Tram Vo received a Master’s of Science and Certificate in Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) in 2001 and went on to become a conservator in private practice and consultant to a number of art museums and universities across the United States.Vo is currently a Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles where she manages and instructs in workshops internationally including the course Fundamentals of the Conservation of Photographs designed to advance the field of photograph conservation in central, southern, and eastern Europe and the newly launched series of annual two-week workshops in Advanced-Level Photograph Conservation in the same region.Vo regularly lectures on issues related to the conservation of museum collections.
Klaus Pollmeier graduated from Cologne University of Applied Sciences as photographic engineer in 1983.He then worked for ten years as head of the Photographic Services Department of Museum Folkwang, Essen.Since the mid-1980s, he is involved in photograph conservation and the history and practice of photographic processes, and began to research, publish and to give seminars. In 1994 he was hired as photography teacher at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, School of Design in Dessau, Germany.From 1999 to 2001, Pollmeier was among the first to take part in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House, Rochester, U.S.A.Four years later he created the concept for a new graduate program “Conservation of New Media und Digital Information” at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, and worked as program coordinator until 2010.Today, he is back to his job at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, teaching photography, and working as a freelance photo conservator.He wa also co-editor of „Rundbrief Fotografie“, a quarterly journal about analogue and digital photography in archives, museums and collections.He lives in Muelheim-Ruhr in the north-west of Germany.
Bertrand Lavédrine is a professor at the National museum of natural history, in Paris (France), and director of the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation (CRC). CRC is a national research center carrying out researches for the preservation of museum collections and funded by the Ministry of Culture, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique and the National museum of natural history.He was head of the conservation training program at the Sorbonne for 4 years.Lavédrine has written many papers and six books on the preservation of photographs in French, English or Spanish. He has received many awards including the European prize for innovation, the Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Awards and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.He is a member of the board of non-profit organizations and has been the coordinator of the photographic group and the treasurer of the conservation committee of the international council of museums (ICOM-CC).Lavédrine was the coordinator of the European Commission funded project POPART: a research project for the preservation of plastic artifacts in museum collections, gathering 13 partners from 8 countries.
Nora Kennedy is the Sherman Fairchild Conservator of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City where she established a lab devoted to the conservation of photographs. During her tenure at the Met she has worked on over ninety photography exhibitions and continues to expand the Museum’s initiatives in education and research.
Kennedy also serves on the adjunct faculty of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center.
Kennedy received her BFA from York University in Toronto, and her Master of Science degree in conservation from the University of Delaware / Winterthur Museum art conservation program in 1986.
In 2003 the University awarded her a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement and in 2006 she was awarded the American Institute for Conservation’s Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award recognizing a sustained record of excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals.
She is the 2011 recipient of the HP Image Permanence Award for her work with the Mellon Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation, the development of the Digital Sample Sets, as well as her contributions to the establishment of the Photograph Information Record.
Debra Hess Norris is Chair of the Art Conservation Department, Director of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and Professor of Photograph Conservation at the University of Delaware. Since 1985, Norris has authored more than 45 publications on care and treatment of photographic materials, emergency response, ethics, and conservation education; and taught more than135 workshops and seminars for conservators and allied professionals globally– across North America and Europe and in the Middle East, in South America, Asia and Africa.
As chair, Norris has raised more than $19 million dollars to support preservation initiatives worldwide. She has co-led the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) with the Arab Image Foundation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty Conservation Institute. Norris helped to develop and implement the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq; where more than 200 Iraqi heritage professionals have been trained in basic preservation techniques.
Norris co-edited with Jennifer Jae Gutierrez – Issues in the Conservation of Photographs – published by the Getty Conservation Institute in 2010.
She was the chair of Heritage Preservation (2003- 2008) and president of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) (1993-97). She has served as president of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts Board (CCAHA), US commissioner to UNESCO, and project director of The Andrew W. Mellon Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation.
In 2002, Norris was inducted into the University of Delaware’s Alumni Wall of Fame. Norris received the Rutherford John Gettens Merit Award for outstanding service to the AIC (1998), the Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award for excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals (2004), and the AIC University Products Award for distinguished achievement in the conservation of cultural property (2008) and the College Art Association/ AIC Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation (2016).