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In My Life: Lessons Learned and Futures Imagined in the Preservation of Photographs

During this presentation (which includes a little music) on Tuesday, April 25, professor Debra Hess Norris, from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, will share information on the characterization and preservation of photographic materials. She’ll offer lessons she learned as a conservator, educator, fundraiser and advocate, from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to the TEDx public stage. From the daguerreotype to the digital print, images connect and celebrate humanity. As nations struggle with increasingly catastrophic environmental disasters, armed conflict, health emergencies, social injustice and other crises, the need to preserve the world’s heritage, including photographs, is heightened. Through collaboration and community engagement, the practice of photograph preservation has the capacity to cross boundaries, build trust and bridge divides.

Free admission, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations may be arranged through this form. The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall. Doors will open for seating at 5 p.m. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation Annual 2023 Conference (ANAGPIC).


Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, USA

Harvard Square

Date & Time

  • Tue Apr 25, 2023

    • 9:30pm - 10:30pm


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