I’ve always been fascinated with the conservation process and how delicate and complex it is. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy this video from The Museum of Modern Art. In this video, conservator of photographs Lee Ann Daffner will guide you through a process of conserving one of the oldest objects in NoMA’s collection: an almost 200-year-old daguerreotype.
Back about two hundred years ago, the development of chemical photography brought forth the first camera. For the next one-hundred and fifty years, most photographers didn’t have an easy time at all with preserving the shots they took. Today, so little is left preserved from that time. Most photographs from the past are in a state of preservation today.
By announcing that their entire photography collection is now digitized and online for any person in the world to view, the board of the American Museum of Natural History are ensuring now that those preservations are never forgotten.