PMG Brief History of the Photographic Materials Group

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The Photographic Materials Group (PMG) of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) was officially formed with a signed article of incorporation in August 1979, making it the first Specialty Group within AIC. Initially, photographic materials conservators met annually at the general AIC meetings and at an annual winter meeting specific to photographic materials conservation. By 1989, the biennial winter meetings schedule (every two years) replaced the yearly winter meeting schedule. As of 2014, there are approximately 400 AIC members who are also PMG members.

Serving the needs of the photographic community worldwide, PMG promotes the creation of relevant tools and publication of research, offering several online and published resources:


Timeline (elected officers, meeting locations, and Topics in Photographic Preservation volume)

Year Chair Program Chair Secretary/Treasurer PMG Winter Meeting Topics Vol. AIC Annual Meeting
1973 Kansas City, MO (1st)
1974 Cooperstown, NY (2nd)
1975 Mexico City, Mexico (3rd)
1976 Dearborn, MI (4th)
1977 Boston, MA (5th)
1978 Fort Worth, TX (6th)
1979 (PMG forms, Aug 20th at University of Delaware) Toronto, CA (7th)
1980 (8/79-5/80) Jose Orraca Gary Albright San Francisco, CA (8th)
1981 (6/80-5/81) Jose Orraca Gary Albright Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX Philadelphia, PA (9th)
1982 (6/81-5/82) Siegfried Rempel Debbie Hess Norris George Eastman House, Rochester, NY Milwaukee, WI (10th)
1983 (6/82-5/83) Siegfried Rempel Debbie Hess Norris Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Baltimore, MD (11th)
1984 (6/83-5/84) Debbie Hess Norris (1st Term) Gary Albright Holly Maxson Louisville, KY Los Angeles, CA (12th)
1985 (6/84-5/85) Debbie Hess Norris Gary Albright Holly Maxson Philadelphia, PA] Washington, DC (13th)
1986 (6/85-5/86) Debbie Hess Norris (2nd Term) Douglas Severson Debora Mayer Mills House Hotel & Hibernia Hall Charleston, SC Topics 1 Chicago, IL (14th)
1987 (6/86-5/87) Debbie Hess Norris Douglas Severson Debora Mayer New Orleans, LA Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (15th)
1988 (6/87-5/88) Douglas Severson Nora Kennedy Constance McCabe Topics 2 New Orleans, LA (16th)
1989 (6/88-5/89) Douglas Severson Nora Kennedy Constance McCabe Kansas City, MO Topics 3 Cincinnati, OH (17th)
1990 (6/89-5/90) Constance McCabe Robin Siegel Richmond, VA (18th)
1991 (6/90-5/91) Constance McCabe Robin Siegel National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Topics 4 Albuquerque, NM (19th)
1992 (6/91-5/92) Greg Hill Gary Albright Robin Siegel Buffalo, NY (20th)
1993 (6/92-5/93) Greg Hill Gary Albright Robin Siegel Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX (Wilhelm Color Photography Session) Topics 5 Denver, CO (21st)
1994 (6/93-5/94) Sarah Wagner Barbara Brown Barbara Lemmen Nasvhille, TN (22nd)
1995 (6/94-5/95) Sarah Wagner Barbara Brown Barbara Lemmen National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Topics 6 St. Paul, MN (23rd)
1996 (6/95-5/96) Carol Turchan Barbara Lemmen Nancy Reinhold Norfolk, VA (24th)
1997 (6/96-5/97) Carol Turchan Barbara Lemmen Nancy Reinhold SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA Topics 7 San Diego, CA (25th)
1998 (6/97-5/98) Gary Albright Andrew Robb Monique Fischer Arlington, VA/ Washington, DC (26th)
1999 (6/98-5/99) Andrew Robb Thomas M. Edmondson Monique Fischer Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography Symposium & Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Topics 8 Dallas, TX (27th)
2000 (6/99-5/00) Andrew Robb Thomas M. Edmondson Monique Fischer Philadelpia, PA (28th)
2001 (6/00-5/01) Andrew Robb Thomas M. Edmondson Monique Fischer Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX Topics 9 Dallas, TX (29th)
2002 (6/01-5/02) Thomas M. Edmondson (1st Term) Lee Ann Daffner Theresa Andrews Miami, FL (30th)
2003 (6/02-5/03) Thomas M. Edmondson Lee Ann Daffner Theresa Andrews (secretary) Stephanie Watkins (acting treasurer) Ballaja Headquarters, San Juan, Puerto Rico Topics 10 Arlington, VA/ Washington, DC (31st)
2004 (6/03-5/04) Thomas M. Edmondson (2nd Term) Paul Messier Dana Hemmenway Portland, OR (32nd)
2005 (6/04-5/05) Thomas M. Edmondson Paul Messier Dana Hemmenway City of Vancouver Archives, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Topics 11 Minneapolis, MN (33rd)
2006 (6/05-5/06) Marc Harnly Laura Downey-Staneff Dana Hemmenway Providence, RI (34th)
2007 (6/06-5/07) Marc Harnly Laura Downey-Staneff Dana Hemmenway George Eastman House, Rochester, NY (joint meeting with ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Group) Topics 12 Richmond, VA (35th)
2008 (6/07-5/08) Adrienne Lundgren Lyzanne Gann Erin Murphy Denver, CO (36th)
2009 (6/08-5/09) Adrienne Lundgren Lyzanne Gann Erin Murphy Contemporary Museum of Photography, Tuscon, AZ Topics 13 Los Angeles, CA (37th)
2010 (6/09-5/10) Barbara Brown (1st Term) Monique Fischer Rachel Wetzel Milwaukee, WI (38th)
2011 (6/10-5/11) Barbara Brown Monique Fischer Rachel Wetzel Ottawa, National Archives and Library of Canada Topics 14 Philadelphia, PA (39th)
2012 (6/11-5/12) Barbara Brown (2nd Term) Monique Fischer Rachel Wetzel Albuquerque, NM (40th)
2013 (6/12-5/13) Barbara Brown Monique Fischer Rachel Wetzel National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, NZ (joint meeting with ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Group) Topics 15 Indianapolis, IN (41st)
2014 (6/13-5/14) Sylvie Pénichon Sarah Freeman Alisha Chipman San Francisco, CA (42nd)
2015 (6/14-5/15) Sylvie Pénichon Sarah Freeman Alisha Chipman Harvard, Cambridge, MA Topic 16 Miami, FL (43rd)
2016 (6/15-5/16) Sylvie Pénichon Tram Vo Alisha Chipman (one year, move to stagger officers) Montreal, Canada (44th)
2017 (6/16-5/17) Sylvie Pénichon Tram Vo Saori Kawasumi Lewis The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO Topic 17 Chicago, IL (45th)
2018 (6/17-5/18) Barbara Lemmen Tatiana Cole Saori Kawasumi Lewis Houston, TX (46th)
2019 (6/18-5/19) Barbara Lemmen Tatiana Cole Topic 18 Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT (47th)
2020 (6/19-5/20) Salt Lake City, UT (48th)

Additional Information

For more information on the history of PMG and photographic materials conservators, please see the WIKI entries under History of Conservation and Conservators. For current activities, please see the AIC-PMG web pages.

Resources

- Interviews by Alejandra Mendoza of photograph conservators, specifically Jose Oracca interview.
- PMG files, personal files and memories: Gary Albright, Luisa Casella, Alisha Chipman, Thomas M. Edmondson, Constance McCabe, Stephanie Watkins


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