The Big Picture

June 13 - 16, 2022
New York, NY
Organizers: Lee Ann Daffner and Krista Lough

Large contemporary photographs are found in both public and private collections as artists continue to work at this scale, responding to innovations in the printing and the advertising industry. This workshop will focus on the unique challenges in the presentation, display, and collection care of these large-scale works, with the goal of providing a forum to share information on their care and preservation. Conservators, curators, and collections specialists will outline a range of preservation concerns; artists will share their creative experiences and perspectives creating these works. Market forces in the contemporary photography art world will be touched on. Participants will see first-hand the exhibition and storage, and hear conservation concerns for large works in an institutional setting.

Categories of oversize photographs will be discussed throughout the program, such as photographs that follow traditional framed and glazed presentation styles, including certain face-mounted works; photographs that are mounted and presented with a more minimal aesthetic without frames or glazing; and photographs with unconventional presentation styles, such as wallpapers, installations, light boxes, and those which lean against the wall, are secured with tapes, clips or magnets.

The workshop will cover topics including artistic practice, collection care and methods of display. Procedures and protocols surrounding the acquisition, exhibition, handling, shipping, and storage of large works will be considered. Presentations will also cover a range of conservation issues and damages related to (and often unique to) these vulnerable photographs.

The practical, hands-on sections of the workshop will focus on handling mounted and unsupported large materials, including rolling for storage. In addition, we will touch on surface cleaning and review mount materials. Participants will tour a printing and mounting studio that produces large-scale works and the museum’s off-site storage facility.

This workshop is geared toward conservation and collection care professionals responsible for the care of large-format photographs. Click on the "Apply to Participate" tab above to learn more. The registration fee is $699 for AIC members and $839 for non-members. The registration fee is due after applicants have been notified of their acceptance to the workshop. Scholarships are available to help support participation in this workshop (more information can be found in the "Apply to Participate" tab). FAIC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We hope to be able to move forward with the workshop in June and encourage you to apply to participate. The situation will be reevaluated prior to notifications being made to applicants. View our Help page for our cancellation policy.

Funding for this program comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fund for Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding comes from the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) Endowment for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is supported by donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and its friends. Workshops are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.

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Interested individuals must complete an application. Each potential participant will be asked to describe their relationship with large format photographs and how they would use and share the knowledge gained from this workshop with others. Priority will go to conservation and collection care professionals who will be working with large format photographs immediately following this workshop (if not already). Geographic diversity will also be considered.

Applications are due February 10, 2022. Submit an application by clicking the "Apply" button below. Applications are submitted through our online application portal. When you enter the portal, you will be prompted to login to the system using a login ID and password. If you already have an account (this should be the case if you are an AIC member or have participated in an AIC or FAIC program), use the same login information you use to access that account. If you do not have an account in the system, you can quickly set one up before you begin your application. Notifications will by made by March 11, 2022. 

FAIC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We hope to be able to move forward with the workshops in June and encourage you to apply to participate. The situation will be reevaluated in March prior to the notifications being made to applicants.


Scholarships are available to support participation in this program. Scholarship applications are due on February 15, 2022, and must be submitted separate from the workshop application. If you anticipate needing support to attend this workshop, please apply by the deadline even if you haven't yet been accepted to the workshop.

FAIC/NEH Individual Professional Development Scholarships support participants offer up to $1,500 to help defray costs associated with participation in this workshop for residents of the United States.

FAIC/Mellon Photograph Workshop Professional Development Scholarships offer up to $1,000, plus waiver of registration fees, to help defray costs associated with participation in this for international attendees.



Workshop at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
06/13/2022 at 9:00 AM (EDT)   |  3 days, 7 hours, 30 minutes
06/13/2022 at 9:00 AM (EDT)   |  3 days, 7 hours, 30 minutes