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Tuesday, May 17 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
(Photographic Materials) Research into An Alternative Method for Mounting Photographs onto Aluminium Supports

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Adhering photographs overall to a rigid secondary support has been a common method for mounting contemporary photographs since the 1980’s and 90’s. Often resin coated photographs and sometimes fiber-based photographs are mounted onto aluminium, aluminium laminate boards such as Dibond®, or plastic supports that are manufactured with a pressure sensitive adhesive film covering one side of the panel. This type of mounting gives the photograph a flat, even surface gloss throughout the image that is deemed aesthetically pleasing by many photographers and artists. This effect is not easily replicated with more traditional methods of mounting using hinges, or strip-linings along the edges of the photograph and folding these over a rigid secondary support. The use of pressure sensitive adhesive films for mounting photographs is not necessarily looked upon by conservators as “preservation friendly’. The mounting is difficult to reverse and films will oxidize with age. This paper discusses testing performed using electrostatic charge as an alternative mounting method to replicate the look of a photograph mounted overall to a rigid secondary support using pressure sensitive adhesive film. Testing methods will be described, achievements and impediments will be discussed and future possibilities using electrostatic charging will be considered.

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Clara von Waldthausen

Lecture in Photograph Conservation, University of Amsterdam Programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage
Clara von Waldthausen received a MA in Photograph Conservation from the University of Amsterdam and has been in private practice since 2000. She has presented and published on a number of divers topics including the identification of coatings on 19th C paper photographs, treatment... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 516 CD