Photographic Chemistry for Conservation

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The Photographic Chemistry series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Study at your own pace and repeat sections as needed!

This package includes the first six courses in the Photographic Chemistry series. The most recently released course must be purchased separately.

  • Light Sensitivity of Silver Salts

    Contains 38 Component(s)

    The first course in the Photographic Chemistry series consists of seventeen units, each including a video lecture and self-assessment quiz.

    The Photographic Chemistry series was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Each course contains about 5 – 15 units; each unit includes a 3 -10 minute video lecture and a brief self-assessment quiz. Study at your own pace and repeat units as needed!

    Scott Williams (Moderator)

    Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

    Scott Williams is Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Williams is one of an ever-smaller group of individuals with expertise in photographic chemistry. This profound knowledge, combined with his thoughtful and lively teaching style, make for an easy-to-follow presentation of this potentially complex topic. This course is a fount of information essential to understanding the silver-based analog photographic processes represented in so many private and public collections around the globe.

  • The Latent Image

    Contains 26 Component(s)

    The second course in the Photographic Chemistry series consists of thirteen units, each including a video lecture and self-assessment quiz.

    The Photographic Chemistry series was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Each course contains about 5 – 15 units; each unit includes a 3 -10 minute video lecture and a brief self-assessment quiz. Study at your own pace and repeat units as needed!

    Scott Williams (Moderator)

    Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

    Scott Williams is Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Williams is one of an ever-smaller group of individuals with expertise in photographic chemistry. This profound knowledge, combined with his thoughtful and lively teaching style, make for an easy-to-follow presentation of this potentially complex topic. This course is a fount of information essential to understanding the silver-based analog photographic processes represented in so many private and public collections around the globe.

  • Chemical and Spectral Sensitization

    Contains 34 Component(s)

    The third course in the Photographic Chemistry series consists of sixteen units, each including a video lecture and self-assessment quiz.

    The Photographic Chemistry series was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Each section contains about 5 – 15 units; each unit includes a 3 -10 minute video lecture and a brief self-assessment quiz. Study at your own pace and repeat units as needed!

    Scott Williams (Moderator)

    Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

    Scott Williams is Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Williams is one of an ever-smaller group of individuals with expertise in photographic chemistry. This profound knowledge, combined with his thoughtful and lively teaching style, make for an easy-to-follow presentation of this potentially complex topic. This course is a fount of information essential to understanding the silver-based analog photographic processes represented in so many private and public collections around the globe.

  • The Role of Gelatin

    Contains 14 Component(s)

    The fourth course in the Photographic Chemistry series consists of seven units, each including a video lecture and self-assessment quiz.

    The Photographic Chemistry series was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Each course contains about 5 – 15 units; each unit includes a 3 -10 minute video lecture and a brief self-assessment quiz. Study at your own pace and repeat units as needed!

    Scott Williams (Moderator)

    Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

    Scott Williams is Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Williams is one of an ever-smaller group of individuals with expertise in photographic chemistry. This profound knowledge, combined with his thoughtful and lively teaching style, make for an easy-to-follow presentation of this potentially complex topic. This course is a fount of information essential to understanding the silver-based analog photographic processes represented in so many private and public collections around the globe.

  • Film and Paper Structure

    Contains 14 Component(s)

    The fifth course in the Photographic Chemistry series consists of five units, each including a video lecture and self-assessment quiz.

    The Photographic Chemistry series was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Each course contains about 5 – 15 units; each units includes a 3 -10 minute video lecture and a brief self-assessment quiz. Study at your own pace and repeat units as needed!

    Scott Williams (Moderator)

    Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

    Scott Williams is Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Williams is one of an ever-smaller group of individuals with expertise in photographic chemistry. This profound knowledge, combined with his thoughtful and lively teaching style, make for an easy-to-follow presentation of this potentially complex topic. This course is a fount of information essential to understanding the silver-based analog photographic processes represented in so many private and public collections around the globe.

  • General Development Process

    Contains 24 Component(s)

    The sixth course in the Photographic Chemistry series consists of twelve units, each including a video lecture and self-assessment quiz, as well as access to the discussion forum.

    The Photographic Chemistry series was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Each course contains about 5 – 15 units; each units includes a 3 -10 minute video lecture and a brief self-assessment quiz. Study at your own pace and repeat units as needed!

    Scott Williams (Moderator)

    Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

    Scott Williams is Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Williams is one of an ever-smaller group of individuals with expertise in photographic chemistry. This profound knowledge, combined with his thoughtful and lively teaching style, make for an easy-to-follow presentation of this potentially complex topic. This course is a fount of information essential to understanding the silver-based analog photographic processes represented in so many private and public collections around the globe.