photography of the Prussian culture possession in Berlin, Conservation projekt/glass plate negatives on behalf of DAI (German Archeological Institute) in Cairo (Egypt), and at the City Museum of Munich.

The WANTED SERIES is an interaction conceived and organised by Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) and Aksgar in collaboration with Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, where prominent editors, curators and publishers from the art, photography and media world will discuss critical issues on photography in an informal setting. This is a discussion series which travels to different cities in India. You can read more about the Wanted Series here.