In 2009, the Getty Conservation Institute created MEPPI, an acronym for the Middle East Photographs Preservation Initiative. This program aimed to bring together, protect and promote photographic works from the Middle East and North Africa. For eight years now, MEPPI has collaborated with nearly 52 institutions in 16 different countries, training participants in the conservation of photographic collections. This fund has identified and preserved more than 300 photographs, but also linked a network of actors in the field of photography in the Middle East.
Once identified, collections of the various museums were cataloged and maintained with the support of the MEPPI. black and white films from the mid-century, albumen prints, glass-plate negatives, contact sheets are part of the supports maintained by the agency. MEPPI partly owes its good health to the donations of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Held during two days, from May 3rd to May 4th, the symposium will be hosted by the Sursock Museum in Beirut, Lebanon.
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