The Photograph Conservation Department, which is part of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photographic Conservation, provides preservation, conservation, and research into the history, aesthetics, and technology of images dating from the early history of the medium until the present day.
Established in 2001 as an independent area of expertise, Photograph Conservation works in close collaboration with the Department of Photographs, the Scientific Research Department, the Photograph Studio, and other allied professionals. In addition to office and treatment areas, the state-of-the-art lab includes a seminar room for classes and meetings, a darkroom equipped to re-create the full range of historic processes, a technical library, and growing study collections.
Photograph Conservation is active in education, providing lectures for specialized groups, students, and the general public. Students from a number of graduate conservation programs—such as New York University's Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center—complete internships and fellowships in the lab, benefiting from the professional expertise and active schedule of this vital part of the Museum.