Preventive conservation of daguerreotypes in Slovenia

Author: Ksenija Janković
Mentor: Tamara Trček Pečak, MA, Associate Professor
Co-mentor: Tina Buh, senior conservator, National Gallery of Slovenia

University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Slovenia)
Integrated study programme: Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art
Course: Conservation/restoration of paintings and polychrome plastic material A, 1st study year at second-cycle study course


JANKOVIC KsenijaPhotography presents an important part of our cultural heritage and that is why it is very important and crucial to find ways to maintain them. The theme of this presentation is to show the basic principles of preventive conservation of daguerreotypes to help protect and preserve them for future generations. As part of the diploma thesis Preventive conservation of daguerreotypes in Slovenia under the guidance of prof. Tamara Trček Pečak and senior conservator Tina Buh from the National Gallery of Slovenia, an inventory of all known daguerreotypes held in the Slovenian cultural institutions has been carried out. The purpose of an inventory of all the gathered data and performed statistical analysis of the results is to obtain and raise awareness about the state of the material, the environment in which it is stored and how we can prevent the process of decay. This presentation will also present the Slovenian and world history of daguerreotypes and outline the manufacturing process and the typical damages. It will also introduce conditions in terms of the storage and the factors that affect the lifetime of daguerreotypes.

Short biography

KSENIJA JANKOVIĆ  (Šempeter pri Gorici 1990) started the Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art study programme on the Academy of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Ljubljana in 2009. In 2012, she worked as a volunteer at the National Gallery of Slovenia in The Conservation Department, where she worked on the conservation of the works of art on paper and photography. In 2014, she was honoured with an award for achievement in graduation thesis by Academy of Fine Arts and Design.