Gallery Talk: Gawain Weaver "The Preservation of Archival Photographic Materials"

Friday, August 3, 2018

1:00 pm

Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) Map

Sponsored by:
Hoover Institution Archives

This talk focuses on the preservation of photographic materials, particularly as it pertains to archives of 20th century negative and print materials such as the black and white negatives that form the basis of the We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam exhibition. Gawain will discuss what these photographs are made from, how they deteriorate, how they are preserved at the collection level, as well as conservation treatments to save individual images. The role of digitization will also be discussed—both its extraordinary benefits and the limitations of the digital approach in preservation.

About the Speaker

Gawain Weaver is a photograph conservator and the owner of both Gawain Weaver Art Conservation and Two Cat Digital. The two companies complement one another, providing highly specialized photograph conservation and digitization services for a wide range of clients including museums, galleries, photography collectors, historical societies, and individuals.

Gawain received B.A. degrees in art history and chemistry from Sonoma State University, and an M.A. in art history and diploma in conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In 2007, he completed a two-year fellowship in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House and Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, NY, followed by a year as a researcher at the Image Permanence Institute. He is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and abides by the AIC Code of Ethics, and has served as the President of the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild since 2012.

This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition We Shot the War: Overseas Weekly in Vietnam, on display in the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) at Stanford University through December 8, 2018. For more information about the exhibition, please visit

Friday, August 3, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion (next to Hoover Tower) Map

Space is limited. RSVP required.


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