RIT Hosts Conference on Digital Image Capture of Artwork

Rochester Institute of Technology will host a conference exploring the use of digital photography to reproduce and document paintings and other artwork in museum collections across the country.

The conference, American Museums Digital Imaging Survey Benchmarking, will be held at RIT on Sept. 21 and 22. The event is part of the Direct Digital Image Capture of Cultural Heritage project sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and conducted by RIT professors Roy Berns, Hunter Professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, and Franziska Frey, assistant professor in the School of Print Media.

Berns and Frey will present the findings of their yearlong study based on surveys and in-depth case studies of American museum practices used in artwork reproduction. In addition, a selection of invited speakers will cover topics of vital interest to institutional photography departments that have switched to direct digital capture or those that are considering it.

New test methods were developed and evaluated for the project using the digital photographic systems at RIT's Munsell Color Science Laboratory (MCSL). Tours of MCSL and the George Eastman House will be part of the event.

Registration is $150 for the two-day event or $200 to attend the conference and an additional day at the Image Permanence Institute at RIT, where discussions will focus on storage environments for archival media. For more information, or to download a registration form, visit http://www.cis.rit.edu/museumSurvey/conference.


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