MEPPI: The Environment, Exhibition and Storage of Photographs 9-20 November 2015, Beirut
16 participants from the MEPPI alumni cohort attended the Environment, Exhibition and Storage of Photographs workshop, an advanced workshop part of MEPPI Phase II workshops.
The Environment, Exhibition and Storage of Photographs workshop was a two-week workshop which took place at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut 9-20 November 2015.
MEPPI Phase II workshops which include series two Environment, Exhibition and Storage of Photographs, and three Digitization of Photographs workshops are offered between the second half of 2015 and through 2016. Both workshops will build upon the foundation of information and skills acquired by participants during their first MEPPI course, letting them expand their knowledge in topics fundamental to the preservation of their institutions’ photograph collections.
The Environment, Exhibition and Storage of Photographs provides additional training and experience in preventive conservation, with a particular emphasis on the storage and exhibition of photographs. Topics covered are environmental impacts on photographs; condition assessments; environmental monitoring and control options; selecting and creating enclosures; cold storage; planning a small storage facility, preservation concerns of exhibition; concerns of exhibition, packing and shipping, lighting; mold management.
Workshop teaching involved lectures, case studies, practical exercises, discussions and visits to photograph collections.
The sessions were lead by instructors Nora Kennedy, Bertrand Lavédrine, and Tram Vo.
The workshop also included a public lecture on the role of photography in oral history, which took place 17 November, 6:30 pm at the Issam Fares Institute Auditorium, AUB.
The event included a discussion and screenings on the role of photography in oral historywith case studies on AUB’s Neighborhood Initiative’s Ras Beirut Project by Maria Abunnasr, and the Palestinian Oral History Archive presented by Hana Sleiman. The event included a screening of “Jours Tranquilles en Palestine” (1998), directed by AIF co-founder Fouad Elkoury and Sylvain Roumette.