Sep 8, 2012

Meeting with Renowned Film Archivist

On June 12th, 2012 I met with film archivist  Katherine Whitman, currently the photograph conservator at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. She offered valued advice for mounting and displaying the final roll of un-cut film.
She’s a former fellow of the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography in Rochester, NY, holds bachelor’s degrees in biology from Michigan State University and fine art photography from the University of Oregon and earned her master’s degree in paper conservation at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
She’s been an archivist at the University of Oregon Knight Library responsible for the rare photograph collection and completed an internship at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna.
Her master’s thesis addressed the effects of polyester materials on the surface topography of gelatin silver prints during drying.
I was honoured that she agreed to meet and after spending an hour with her, I realized how little I knew about maintaining well fixed and washed film emulsion.!

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