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PHOTOGRAPHS AND PAPER

CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION

Mirasol Estrada provides services to cultural institutions, archives, galleries and private collectors, based on international standards and museum-quality.

We conserve fine art, historic photographs and works on paper. Projects can be performed on-site and in a professional studio.

Services are offered for

Positive impresions
Salted paper prints
Albumen prints
Collodion prints
Gelatin silver prints
Chromogenic prints

Negatives
Glass negatives
Plastic support

Cased objects
Daguerreotypes
Ambrotypes
Tyntypes

BIO

MIRASOL ESTRADA is a photograph conservator and private consultant. She has worked in world-class institutions such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the George Eastman House. Over the years she’s gained considerable experience in the care and treatment of fine-art photography and in exhibition procedures.

In 2014, Mirasol was hired as Conservator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the assessment and treatment of photographic works by Irving Penn. Previously, as a Mellon Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, her research focused on László Moholy-Nagy’s photographs and the working practices of the New Bauhaus.

Mirasol was honored with a two year Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House and the Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, New York (2007-2009). While a Fellow, she developed a system to safely access the 35mm nitrate film rolls of the Mexican Suitcase, on which she has written several articles.

Previous to her fellowship Mirasol worked as Assistant Conservator in the Photography Collection of Fundación Televisa in Mexico City, working primarily on the establishment of their laboratory. She graduated with honors from the Escuela de Conservación y Restauración de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2006 with a focus on Photograph Conservation and a Diploma in Museum Studies. It was during that time when she gained a broad knowledge and understanding of the different materials and objects from the Prehispanic and Colonial periods of Mexico. Mirasol has given presentations in the United States, Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina. She has also contributed to the translation of the Photographic Information Record for the Photographic Materials Group and with the Journal of The American Institute for Conservation within the Book Reviews Section.

SERVICES

We offer the following services

Examination

  • In-depth condition examination of the object. Clients are provided with a written report including proper photo-documentation.

Conservation treatment

  • Performance of treatment procedures to improve the stability and appearance of the object.

Photographic processes identification

  • Processes identification of the 19 th , 20 th centuries and contemporary photographic processes. Proper identification has a direct impact in best practices for conservation and optimal preservation procedures.

Preventive measures

  • Stabilization of prints by managing and reducing deterioration factors by improving the mounting method, housing and storage conditions.

Collection surveys and environmental assesments

  • Evaluation of the condition of a collection based on the photographic processes vulnerabilities, storage, environmental conditions, and policies for use and handling.

Examination

  • In-depth condition examination of the object. Clients are provided with a written report including proper photo-documentation.

Conservation treatment

  • Performance of treatment procedures to improve the stability and appearance of the object.

Photographic processes identification

  • Processes identification of the 19 th , 20 th centuries and contemporary photographic processes. Proper identification has a direct impact in best practices for conservation and optimal preservation procedures.

Preventive measures

  • Stabilization of prints by managing and reducing deterioration factors by improving the mounting method, housing and storage conditions.

Collection surveys and environmental assesments

  • Evaluation of the condition of a collection based on the photographic processes vulnerabilities, storage, environmental conditions, and policies for use and handling.

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