The Photographs of F. Holland Day: Developing a Materials-Based Catalogue Raisonné
September 19, 2013
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About the Lecture:
The Library holds the largest collection of photographs by F. Holland Day in the world, a gift from his estate spanning his career and comprising six hundred and ninety prints. A project to systematically identify and catalogue the material aspects of photographs by F. Holland Day in the collection of the Library of Congress, with the goal of defining a characteristic “fingerprint” of Day’s working methods, has shown that cataloguing the physical attributes of photographs can re-define the way an artist’s work is understood, dated, and attributed. The methodology for acquiring material information and the results of paper texture analysis, a new technique in field of conservation, will be discussed. New findings pertaining to Day’s working methods will be revealed, focusing primarily on their impact on the dating and attribution of Day’s most important series, “The Seven Words.”
This special lecture is co-sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center, the Prints and Photographs Division, and the Conservation Division at the Library of Congress. For more information, contact the Kluge Center at (202) 707-3302.
About the Speaker:
Adrienne Lundgren is a senior photograph conservator in the Conservation Division of the Library of Congress. In 2012 she was awarded the Kluge Staff Fellowship by The John W. Kluge Center, which is given to one staff member annually to conduct independent research using the Library's resources and collections.
Prior to joining the Library in 2002, she was a fellow in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. She holds an M.S. in conservation from the Winterthur-University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.