2015 2and3d Photography, Rijksmuseum

The conference was organized by the Rijksmuseum, in co-operation with AHFAP, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Allard Pierson Museum, and The DEN Foundation and took place 15-16 April 2015.

Over 265 delegates from 22 countries filled the Rijksmuseum auditorium for two days and the Twitter reactions to the #2and3D program were very positive. The conference closed with a discussion on the Amsterdam Principles (see document below). The delegates present voted unanimously in favour of the principles, which means that we – the heritage photography community – took a major step forward regarding our communal future. Standardization will guarantee the quality of all aspects of our work.

The Amsterdam Principles (English – PDF 1mb)

With the likely closure of the conference website we are providing this page as a permanent record and home for the documents that arose from the conference.

AHFAP was able to organise a bursary to enable one AHFAP member to attend the conference, more of which can be found on our 2015 Bursary page.

About the conference
The conference offered a unique international opportunity for exchanging knowledge on existing practices and future developments and rounded off with a discussion on a proposal for the Amsterdam Principles. We, as hands-on users of digitisation technology, can use these principles to take the initiative to convey our desires and expectations regarding the new technologies that developers will be presenting in the coming years.

Program committee
Cecile van der Harten, Head Image Department, Rijksmuseum
Robert Gillesse, Senior consultant ICT and Cultural Heritage, The DEN Foundation
Wim Hupperetz, Director, Allard Pierson Museum
Tim Zaman, PhD Researcher on Photothermal Tomography, Technical University Delft
Carola van Wijk, Photographer, representing Rijksmuseum photography staff

Advisory board
Tony Harris, AHFAP Chair
Barbara Bridgers, General Manager for Imaging, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Scott Geffert, Senior Imaging Systems Manager, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Stanley Smith, Head of Collection Information and Access, J. Paul Getty Museum
James Stevenson, Director, Cultural Heritage Digitisation Ltd

Conference Documents
Instruction manual for photographing 2D objects
The Rijksmuseum’s collection comprises approximately 8.000 paintings and 750.000 works on paper. It is considered vitally important that the museum maintains high standards of quality in every respect and this manual concerns photography of two-dimensional objects; works of art on paper and paintings. Only those aspects that determine the measurable quality of a photograph are taken into consideration.

Handleiding voor fotografie van 2d objecten – V6.3 (Dutch – PDF 5mb)
Instruction manual for photographing 2D objects – V6.3 (English – PDF 5mb)

Conference Program Booklet
Conference Program Booklet (English – PDF 1.6mb)

Conference Papers
Lectures Wednesday April 15

1.00 Cecile van der Harten, Head Image Department, Rijksmuseum
Welcome and introduction
1.01 Jan de Bont, Cinematographer, Director, Producer, Collector
Keynote speech
1.02 Bianca du Mortier, Curator of Costume, Rijksmuseum
The importance of object-based photography or, How the Rijksmuseum photographers opened up a curator’s collection
1.03 Tim Zaman, PhD Researcher, TU Delft
The Future Photographer: Artist or Scientist?
1.04 Robert Erdmann, Senior Scientist, Rijksmuseum
A New View: Advanced Visualization for Art History and Art Conservation (to be added)
1.05 Günter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program Office, Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian x 2d: moving cost-efficient rapid digitization pipelines from prototype to production
1.06 Nick Poole, Chief Executive, Collections Trust
The digitisation machine – building photography into practice
1.07 Marianne Peereboom, Project Manager IT, Van Gogh Museum
Digital Asset Management for Everybody: Think Big and Act Small
1.08 Stephanie Schnörr, Coördinator Digital Collections, Naturalis
Digitizing a huge collection in a digital street
1.09 Barbara Bridgers, General Manager for Imaging and Scott Geffert, Senior Imaging Systems Manager, Metropolitan Museum
Looking back and forward (to be added)
1.10 Tony Harris, Digital Media & Photography Officer, Government Art Collection (GAC) and AHFAP Chair
The AHFAP story – building UK cultural heritage imaging knowledge nodes
1.11 Adam Lowe, Director, Factum Arte
De-materialising and Re-materialising – tone and form in harmony (to be added)

Lectures Thursday 16 April
2.01 Roy Berns, Professor, Center of Imaging Sciences
Scientific Imaging of Cultural Heritage: Minimizing visual editing and relighting
2.02 Scott Geffert, Senior Imaging Systems Manager, Metropolitan Museum
Accuracy and standardisation in sharpness and color (to be added)
2.04 Pedro Santos, Head of Competence Center Cultural Heritage Digitization, Fraunhofer IGD
CultLab3D – Automated 3D mass digitization of cultural heritage artefacts
2.05 Vincent Rossi, 3D Program Officer, Smithonian Institution
Smithsonian X 3D: The tale of a 168-year-old institution, laser-scanners, and 3D printers (to be added)
2.06 Bernard Frischer, Professor, Indiana University
3D Modeling of Monuments: Recent Work of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory
2.07 Sarah Saunders, Electric Lane
2D or 3D – stick the label to the image. How to create and use standards for embedded metadata
2.08 Alonzo Addison, Co-Chair, Digital Heritage Federation
Capture, Compute, Curate – the opportunities and challenges of digital heritage
2.09 Cecile van der Harten, Head Image Department, Rijksmuseum
Introduction, Amsterdam Principles
2.10 The Amsterdam Principles
The Amsterdam Principles

3 Daniel Pletinckx, Visual Dimension
Strategy for optimal documentation of museum objects
11 Carola van Wijk, Rijksmuseum
Sharing and consistency
14 Martin Jürgens, Rijksmuseum
A new perspective on imaging surfaces: the use of Micro Reflectance Transformation Imaging to examine surface topography

Martin Jürgens, Rijksmuseum
Handout A new perspective on imaging surfaces: the use of Micro Reflectance Transformation Imaging to examine surface topography

Cultural Heritage Imaging. Reflectance Transformation Imaging: culturalheritageimaging.org/Technologies/RTI/

RTI Viewer 1.1 download: http://culturalheritageimaging.org/What_We_Offer/Downloads/View/index.html

All documents on this page © Rijksmuseum photo studio or the respective authors of the papers.