Welcome to X Annual Conference “Photography. Image. Document” that will be held online by State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO at 27 November, 2020.

The Conference is a platform for constructive dialogue between specialists working in fields of preservation and comprehension of material cultural heritage and its introduction into the memory of culture. During the Conference the results of expert studies, which have been conducted by cultural historians and philosophers, culturologists, historical source criticism specialists, archivists, paleographers, art historians, criminalists and naturalists developing tools and methods of analyzing photographs and manuscripts, will be presented.

The conference proceedings will be published in the forthcoming volume of the “Photography. Image. Document” Journal. The Journal is peer-reviewed and published once a year. It is included in the system of NEL (RSCI).

The following issues to be discussed during the Conference:

  • photo document as an object of historical and aesthetic value;
  • dating and attribution of a historical photograph, technical and technological analysis and art research of a historical photography;
  • a historical photo document in the context of visual culture: the research methodology;
  • strategies of using cultural analysis of historical document;
  • requisitioners and experts: criteria and methods of evaluating historical photo documents;
  • particular features of storage and expertise of both digitized and born-digital documents and museum objects; the question of the authenticity of digital objects;
  • creating digital twins and their using for expert research of documents and museum objects; the equipment for scientific digitization;
  • interdisciplinary approach in research of cultural heritage: physical and chemical researches of modern historical documents and photographs;
  • photo- and optoelectronic methods in exercising process of documents and museum objects;
  • theory and methodology of expertise of historical documents, museum objects, works of art and archeological monuments;

The event will be held in online format

Contact email: fid2020@rosphoto.org


“Photography. Image. Document” Conference Program

9.45 — Joining the Conference, Testing the Conference connection


Part 1 Visual Culture and modern technologies

Session I 10.00–12.00 Presenter: Alexey Tikhonov

Alexey Tikhonov, State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO, St. Petersburg. “Digital Museum Object’s Fixity Problem during Data Migration”.


Slávka Tomaščiková, Faculty of Art of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, Košice, Slovakia. “Globalisation, localisation and heritage in postmillennial visual materials”.


Zhanna Nikolaeva, Institute of Philosophy of Saint Petersburg State University. “Documenting the Social Reality”.


Boris Маrkov, Institute of Philosophy of Saint Petersburg State University. “Museum and figurative lookalikes”.


Ekaterina Tolmacheva, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) of Russian Academy of Sciences. “Virtual Space and Museum Collections: the Experience in Providing Free Access to Photo Collection. Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of Russian Academy of Sciences”.


Nurlan Akhtamzyan, State Central Museum of Cinema, Moscow. “Prospects for the Use of Eye-tracking Based Interfaces for Managing Multimedia Content in a Museum”.


12.00–12.20 coffee break

Session II 12.20–14.00 Presenter: Ekaterina Nosova

Natalia Podgornaya, Natalia Volgushkina, Svetlana Dobrusina, National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg. “The Evaluation of the Results of Removing Foxings on Paper Documents by Different Methods”.


Angelina Kalashnikova, Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. “The Technique of Shooting Russian Acts of the 15th–17th Centuries in the Near Infrared Region”.


Amir Akhtamzyan, State Central Museum of Cinema, Moscow. “Opportunities, Prospects and Specificity of the Ultrastable Optical Memory Using for Storing Museum Databases and Digital Twins of Museum Items”.


Anastasia Povolotckaia, Center for Optical and laser materials research of Saint Petersburg State University; Sofia Rongonen, Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg branch); Valeriy Zagorskiy, International Association of Philatelic Experts (AIEP). “About One Possible Way to Research Museum and Archive Collections by Natural and Scientific Methods”.

14.00–14.20 coffee break


Part 2 photo document: preservation and interpretation

Session I 14.20–16.00 Presenter: Lyudmila Artamoshkina


Eva Dědečková, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava. “Photography and its cosmological depth against the grotesque „authenticity“”.


Oleg Neretin, Federal Institute of Industrial Property. “Intellectual property through the camera lens: 1941–1945. The Great Victory”.


Fedor Shcherbakov, Russian Christian Academy of the Humanities. “The Violence of Gaze in the Photography and the Ancient Painting”.


Anna Rezvukhina, Biography Research Centre “AITIA”. “Königsberg in Photos: a Phantom, an Illusion, or Another Reality?”


Aleksandra Chirkova, Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. “The Photographs of Interiors of the Museum of Paleography and the Institute of History of Books, Documents and Writings of the USSR Academy of Sciences” as the Source of Exhibiting History of the Western European Heritage from Likhachev’s Collection”.


16.00–16.20 coffee break

Session II 16.20–18.00 Presenter: Lyudmila Artamoshkina

Sofia Voinova, Historical Museum of the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”, Aleksandr Vernyi, Elena Zenkova, Natalia Selezneva, National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”. “The Visit of I. V. Kurchatov to Harwell Atomic Energy Research Establishment in England in Photo Documents”.


Darina Abdullina, State Russian Museum. “A Child in the Image or the Image of a Child: Russian Children’s Portrait in Painting and Photography of the Second Half of the XIX — Early XX centuries”.


Alena Rezvukhina, Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, Biography Research Centre “AITIA”, St. Petersburg. “Capturing and Forming the Visual Images of Various Professions Representatives by Using Expressive Tools of Photography (The Research Is Based on the Example of Medical Professions and Scientists Images from the Russian Photo Archives Materials of the 1900s–1970s)”.


Olga Beller, Institute of Philosophy of Saint Petersburg State University. “The Crises of Identity and Ways of Their Overcoming; the Experience of the Biographical Research Using a Family Photo Collection”.


Denis Pyzikov, Institute of Philosophy of Saint Petersburg State University, State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO, St. Petersburg. “A Photograph as an Instrument of Atheistic Propaganda in the USSR”.


General discussion


General Rules of the Conference:

Speaking time — 15 min, discussion — 5 min