A Digital Transition: Two Cat Digital and Gawain Weaver Art Conservation

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The evolution from scanner and 35mm dSLR to a Phase One IQ3 100MP medium format instant capture system at Two Cat Digital / Gawain Weaver Art Conservation is described, including quality, speed, and cost advantages in the digital capture of reflective and transmissive photographic materials.

Author Biography

Gawain Weaver, Gawain Weaver Art Conservation

Gawain Weaver is photograph conservator and President at San Anselmo, CA-based Gawain Weaver Art Conservation and Two Cat Digital. He is a co-author of the AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation (2011). He received B.A. degrees in art history and chemistry (2001) from Sonoma State University, and an M.A. in art history and diploma in conservation (2005) from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Over the course of his academic career, he interned at the Getty Museum, as well as in the photograph conservation departments of the Amon Carter Museum, Library and Archives Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Northeast Document Conservation Center.

In 2007, he completed a two-year fellowship in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House and Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, NY, followed by a year as a researcher at the Image Permanence Institute. In 2008, he returned home to Northern California where he lives today, working as a photograph conservator, teacher, and consultant. In addition to teaching photograph preservation workshops each year across the United States and internationally, Gawain teaches photograph preservation in the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.