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Photography Institute to open at AU in Beirut

on Wednesday,February 04,2009 18:02

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Major American academic and cultural centers are teaming up to preserve photographic treasures of the Middle East.

The Photograph Preservation Institute, hosted jointly by the University of Delaware and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Arab Image Foundation, will include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on projects, visits to view collections, and case studies.

The aim of the project will be to promote and educate about the conservation of the photographic legacy of the Middle East.

"Despite a wealth of photographic heritage dating from the early 19th century to the present, there are no formally trained photograph conservators in the Middle East," says Debra Hess Norris, chairperson of the Department of Art Conservation and Henry F. du Pont Chair in Fine Arts at the University of Delaware.

She adds, "Our hope is that this program will advance the practice of photograph preservation throughout the region, as well as foster the exchange of preservation ideas, philosophies and techniques that will strengthen ties among us as conservators."

The photographs on display will show archaeological expeditions from the 1800s, as well as refugee camps and scenes from daily life in this troubled but fascinating part of the world.

The two-week event will take place on the campus of the American University in Beirut, Lebanon. It is funded by a $115,000 grant from the Getty Foundation.
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