for cultural heritage imaging professionals

Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography

2019 Conference

The Royal College of Physicians

The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography will be holding its 2019 Conference on Monday 11th November at The Royal College of Physicians in London. There is also an opportunity to join our day two activities on the 12th November.


AHFAP Members - £55
Non-members - £135

To buy tickets click here or on our ticket link below.

Also see below for this year's call for papers and details of this year's keynote speaker.

Call for visual content


At this year’s conference we want to highlight the variety of practices of our members in a digital showcase, which will be displayed on a loop throughout the conference. We encourage submissions of still photography, video and 3D digital content, as we celebrate our members’ experience and experimentation in the cultural heritage sector.

Submission guidelines:

Still photography - Please submit by 31 August your images via email to with a file size that does not exceed 500k and should take the form of either a single image or a series of up to five images on a single theme. 

Day One

8.45 to 9.30 - Registration 

9.30 to 9.35  - Welcome/Housekeeping - Richard Everett

9.35 to 9.40 - Introduction to Royal College of Physicians

9.40 to 10.20 - Keynote: "Beauty, Mystery & Simplicity" - David Ward

10.20 to 10.50 - Original Copies: Albumen Printing the Scanned Negatives of Victorian - Photographer John Thomson - Louis Porter

10.50 to 11.00 - Discussion Panel 1- Paul Gardner

11.00 to 11.02 - 2 minutes silence - Armistice Day 

11.02 to 11.20 - Morning Break 

11.20 to 11.45 - Predictable, reproducible and lossless, all-embracing reproduction of 2 dimensional objects is the number one goal in cultural heritage imaging - Volker Jansen

11.45 to 12.00 - 200 Manuscripts in 200 days: National Library of Scotland's experience of using the new Book2Net Dragon V-Shape system for high-throughput digitisation of medieval manuscripts - Gavin Willshaw

12.00 to 12.30 - Digitising Sudanese Culture; Adapting a project to challenging conditions - Geoff Laycock

12.30 to 12.40 - Discussion Panel 2 - Tony Harris

12.40 to 13.45 - Lunch 

13.15 to 13.45 - AGM 

13.45 to 14.00 - Reflectance Transform Imaging - Lindsay MacDonald and Taylor Bennett

14.00 to 14.30 - Operation Night Watch - High resolution imaging of Rembrandt’s largest painting - Carola Van Wijk and Henni Van Beek

14.30 to 14.45 - The Buddhist Legend in Stone – bringing Borobudur to Cyberspace - Ali Meyer

14.45 to 14.55 - Discussion Panel 3 - Kira Zumkley

14.55 to 15.30 - Afternoon Break 

15.30 to 16.00 - Photographing Industrial Subjects - James O Davies

16.00 to 16.30 - A New History of Medicine - Kevin Percival

16.30 to 16.45 - Extinction. Photographing endangered and extinct animals and plants at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago - Marc Schlossman

16.45 to 17.15 - Computer Vision at Wellcome Collection - Harrison Pim

17.15 to 17.25 - Discussion Panel 4 - Jason Candlin

17.25 to 17.30 - Closing Remarks - Richard Everett


Day Two

These events are only open to delegates with a Day One ticket. Anyone registering without a valid Day One ticket will have their ticket revoked.


Open Studio Tour - The British Library

Morning tour 10:30-11:30; Afternoon tour 14:00-15.00

Please meet at the information desk by the main entrance 10 minutes before your tour starts.

Book Here

Open Studio Tour - The National Gallery

Over the last few years the National Gallery has invested in new cutting edge analytical imaging technologies, specifically macro-X-ray fluorescence scanning and hyperspectral imaging. The macro XRF scanner is the Bruker M6, a commercially available instrument. The hyperspectral system was built in-house from components, following the design of the system at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. The tour will provide the opportunity to see this equipment, guided by staff from the National Gallery Scientific Department. They will describe each system and how it is used in the work of the National Gallery, giving examples of recent results from paintings in the collection.

Please arrive ten minutes before the tour start time at the National Gallery west (staff entrance). Download instructions for where to go here

Morning tour 10:15-11:15; Afternoon tour 12:00-13:00 

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Workshop - Continuous Lighting Techniques for Stills and Moving Images, Ian Murray, hosted by The Wellcome Trust  

Workshop 1 11:00-12:30; Workshop 2 13:30-15:00; Workshop 3 15:00-16:30

More info and booking here 

Workshop - Comparing Rotational Photography & Photogrammetry, Kira Zumkley, hosted by The Wellcome Trust

Morning workshop 10:00-12:00; Afternoon workshop 2 13:00-15:00

More info and booking here

Workshop -  Latest Developments for Digitisation and Multi Spectral Imaging, showcased by Dtek Digital Solutions and Phase One at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Morning Session 10:30-12:30; Afternoon Session 14:00-16.00

We will explore and discuss the opportunities, issues and challenges associated with Multi Spectral Imaging, 

highlighting the latest developments in automation, the workflow and methodology to produce the “perfect image stack” and ease of use for MSI for both multiband imaging based on the Charisma standard (

as well as a full narrowband illumination system ranging from UV (365nm) to IR (940nm).

We will demonstrate how the solution handles all aspects of multi spectral imaging from analysis and research into paintings and artworks as well as revealing hidden text and artefacts from damaged or faded documents, palimpsests, etc.

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National Gallery day two instructions

MAP_ West Entrance_v2 (pdf)


Day Two - Free Exhibitions for AHFAP Delegates

The exhibitions listed below are offering limited free admission places for AHFAP delegates to their paid exhibitions. The offer is only valid on Day Two of the conference, Tuesday 12th November and booking is required. Please follow the links below for more information and booking on an Eventbrite page.

Charlotte Salomon, Life? or Theatre? The Jewish Museum, Camden Town

Book here

The Royal Academy of Music exhibitions are free but AHFAP delegates, in groups,  may ask for a free guided tour on 12th November. 

The Brian Tremain Bursary 2019


Brian Tremain was one of the founding members of the AHFAP. His family have generously sponsored an annual bursary in remembrance of him. The aim is to help fund a member to attend the association’s annual conference.


The bursary is open to any Personal member, Institutional member or Student member.

This year's conference will be held on Monday 11th November at The Royal College of Physicians, London. 

Day One is a conference with papers delivered by experts in fields related to the Associations aims. Day Two is a selection of workshops and demonstrations at various venues in London. 

The Committee have agreed to also offer the recipient a free 1 year membership of the association.

The recipient will additionally have the opportunity to make a short presentation at the 2020 conference.  


The judging panel will comprise of the Association’s President, two members of the committee and a member of Brian Tremain’s family. If there is no clear winner, the decision will be passed on to the Associations Chair for a final decision. All entries are confidential and the judges’ decision will be final. No communication will be entered into concerning the process or resulting decision. 

How to apply

Please include:

· Your name

· Your contact details including address, phone number, address of your business, institution, college

· A short paragraph about yourself

· A short paragraph about your institution, business and your position in that organisation. If you are a student, what area of photography you are studying

· A short explanation about why receiving the bursary will help you in your work or studies. 

Submissions should be no more than a side of A4.

The successful recipient will be asked to write a brief blog about their day at the conference for inclusion on the AHFAP website in due course.

Past conference papers- 2015