"The future is not what it used to be" by Nora Kennedy, Meredith Reiss, Katherine Sanderson

The future is not what it used to be: Changing views on contemporary color photography

The ever-changing materials and vocabulary of contemporary art is quite evident in photography. In her talk, Nora Kennedy gave several examples of how new printing technologies are continually evolving and expanding the definition of “photography.” Even the vocabulary discussing a "photograph" has become much more complicated than just a single sheet of paper, a plate, or a negative.

This expansion of the definition of a photograph has inevitably expanded the definition of the photograph conservator, and I am curious what new boundaries or definitions will form within the profession. Should the training and practice of photography conservation be further divided into multiple specialties (such as images containing metal ions verses non-metal containing images, or analogue prints versus digital prints) or is the expertise that a photograph conservator must have expanding?

Post by: Sharra Grow, Project Paintings Conservator, Brooklyn Museum