George Eastman House launches certificate program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management
Graduate-level immersion experience for professionals, students, and scholars combines classroom study with study of Museum’s unparalleled collections
For Release 2012-04-25
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film announces the launch of a one-year certificate program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, an intensive eight-month, graduate-level immersion program for professionals, students, and independent scholars. This comprehensive combination of practical and classroom experience will be based in the unparalleled collections of Eastman House, the world’s oldest museum of photography. The program begins in September 2012.
Participants will have access to collections material, the Museum’s renowned library of photographica and state-of-the-art conservation lab, and internationally recognized faculty and staff. The program will encompass the history of photography and museum studies and train students in the practices of photographic preservation, collections management, photographic process identification, digital preservation, working with conservators, writing about photographs, photographic cataloguing within museum systems, and exhibition development.
“There is no other program like this anywhere else,” said Dr. Alison Nordström, Eastman House’s senior curator of photographs and head of faculty. “It is an amazing opportunity to engage directly with these wonderful objects and to work side-by-side with staff in a working museum. Students who earn this certificate will have a resumé comparable to one who has been working in the field for years.”
Collections of photographs are found not only in museums, but also galleries, auction houses, artist estates, universities, libraries, historical and corporate archives, and private collections. As the significance and value of these collections increase, so does the need for specially trained professionals who can document, organize, interpret, and care for the objects.
“My time at George Eastman House was key to coming to grips with the inner-workings of a cultural institution,” said Marc Boulay, photographic archivist in the Department of Special Collections at University of St. Andrews in Scotland. “Eastman House’s specialization in photographic media provided me with valuable insights into how this field differs from all others. Being mentored in this institution is a rare and valuable opportunity.” (more)
The certificate in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management will prepare participants for positions working with varied collections, as an archivist, registrar, collections manager, gallery manager, or entry-level curator.
“People who have trained at George Eastman House are currently employed by museums and archives around the world,” Nordström said. “We’ve been training the next generation in the photographic field since our founding in 1947, but in this changing world of photography there is now a greater need for this type of formal, high-level education program.”
To apply: Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience. Post-secondary education in the areas of art history and photography are preferred but not essential. Work-related experience in museum and archive collections is considered an asset. For international students, you must submit TOEFL scores if English is not your first language and Eastman House is authorized to issue J-1 student visas to qualified applicants. Tuition for the eight-month certificate program, which spans September to April, is $15,000.
George Eastman House also offers a two-year Master of Arts degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, in collaboration with Ryerson University in Toronto. To learn more about that program, please visit imagearts.ryerson.ca/photopreservation.
About George Eastman House
George Eastman House is easily accessible by plane or train from New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Toronto. The Museum combines the world’s leading collections of photography and film with an active program of exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and the National Historic Landmark house and gardens of George Eastman, the father of popular photography and motion picture film. Eastman House is also a leader in film preservation and photograph conservation, educating archivists and conservators from around the world. The collection of photographs includes 500,000 photographs and negatives dating from the invention of the medium to the present day and features original vintage works in every medium. More than 14,000 photographers are represented in the collection, including most ever major figure in the history of photography. The collection embraces numerous landmark processes, objects of great rarity, and monuments of art history that trace the evolution of the medium as a technology, as a means of scientific documentation, and as one of the most potent and accessible vehicles of personal expression of the modern era. The Eastman also offers a one-year certificate and two-year master’s degree program in motion-picture film preservation.