Martin Jürgens

Martin Jürgens is Conservator of Photographs

Curriculum vitae and work

juergens Martin Jürgens is conservator of photographs at the Rijksmuseum. Prior to coming to the Netherlands, he worked as a conservator in private practice in Hamburg, Germany, for nine years. He studied photography and design in Germany in the 1990s, then participated in the Certificate Program in Photographic Preservation at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Master of Science and from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, with a Master of Art Conservation. His areas of research and publishing, and his teaching worldwide have covered historic and contemporary photography and digital printing. Following a scholarship at the Getty Museum in 2006, the Getty Conservation Institute published his book The Digital Print. Identification and Preservation in 2009.

Professional memberships

  • American Institute for Conservation (Professional Associate)
  • Restauratoren Nederland
  • International Council of Museums - Conservation Committee
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie

Publications (selection)

  • (with Debra Hess Norris, Nora Kennedy, Betrand Lavedrine, and Paul Messier) “From Russia to Laos – Building Global Partnerships to Preserve Photographic Heritage”, GCI Newsletter 27(1), 2012, p. 4-10
  • (with Sylvie Pénichon and Alison Murray) Práticas de montagem de fotografias contemporâneas. Cadernos Técnicos de Conservação Fotográfica 7. Rio de Janeiro: Fundação Nacional de Artes (Funarte), 2012
  • (with Herman Maes and Hadassa Koning) “Verpakken van fotografische materialen”, Fotografisch geheugen 70, 2011, p. 13-25
  • “Digitale afdrukken – Wat is een fotoafdruk (en wat niet)?”, RN M@gazine 3, 2011, p. 14-20
  • “Preserving Digital Prints in Archives and Image Collections”, _Preservation and Management of Photographic Archive_s (postprints on CD-ROM of the conference at Benaki Museum, Athens, October 3-7, 2005), 2010
  • (with Norbert Schempp) “Freeze-Drying Wet Digital Prints: An Option for Salvage?”, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 231 (1), 2010
  • "Conservation and Digitization at the Buddhist Archive of Photography in Luang Prabang, Laos", Topics in Photographic Preservation 13, 2009, p. 21-36
  • (with Gordon Baldwin) Looking at Photographs: A Guide to Technical Terms. revised ed. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2009
  • “Die Pseudo-Solarisation als Gestaltungstechnik / Pseudo-Solarisation as a Creative Technique”, in Lillian Bassman & Paul Himmel: Die Erste Retrospektive / The First Retrospective, Haus der Photographie – Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Kehrer Verlag, 2009, p. 275-90
  • The Digital Print: Identification and Preservation. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2009
  • The Digital Print: A Complete Guide to Processes, Identification and Preservation. London: Thames & Hudson, 2009
  • “Còpies digitals i impreses: Què és (i què no és) una impressió fotogràfica avui en dia?” in Imatge i Recerca: Ponències, esperiències i comunicacions (conference proceedings of Imatge i Recerca, November 11-14. 2008), Girona, 2008, p. 29-42
  • “The History and Conservation of Digital Prints. Research in Progress”, The Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter 22(3), 2007, p. 4-9
  • (with Franziska Frey) “Six Years of Education in the Conservation of Digital Prints”, in Preprints. IS&T’s NIP23. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, Anchorage, AK. The Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2007, p. 364-67
  • “Handling Contemporary Photographs – Challenges and Comforts”, in Fourth European Registrars’ Conference (Wolfsburg, November 15 and 16, 2004), 2006, p. 129-35
  • (with Sylvie Pénichon ) "Plastic Lamination and Face Mounting of Contemporary Photographs", in Coatings on Photographs: Materials, Techniques, and Conservation. Washington, DC: Photographic Materials Group of the American Institute for Conservation, 2005, p. 218-35
  • “ICOM-CC und PMG-AIC Photo Meetings”, Rundbrief Fotografie 12 (3), 2005, p. 39-42
  • “Acrylglaskaschierungen von Fotografien – Haltbarkeit und Pflege”, in Beiträge zur Erhaltung von Kunst- und Kulturgut 2. Bonn: Verband der Restauratoren, 2004, p. 90-93
  • “Preservação de cópias digitais em arquivos e coleções de imagens”, in Cadernos técnicos de conservação fotográfica 5. Rio de Janeiro: Fundação Nacional de Arte (funarte), 2004, p. 3-15
  • "Die Restaurierung des Negativkonvoluts im Museum Hameln", in Wir lebten in Hameln. Poträtfotografie um 1940, exhibition catalogue, Hamlin Museum, 2003, p. 10-15
  • (with Sylvie Pénichon and Alison Murray) "Light and Dark Stability of Laminated and Face-Mounted Photographs: a Preliminary Investigation", in Conference Proceedings, Works of Art on Paper - Books, Documents and Photographs, Techniques and Conservation. Baltimore, MD: International Institute for Conservation, 2002, p. 154-59
  • (with Sylvie Pénichon) "Two Finishing Techniques for Contemporary Photographs", in Topics in Photographic Preservation 9, 2001, p. 85-96
  • (with Sebastian Dobrusskin, Wolfgang Hesse, Klaus Pollmeier, and Marjen Schmidt) F_austregeln für die Fotoarchivierung_, Rundbrief Fotografie Sonderheft 1, 4th ed., 2001
  • "Identifizierung von Digitaldrucken", Papierrestaurierung 2 (4), 2001, p. 2-7
  • "Toward a methodology for the identification of digital print formats", in Postprints: preservation and conservation issues related to digital printing. London: Institute of Physics, 2001, p. 60-65
  • Preservation of Ink Jet Hardcopies, website of the European Commission on Preservation and Access (, 1999
  • "Talbot's photogenic drawings recreated", Collodion Journal 4 (14), 1998, p. 1-5, 16
  • "Das Museo Histórico National in Santiago de Chile", Rundbrief Fotografie 1 (3), 1994, p. 23-24