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Tuesday, May 30 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
(Photographic Materials) New Original – Reprint in Fine Art Photography

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Historically, the status of a photograph as an 'original object' has been controversial in the field of fine art due to the nature of the negative/positive process itself. In other words, there can be multiple original objects. In recent years, 'reprints' have emerged much more frequently in the world of fine art photography. This complicates the notion of the original and challenges conservators, curators, galleries, collectors, artist's estates, and contemporary artists to define the "original” object in photography. Some reprints are not printed on the same photographic paper, nor even with the same process as the original object. Yet, the movement of creating "reprints" seems to be gathering momentum and is likely to continue into the future. We will certainly come across more of these prints being put forward as "new” originals. This paper will discuss some of the issues and questions surrounding "reprints" in fine art photography from the conservator's perspective as of 2017. Further discussion will be centered around examples of reprinted objects, the reasons why reprints were made, who authorized the reprints, the need for identification and labeling, the value of reprints versus originals, the possible impact reprints have on understanding original prints and artist works, and what is an original print in photography.


Hanako Murata, [PA]

Conservator of Photographs, The Better Image
Hanako Murata Murata is Photograph Conservator at The Better Image® since 2015 after working as an Assistant Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She holds her Master of Arts (MA) in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper... Read More →

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J. Luca Ackerman

Assistant Conservator, The Better Image®
J. Luca Ackerman studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and earned a Bachelors degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Luca joined the staff at The Better Image® after graduating from FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic... Read More →
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Tatiana Cole

Conservator, Private Practice
Tatiana Cole has a private practice in the Greater Boston area, in addition to holding a position at the Boston Athenaeum. Previously, she was Associate Conservator of Photographs at The Better Image in NYC, and Fellow in Photographs Conservation at the Amon Carter Museum in Forth... Read More →
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Peter Mustardo

Director, The Better Image®
Peter Mustardo graduated from Columbia University's Advanced Certificate Program in Preservation Administration. He was the Assistant Conservator at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House from 1978 to 1982, Head of the Preservation Section at the New York... Read More →

Tuesday May 30, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Michigan 1A-B Concourse Level, East Tower