Phase Two // Abu Dhabi 2012 – Istanbul 2013

The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative’s (MEPPI) second course opened on the 11th of November 2012, gathering 16 participants from Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, Turkey, Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Iran and the UAE. The course began with an 8-day workshop, generously hosted by New York University, Abu Dhabi…

Phase One // Pilot Project – Beirut 2009

The first edition of MEPPI took place in Beirut in January 2009. Institutions from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria participated in nine days of workshops animated by Nora Kennedy (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Debra Hess-Norris (University of Delaware). The schedule for this pilot workshop…


The production of new written material and the translation of existing texts into Arabic is part of a broader aim to disseminate knowledge about photography preservation in particular and cultural heritage in general throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. This is being carried…

Participating Institutions

Since 2009 MEPPI has held three photograph preservation courses aimed at training collection personnel in the region. To date MEPPI has trained more than 60 professionals representing institutional and private collections in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia,…


Caring for Digital Material. Digital Preservation. Planning Digital Projects. Personal Archives. Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access.

Film Base Negatives

Preserving Film Collections for the Future. Identification of Film Base Photographic Material. Caring for Cellulose Nitrate Film. Duplication of Historical Negatives.

General Guidelines

Care and Conservation of Photographic Material. Handling of Photographs. Answers on Conservation. Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments.