Connecting the World Through Photography

  • Posted: Jul 26, 2017

Photographs connect the world. They tell stories in many languages when the spoken and written word is absent. Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting a public discussion on the preservation of photographs, on 2 August at 13h00 at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The discussion will be led by international preservation expert, Professor Debra Norris.

The discussion is titled, ‘I’ve just seen a face: The preservation of photographic collections’. It will focus on the basic structures of popular 19th and 20th century photographic processes, and provide practical guidance on the long-term preservation of photographs. Tips on emergency responses, recovery, proper storage and handling of photographs will also be offered.

Prof. Debra Norris is the Chair of the Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware. She has authored a number of publications on the care and treatment of photographic materials, emergency responses, ethics, and conservation education.

This is a unique opportunity to hear Prof Norris, who is currently at Iziko to present a specialist conservation workshop to curatorial and collections staff, and students of curatorship.

Iziko Museums of South Africa recognises the importance of conservation and preservation, and the  important role it plays in documenting and preserving history.  

Bookings are essential and members of the public wishing to attend the discussion should email Nomapatho Mesele at



Issued by: Kim Lindeboom, Communications Coordinator

Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3874
Cellphone: 083 356 6043                  

On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa


Notes to editor:

About Professor Debra Norris

Professor Debra Norris is a leading expert in her field and has authored more than 45 publications on the care and treatment of photographic materials, emergency responses, ethics, and conservation education. She has co-led the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative with the Arab Image Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty Conservation Institute. With colleagues, she launched a similar photograph preservation training initiative in Benin.

She also helped to develop and implement the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage, and has contributed to the development of an online workshop in Colombia for participants across Latin America.

Professor Norris serves on many boards and committees and has received many awards, including, in 2016, the College Art Association/ American Institute of Conservation IC Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation.

About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium). Visit our webpage at, join our online community on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

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