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Staff List

A woman with long dark hair wearing a black shirt against a black backdrop Mollie Anderson, Assistant for Administration, is the department's first administrator. She joined the Museum in October 2015 and is involved in a variety of initiatives, including cataloguing the Photograph Conservation Study Collection, preparing the department's quarterly Bulletin, and managing the department's Instagram account, @metphotoconservation. Prior to joining The Met, she worked in administrative roles at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts and the Free Library of Philadelphia. She received her BA with honors in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.
Lisa Barro Lisa Barro, Associate Conservator of Photographs, has been working at the Metropolitan Museum part-time since 2007. She received her AB in fine arts in 1997 from Harvard College, as well as an MA in art history and an advanced certificate in conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 2002. Currently, Barro is the conservator responsible for overseeing all photograph loans. Barro's research interests include Paul Strand's Satista photographs, Gustave Le Gray's salted-paper prints, gum dichromate prints, and commercial platinum paper characterization.

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Nora Kennedy Nora Kennedy, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, joined the Museum in 1990. In 2001, she established a lab devoted to the conservation of photographs, which became an independent Museum department in 2015. During her tenure at the Met, she has worked on over one hundred photography exhibitions and continues to expand the Museum's initiatives in education, research, and public outreach. Kennedy serves on the adjunct faculty of the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and lectures and teaches internationally. Kennedy received her BFA from York University, Toronto, and her MS degree in conservation from the University of Delaware's art conservation program.

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  • Kennedy, Nora W., and Silvia Centeno. "Research and Practice: Using Scientific Investigation to Inform Daguerreotype Care." The Daguerreian Society Quarterly 26, no. 2 (April–June 2014): 8–10.
  • Norris, D.H., N.W. Kennedy, and B. Lavédrine. "Photograph Conservation Globally: Educational Needs, Milestones, and Challenges." In ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference Preprints, Melbourne, 15–19 September 2014, edited by J. Bridgland, art. 1405, 9 (2014). Paris: International Council of Museums.
  • Vila, Anna, Silvia A. Centeno, Nora W. Kennedy. "A Closer Look at Pictorialist Photographs by René Le Bègue and Robert Demachy." In Metropolitan Museum Studies in Art, Science, and Technology 2 (2014): 167–72. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
Katie Sanderson Katie Sanderson, Associate Conservator of Photographs, joined the Museum in 2010 as the research scholar in Photograph Conservation, and joined the permanent staff two years later. She earned her MA at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where she is currently a member of the adjunct faculty. Her current research involves measuring color change in photographs over time using a spectrophotometer and micro-fade tester. The main goal of this work is to develop a better understanding of the effects of exhibition and climate conditions on the Department of Photographs' collection.

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Georgia Southworth Georgia Southworth, Associate Conservator for books, joined the department in 2007. Southworth received her graduate conservation training at Camberwell College of Arts at the London Institute, and has taught for the NYU Summer Institute in Technical Art History and the Buffalo State College Art Conservation Program. The study of historic book structures and her work with numerous cultural institutions inform her research. At present, this includes conducting an item-level survey of the bound volumes held in the Department of Photographs to further understand their structural details and to better address their conservation and preservation needs.

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  • Southworth, Georgia, and Francisco Trujillo. "The Coptic Bindings Collection at the Morgan Library & Museum: History, Conservation, and Access." The Book and Paper Group Annual 35 (2016): 89–95.
  • McCann, Laura, Georgia Southworth, and Melitte Buchman. "Afghanistan Digital Library: Conservation Challenges." The Book and Paper Group Annual 29 (2010): 61–67.