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Tuesday, May 30 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
(Photographic Materials) The Re-creation and Conservation of Megalethoscope Slides

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The rarity of Megalethoscope slides and their viewers provided us with a conservation challenge: How does a conservator treat an object when there is a lack of contemporary or historic information? Does one consult a photograph conservator or objects conservator to conserve an albumen print mounted onto a curved wooden frame? What type of collaboration is needed for this project? These are the questions that arose when the North Hampton (NH) Historic Commission brought in a collection of fourteen Megalethoscope slides to the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) to be evaluated and examined in early 2014. The paper addresses the questions above and provides a multifaceted approach to the conservation and understanding of these lesser-known photographic materials by 1) re-creating a Megalethoscope slide 2) adapting new techniques from other specialties such as mending procedures used for Japanese panel screens and 3) creating fills and inpainting for viewing in transmitted and reflected light. The re-creation of the Megalethoscope slide was undertaken with Mark Osterman, Photographic Process Historian at the George Eastman Museum (GEM) in Rochester, NY with funding from FAIC Individual Professional Development Scholarship Award. There were no period instructions on making mounted Megalethoscope slides. As a result, this two-day tutorial was primary research into the construction of these unique objects. Mending techniques used on Japanese panel screens were learned from colleagues with in NEDCC's Asian art conservation department and adapted to stabilize tears in the paper supports and dust covers of the slides. Aesthetic reintegration was carried out in transmitted and reflected lighting conditions. The multi-faceted system, re-creating a slide, adapting new techniques and aesthetic work carried out in different lighting conditions provided the basis for the conservation treatment of these slides. This paper represents a significant contribution to an area of conservation that has very little existing literature. The recreation and conservation treatment of these slides provides a better understanding of these objects and, in turn, their future preservation and conservation.

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avatar for Monique C. Fischer, [Fellow]

Monique C. Fischer, [Fellow]

Senior Photograph Conservator, Northeast Document Conservation Center
Monique C. Fischer is the senior photograph conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, MA. She holds a master's degree in art conservation from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Smith College... Read More →


Tuesday May 30, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Michigan 1A-B Concourse Level, East Tower

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