Gawain Weaver, Photograph Conservator, San Francisco Bay Area
"Photograph Conservation in the Real World: From Bleaching to Vinegar Syndrome to Photoshop"
An insider's view of a photograph conservator's treatments from the mundane to the very challenging, including the restoration of cellulose acetate negatives with advanced vinegar syndrome and when digitization and Photoshop are good alternatives for conservation work. The presenter's work in developing standards for photographic documentation for conservators will be presented and how the resulting AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation may be useful to Visual Resources Association members.
Ryan Brubacher, Instruction and Research Support Consultant to the Arts and Humanities, Occidental College
“Practices of Looking and Collaborating: a case study of a faculty/staff learning community on visual culture in pedagogy and research”
I was invited to be part of a Faculty Learning Community(FLC) this Spring semester at Occidental College. The charge of this FLC was "to robustly reflect on how an engagement with visual culture and tools in our pedagogy works (or doesn't) in our classrooms and how this work demands specific forms of critical visual fluency". Aside from it being on a topic of special interest to any of us in our field, I want to share and discuss with other VR professionals this informative experience in working with faculty from a variety of disciplines.
The presentation will highlight a number of issues of importance to people working in visual resources, from technology and classroom practices, to visual literacy and curriculum planning, both in the arts, and in the social sciences and sciences.
Carl Schmitz, Visual Resources and Art Research Librarian, Richard Diebenkorn Foundation
"A Catalogue Raisonné Case Study in Color Management"
This presentation will detail the Diebenkorn Foundation's color-controlled imaging for catalogue raisonné research. From original photography through color profiling and proofing, the roundtrip workflow from RGB capture and CMYK match proof to object comparison will be discussed.
Demonstration of Online Image Collection and Tour of Special Collections
Dayle Reilly and Lynn Prime of Sonoma State University will give a demonstration of the regional online image collection that was supported in part by a Local History Digital Resources Project (LHDRP) grant from the California State Library.
Jason Miller, Visual Resources Librarian, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design Visual Resources Center
"Digital Contact Sheets: Creating Visual Indexes for Large Collections of 35 mm Slides"
Many Visual Resource Centers, Archives and Libraries find themselves holding large collections of 35mm slides that are full of amazing and important imagery, but lack the resources with which to fully digitize and describe each individual item. These are often donated collections of research photographs, or other undigitized accumulations of slides. Collection level description and cataloging may hint at the contents of such a collection, but rarely does justice to these information-dense groups of photographs. At the same time, storage and access to these collections can be problematic due to the size and shape of the items, as well as the large quantity in which they tend to gather (usually in multiples of 36). By standardizing the storage of the slides, the entire collection can be photographed in the form of "contact sheets," which can be disseminated as a surrogate to the physical collection. The order of the slides, the information written on slide mounts, etc. is all preserved while the digital contact sheet allows reference sized imagery that is of sufficient detail to be useful to researchers while not requiring large-scale high-resolution digitization. These contact sheet "Visual Indexes" can become the primary interface with a large collection that effectively provide access while minimizing time and expense on the institution's part.
Layna White, Head of Collections Information and Access, and John Morris, Visual Resources Associate, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
"Museums at Work: Show and Tell"
Art museums are a dynamic mix of art, people, knowledge, experiences, needs, and objectives. This dynamism is none so plainly experienced as when museums produce exhibitions. This presentation looks at SFMOMA at work, focusing particularly on intellectual property concerns and visual documentation around exhibitions of contemporary art. What concerns might arise when using images or other content in exhibition materials? How best to provide access to exhibition images and video via a digital asset management system? Throughout, we will consider the influences of collaboration and tools on supporting positively dynamic mixes.
Marcia Focht, Curator of Visual Resources, Binghamton University and Secretary, Visual Resources Association
"VRA Leadership Roundtable"
Participants: Krystal Boehlert, Social Networking Contributor, VRA; Maureen Burns, Past President, VRA; Robb Detlefs, Past PR & C, VRA; John Trendler, PR & C, VRA
This roundtable is intended to impart information about the opportunities for leadership, in roles with varying levels of commitment, in the Visual Resources Association. We will provide a frank and hopeful section where we will discuss our individual experiences with entering into leadership roles within the VRA, including pitfalls, realities, and rewards (both personal and professional) that we have encountered while fulfilling these roles. There will also be time for questions from the audience.
Ben Wood, Visual Artist
"Revealing the Hidden Mural at Mission Dolores"
Behind the wooden altar in the sanctuary at Mission San Francisco de Asís, is a wall painted in the late eighteenth century by Indian labor. Painted directly onto plaster, in ochre, white, red, yellow, black, and blue/grey, the mural, which is adorned with abstract patterns as well as Christian imagery, is still virtually unknown to the public. In January 2004 the top 5 by 22 feet was photographed by devising a rope and pulley system to remotely control the camera from above that would allow photography without adverse effect to the mural or building fabric. In the cramped space artist Ben Wood and archaeologist Eric Blind worked to photograph the mural shot by shot one foot at a time. The images were computer manipulated into a single composite of the top third of the wall which reveals a central niche, abstract decoration, and religious symbols. Soon after their rediscovery, images of a heart pierced by three daggers and a heart pierced by a sword from the mural, were projected onto the interior of the dome of the Mission Dolores Basilica for all to see. Images of the mural, forgotten for so long, were super-imposed inside the building next door after 200 of years of being hidden from view. During 2011, in an effort to raise awareness about the mural as well as encourage Mission Dolores to re-engage in the project, a public painting of the mural was unveiled at the Opening of the Mission Community Market on Bartlett Street at 22nd in San Francisco's Mission district. Local muralists Jet Martinez, Bonnie Reiss and Ezra Eismont collaborated with Ben Wood to recreate the photographed section of the mural in order to raise awareness about the mural. Mission Dolores have since announced that they intend to work with CyArk to pursue further documentation of the mural.
"Image Rights: Leveraging rights metadata to maximize access and minimize liability. An interactive discussion"
Jeff Sedlik is a leading authority on image licensing, copyright, and the business of image licensing. Sedlik is President of the PLUS Coalition, past president of the APA, and a Professor at the Art Center College of Design.
Greg Reser, Metadata Specialist, University of California, San Diego
“Basic embedded metadata for photos of art and architecture”
Greg will explain the development and use of the VRA Embedded Metadata working group’s common sense guide to describing creative works in the context of common photo software. The intention is to make it easy for faculty and students to embed information so their images can be found and identified. Visual resource professionals can use the guidelines to embed information from their database in images they want to share with their users. There will be demonstration of how this is done.