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Curso de Especialização Pós-graduada em Conservação de Fotografia (Evening Classes)

The Postgraduate Program in Photography Preservation has both a theoretical and practical side, with a strong empirical and experimental component. It addresses, in a generic way, the main issues and problems of photography preservation and puts forward answers and solutions used in this area.

Photographic images have been universally accepted since the mid-nineteenth century as one of the main documentary sources of history. The preservation of photographs is the preservation of a fundamental part of humankind’s collective memory.

This postgraduate program aims to meet the needs of those who come across photography collections in their everyday life, whether through their professional life or through personal taste or vocation. It intends to contribute to a better understanding of the photographic object, its insertion in the historical context, to substantiate the knowledge on the constituent materials, their fragilities and deficiencies and on the appropriate and often used preservation techniques.

Over two semesters students will acquire skills that will allow them to take a practical and experimental approach to the various aspects of photography preservation, without neglecting the inherent fundamentals and theoretical understanding, while enabling contact with the world of photography preservation, with specialists and with the Portuguese institutions that develop a modeling practice in this area.


1º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Photo Printing Practice 1 1st Semester 5.0
Photography Conservation 1 1st Semester 10.0
History of Techniques and Processes 1st Semester 5.0
Identification of Photographic Processes 1st Semester 10.0
Photo Printing Practice 2 2nd Semester 5.0
Physical and Digital Archive Methodologies 2nd Semester 5.0
Photography Conservation 2 2nd Semester 5.0
Project on Conservation of Photo Archives 2nd Semester 15.0
  • > Institutions owning photography collections;
  • > Libraries, museums and archives;
  • > Large commercial companies;
  • > Cultural institutions, companies with historical heritage;
  • > Working for collectors, family collections;
  • > Scientific companies that have photography collections;
  • > As technical supervisors of photo preservation and restoration projects, in database description projects for photographic images and also in scanning projects of photography collections;
  • > Training and following-up the intervention work in photography collections carried out by task teams.