Dear colleagues,

The State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO invites you to participate in the 10th annual conference “Expert Examination and Photography,” dedicated to expert research and technical and technological analysis of historical documents and photographs. The conference will take place on 27 November 2020.

The topics for the conference include:

  • photographic documents as historical and aesthetical objects: problems of authenticity of photographic documents; identifying and dating historical photographs; art historical and technical and technological research of  historical photography;
  • historical photographic document in the context of visual culture: research methodology;
  • strategies for using cultural-studies analysis of historical documents;
  • commissioners and experts: criteria and methods of the evaluation of historical photographic documents;
  • preservation and expert examination of digitized and digital documents and museum artifacts; problems of authenticity of digital objects;
  • creating digital counterparts and using them for expert examination of documents and museum objects; equipment for digitization of artifacts for research purposes;
  • interdisciplinary approach in heritage studies: physical and chemical examination of modern and historical documents and their parts; photographic and optical-electronic methods in document and museum object examination, equipment for expert examination of documents and museum objects;
  • general methodology of expert research; theory and methodology of historical document examination and examination of museum objects, artworks, and archeological artifacts; problems of interconnectedness of historical document expert examination and forensic examination.

Applications are accepted before 1 October 2020 at:

The application must include: applicant’s personal information (name, position, degree, name of applicant’s institution, contact info); paper title and abstract (up to 300 words).

Working languages of the conference are English and Russian.

If the epidemic remains in place the conference will be moved online.

The conference proceedings (Photography. Image. Document) will be published in a volume to be indexed in RSCI.

We also welcome submissions for publication in the new issue of Photography. Image. Document journal, dedicated to expert research and technical and technological analysis of historical documents and photographs. The journal is peer-reviewed, published annually, and indexed in RSCI.

Submissions are accepted until 1 September 2020 via email:

Instructions for Authors

Scientific periodical Photography. Image. Document has been published continuously by the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSPHOTO since 2010. The need for broader scope of information on new ways of working with photographic documents is connected to the growing interest in family/private archives. The journal was conceived as a platform for constructive exchange of ideas and experience between experts in tangible heritage preservation — historians of culture, culture scholars, historiographers, archivists, paleographers, art historians, forensic experts, scientists who develop means and methods for analysis of photographic and handwritten documents, and evaluation experts.


Last updated on 3.08.2020