Learn How to Preserve Those Family Photos at December 6 Program

For Immediate Release

November 18, 2003

With the holidays approaching, many families will take photographs they wish to preserve for years to come. What is the best way to care for these precious photographs and the treasured old photo albums passed down from generation to generation? On Saturday, December 6, at 2 p.m., the Clark Art Institute will present the lecture and demonstration "Making the Past Last: Preserving Family Photos." Leslie Hill Paisley, paper conservator at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, will share tips, tools, and techniques for the storage, display, and handling of photographs, negatives, film, and scrapbooks. Admission is free.

The program is offered in connection with the current exhibition, Édouard Baldus: Landscape and Leisure in Early French Photography. The exhibition explores Baldus's Château de La Faloise series, featuring the family and friends of château owner Frédéric Bourgeois de Mercey. The nine photographs, most of which exist in only one print, are reunited for the first time in the exhibition, which unveils the mystery behind these photographs and explores them in the context of the golden age of French photography in the 1850s. The exhibition comprises 50 19th-century photographs by Baldus and his contemporaries, including Gustave Le Gray, Charles Nègre, Charles Marville, and Camille Silvy. Édouard Baldus is on view at the Clark through December 28.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day). Gallery admission is free through June 26. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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