Illumination of Material Culture: A Symposium on Computational Photography and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) at The Met
Two-Day Symposium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 7-8, 2017
March 7-8, 2017 — Register now!
Cultural Heritage Imaging has partnered with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to present this two-day symposium with a focus on use cases and recently developed tools and research in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and related techniques in computational photography. The symposium will bring together approximately 90 conservators and humanities collections professionals, photographers, curators, archivists, imaging experts, researchers, and technology experts to present the latest updates to RTI technology and related techniques and their applications. Speakers and panelists will discuss current uses and future development of RTI and related tools and methods for the user community.
The Symposium at a Glance
This two-day event at The Metropolitan Museum of Art focuses on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and related techniques in computational photography, and it will be open to all professionals who have come to depend on these imaging technologies and for others in the humanities who are exploring their adoption.
|Illumination of Material Culture: A Symposium on Computational Photography
and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
|Location||The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
(enter through the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education entrance located at street level on Fifth Avenue and 81st Street)
|Dates||March 7–8, 2017, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day|
|Registration||Registration is open.
For anyone working with or considering adopting RTI and related imaging techniques for collections.
Registration fee is $75 per person. (Registration fee refunds are available until January 30.)
|Presentations||Invited talks by leading researchers and museum practitioners, including Szymon Rusinkiewicz of Princeton University; Graeme Earl of Southampton University, UK; Roberto Scopigno of the Visual Computing Lab, National Research Council of Italy; Scott Geffert of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Holly Rushmeier of Yale University; E. Keats Webb of the Smithsonian Institution; Mark Mudge and Carla Schroer of Cultural Heritage Imaging.|
|Lightning Talks||5-minute presentations: as of January 12, symposium participants may use our web sign-up form to submit a proposed 5-minute talk for the Symposium. Talk slots are granted on a first come first served basis once you meet the basic requirements described in this brief PDF document: Call for Lightning Talks.|
|Panels||Two panel discussions moderated by Paul Messier of Yale University and Graeme Earl of Southampton University, UK. Panelists include researchers and practitioners, and there will be plenty of time for audience participation.|
More About the Symposium
The symposium is part of the Preservation and Access Education and Training grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), beginning January 1, 2016.
As The Met indicates in its letter of commitment to CHI, the symposium will serve and bolster the community of professionals and pre-professionals who have come to depend on RTI and other computational photography techniques. This is a first-ever event; the content and schedule are being developed jointly between the CHI team and staff from The Met’s The Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation. The education and imaging departments at The Met are also supporting this event.
The symposium will enable attendees to share examples of the application of RTI and related imaging techniques to their work through lightning-talk sessions. It will also serve as a venue for the rollout of new software tools to the RTI and computational photography user community. With presentations by invited speakers and focused panel discussions, the symposium will enable professional practitioners of RTI and related techniques to gain valuable insights and experience that they will be able to apply at their home institutions, and to influence the practice more widely in their respective fields.
RTI enables conservators to examine a subject’s very fine surface features by taking a sequence of digital photographs from the same viewpoint but illuminated from different directions, using basic digital camera equipment. Because of its low-cost, easy-to-use, flexible nature and multiple applications, RTI is a “game changer” in the field of humanities and cultural heritage empirical data collection.
RTI is recognized today as an extremely valuable addition to the working toolset of conservators and others who are responsible for documentation, preservation, and conservation of humanities collections. RTI is revolutionizing the research, documentation, change monitoring, and treatment of collections, while also promoting the integration of interactive images into the visitor experience, both in person and on the web. RTI has already been deployed and adopted by leading museums, libraries, archives and archaeological collections in the US and around the world.
Please note: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.