PMG Preservation of Plastics in Photographic Materials

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Date initiated August 2014
Contributors Luisa Casella, Alejandra Mendoza, Stephanie Watkins

Plastics used in Photographs[edit | edit source]

Evolution of Transparent Plastic Supports, By Fernanda Valverde, 2016

Evolution of Transparent Plastic Supports[edit | edit source]

Talk by Fernanda Valverde
Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials Symposium
Tucson, Arizona. March 2016.

This talk addresses the evolution of transparent plastic supports focusing on the periods of transition and overlapping of different materials and technologies. It highlights the challenges involved in the development and manufacture of the different types of flexible supports, and the advantages and disadvantages of each of these. The physical, mechanical, and chemical properties that were desirable in transparent supports are presented here, along with the methods introduced to achieve these properties.

Historical Review of Plastics used in Photographs, By Sylvie Pénichon, 2016

Historical Review of Plastics used in Photographs[edit | edit source]

Talk by Sylvie Pénichon
Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials Symposium
Tucson, Arizona. March 2016.

Plastics have pervaded every aspect of our lives and photographs are no exception. Since the early days of photography, plastics have been closely associated and used in photographs as binders, substrates, coatings, and now, image materials. This presentation will briefly survey the evolution of photographic materials and plastics associated with them, from the daguerreotype era to the digital age.

Overview of Processes that include Plastic[edit | edit source]

Materials[edit | edit source]

Process Identification[edit | edit source]

Support Characterization[edit | edit source]

Damage Examples[edit | edit source]

See Mazzini, Mauro-Julian's Gelatin film based pathologies for examples of damages to several different film types and formats.

Factors to Consider with Plastics in Photographic Materials[edit | edit source]

Preservation Recommendations for Use, Display, or Storage[edit | edit source]

Conservation Treatment Techniques[edit | edit source]

Exhibition[edit | edit source]

Further Reading[edit | edit source]

Photographic Materials Specific[edit | edit source]

  • Adelstein, Peter. 2009. IPI Media Storage: Quick Reference. 2nd ed. Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology: Image Permanence Institute.
  • Film Preservation, Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology: Image Permanence Institute.
  • Horvarth. 1987. The Acetate Negative Survey. University of Louisville Ekstrom Library Photographic Archives.
  • Photographic Negatives: Nature and Evolution of Processes. Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology: Image Permanence Institute.
  • Mazzini, Mauro-Julian's Gelatin film based pathologies. Accessed 12 July 2020.
  • Reilly, James M. 1993 (minor revision 1996). IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film. Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology: Image Permanence Institute.

General Plastic Objects (annotated)[edit | edit source]

  • Bacci, Mauro, Constanza Cucci, Thea van Oosten, Yvonne Shashoua, and Jozef Rychlý. 2012. (2.2) Collection Survey: Surveying Plastic Artefact Collections in Museums. (139-149) (31/01/12): EU 7th Framework Programme Project, POPART (Preservation Of Plastic ARTefacts in Museum Collections): Use of "Polly Dolls" as test subjects to age plastic materials in real time.
  • Care and identification of Objects Made From Plastic n.d. Conservo O Gram 8/4, (USA) National Park Service. (Plastic Identification and Care, chart on page 5-6).
  • Connecting to Collections Care (C2C). Dynamic, constantly changing FAIC online community with numerous resource links for Care of Photographic Materials and other, such as plastics. Example of an event on Care of Plastics [1]
  • Garcia, Kaelyn, Marina Hays, Sarah Scatura. 2020 (June 25). Fashion's Plastic Problem: Preventive Conservation for Synthetic Materials. American Institute for Conservation virtual meeting presentation. Real time testing of plastic materials following the model of the European POPART project. Authors used composite plastic manikin-style dolls (future opportunity for googly-eyes! - Suzy Morgan).
  • Icons in Plastic. 2014 (January 15). "Icons in Plastic" Getty video presentation on same site.
  • Plastic Identification Tool. 2020. Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency, Education, Culture and Science. Includes rudimentary film identification for collection stewards and owners.
  • Preservation of Plastics. 2017 (June last updated). Getty Conservation Institute; Numerous written and online links to various projects,
  • Williams, R. Scott. 2002 (January). Care of Malignant Plastics. WAAC Newsletter, (24: 1). (Online version has no page numbers listed.)

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