Current recipient of the AXA ART Research Grant is the Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (CRCC) in Paris to examine preventive measures to protect fine art photographyand introduce an improved device to monitor the impact of light on sensitive art objects, including photographs, prints, drawings, and watercolors.
As a result of this collaboration, a new generation of dosimeters conceived by the CRCC will be introduced into the market and distributed by an archival supply retailer. Dosimeters are designed to estimate the amount of light on photographs while on display and to indicate overexposure. AXA Art will make the device available to its clients and partners.
Connoisseurs of fine art photography appreciate not only its beauty but also its importance in providing a visual record of geopolitical events and trends, capturing intimate family portraits, and documenting the history of our time. The goal of the AXA Art/CRCC collaboration is to make collectors more knowledgeable about photography’s fragile nature and to help explore solutions to address its unique preservation issues.
AXA Art together with the CRCC will make available the results of the research findings to support for collectors seeking to safeguard their photographic collections, information on preventive maintenance techniques will be produced and disseminated to private collectors and institutions through a series of newsletters, lectures and exhibitions.