Free eBook: Lingua Franca: A Common Language for Conservators of Photographic Materials

Lingua Franca: A Common Language for Conservators of Photographic MaterialsAn eBook for conservation professionals of photographic materials is available, it’s called “Lingua Franca: A Common Language for Conservators of Photographic Materials”.


Library and Archives Canada (LAC), in collaboration with the Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies de la Ville de Paris, is pleased to pilot its first enhanced e-book, “Lingua Franca: A Common Language for Conservators of Photographic Materials”.

Lingua Franca: a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different.”

It contains bilingual definitions of photographic processes, condition issues, treatment options, preventative care and technical studies. It also provides commonly used terms briefly defined and illustrated with photographs, videos and interactive features such as links to collection items, podcasts, videos, blogs and Flickr albums.

Lingua Franca info

Conservation professionals, teachers, students, and anyone interested in the field of photography can access it for free on iTunes or in HTML version on Library and Archives Canada’s website.

This English-French visual glossary of photo conservation terms contributes to LAC’s continued efforts to be at the leading edge of archival and library science and new technologies.

See also a number of podcast episodes about the history of photography and our enormous collection of photos at Library and Archives Canada.

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