Film and Paper Structure

The Photographic Chemistry series was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are critical for photograph conservators, but also of interest to photographers, artists, collectors, and other photography enthusiasts. This series of online self-study modules includes video lectures and quizzes on specific topics in the chemistry of photography. Each course contains about 5 – 15 units; each units includes a 3 -10 minute video lecture and a brief self-assessment quiz. Study at your own pace and repeat units as needed!

Scott Williams (Moderator)

Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Scott Williams is Professor of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Williams is one of an ever-smaller group of individuals with expertise in photographic chemistry. This profound knowledge, combined with his thoughtful and lively teaching style, make for an easy-to-follow presentation of this potentially complex topic. This course is a fount of information essential to understanding the silver-based analog photographic processes represented in so many private and public collections around the globe.

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Film and Paper Structures
Film and Paper Structures Video
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Film and Paper Structures Quiz
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Film Structures
Film Structures Video
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Film Structures Quiz
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Paper Structures
Paper Structures Video
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Paper Structures Quiz
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Paper Structures Video 2
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Paper Structures Quiz 2
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Tone
Tone Video
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Tone Quiz
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Contrast Grades
Contrast Grades Video
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Contrast Grades Quiz
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Contrast Grades Video 2
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Contrast Grades Quiz 2
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