Day 1

may 8th

Sjoerd van Oevelen, tutor expanded photography at Aki ArtEZ for art and design in the Netherlands

“In recent years there has been a movement toward scanning, different ways of using photography, generating 3D images and extracting other information out of images. A lot of specialists have gathered here at this conference. It’s meeting of experts. I hope discussions will take place about the use of media and the affects; not only in terms of advice and recommendations, but also in how we’ll see photography and the way photography determines our relation to the world.”

Megan MacNeil from the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA

“I work in registration and new objects acquisition and photograph all the new images and objects that come in our museum. The museum started in 1799, when sea captains brought their items back. It’s maritime, but we also have Korean, Japanese, American en contemporary art. I’m on this symposium for an overview: what’s going on in the field, what are the best ways in digital preservation? I hope to learn about new technologies in capturing or storing an image. It’s nice that there are people from so many countries, so you get a global idea of what’s going on. It’s a challenge for everybody, we’re all looking for the next step in preserving our collections for the next 20, 50, 100 years. That’s a helpful idea.”

Lotta Sundberg, Roger Magnusson and Viktor Westas from the Library of Uppsala University in Sweden

“Our library is ancient, from 1466. We hope to get inspiration at this conference, so we can improve what we’re doing. We’re interested to know what the next step in quality is. It’s amazing that there are so many people from all over the world. It’s always good to meet people who do the same thing, who have the same problems, challenges and ideas. We also met some people from our own country, from the National Museum. And a friend is a speaker tomorrow: Carolina Gustafson. That’s fun.”

Christina Jackson and Jeff Wells, photographers at the Denver Art Museum, USA“

“We photograph the collections, the installations and the events in our museum. We were searching for an event focused on photography, so we can enlarge our knowledge. This symposium is perfect to learn something new about techniques, like photogrammetry. The workshops make it hands on. So we get more gear towards what we need in how we can progress our department. And it’s also great to meet other photographers and other new people.”

Martijn Zegel, photography at Teylers Museum Haarlem, the Netherlands

“I’ve been a reproduction photographer for more than 25 years. In our museum we have a large library that we are digitalizing ourselves. It’s already the third time that I’ve attended 2Dand3D. I retire in a few years. I don’t expect to get a lot of new insights today and the next days. I just like to network and chat with colleagues and enjoy the great catering. It’s a lot of fun to be here.”

Harrie van Kessel, photographer/business owner Harrie de Fotograaf, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

“I’m specialized in advertisement photography and I’m very interested in the technique of photography, especially the color fastness. That’s very important when I take pictures of clothes. It’s the same thing when I make reproductions of paintings and drawings. I started when I was young, taking pictures of the water color paintings my mother made. I did it without much knowledge in that time, just based on feeling. Later on I started learning more and more about it. I can express now why I do what I do. I can absorb more information at this event. Great!”

Jaclyn Kain, Fidelity Investments, Boston Massachusetts, USA

“I’m excited to be here, it’s my first time! I work for a private art collection as a photographer. I’m also an artist and I teach analogue photography at Simmons University. A fellow artist, who’s also here, told me about 2Dand3D. I told my managers at work and they thought it would be a great idea to go to Amsterdam. To see what information there would be in the field, about the latest technologies, documentation, preservation, storage and the future of digital. It’s changing so fast. I’m looking forward to networking with people, see and hear how they deal with it. So I can get information for my job.”

Albert Sierra, Agencia Catalana de Patrimoni Cultural, Barcelona, Spain

“The agency I work for is an administration body that manages five museums and about 40 sites for archeological buildings. We are at this event in Amsterdam because we’re really interested in 3D documentation of architecture, archeology and museum objects. We’ve followed all the information that came out of the events from the previous years. And now we’re very happy to be here. We are impressed by the knowledge that people share. It’s also nice to see familiar faces. We know Lyn Wilson, who gave a presentation today about ALApp. She’s the Digital Documentation Manager from Historic Environment Scotland. They are top-notch workers in 3D modeling, they have a lot of experience. We met in Scotland, at another congress. We are also in Amsterdam to seek presentations that will be interesting in our own event in Barcelona, in October. We hope that some of the people who are here will speak at our symposium.”

Stephen McCann, University of Glasgow, Scotland

“We have a photography and digitization department where we photograph the collections and we look after many archives. Coming to events like this is always interesting, because you can hear how others do it better, quicker, cheaper. It’s my first time at this congress. It’s a huge number of people. I didn’t expect that it would be so busy. Fabulous having all this international collaboration.”

Andrew Fortune, Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA

“Photographing glass is a struggle. Trying to understand what the surface of the glass is. I keep waiting for the magic, to figure it out. I definitely got more insights at this congress. Every time it seems like it’s gone several steps further than the last time, for example with photogrammetry. I was here in 2017 and I’ll be here again in two years.”

Nicholas Umek, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

“I’m a photographer and I’m here for the first time. The vibe at this event is very positive and friendly. I’m here because I wanted to see how other institutions are doing the same work I do. Can I learn anything from them? I wanted to see how new technologies are going to change what I’m doing now and in the future.”

A shared sense of responsibility

The first day of 2+3D Photography Practice and Prophecies was a vibrant one. The participants from all over the world were eager to meet each other, share their knowledge and absorb the new information presented by the passionate speakers.


Cecile van der Harten, Head Image Department Rijksmuseum, was very delighted to open the third edition of the conference. She welcomed the 325 delegates from over 30 countries by saying “It’s the celebration of your profession. It’s you in the spotlights. I hope you enjoy this party!”

An important message of the day was the shared sense of responsibility. Not only for our treasures in the Western world, but for the cultural heritage around the globe. Key note speaker, His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn, told about the efforts of the Prince Claus Fund to protect cultural heritage worldwide. He showed a lot of examples on the screen and underlined the vital importance of working fast in case of disasters. “These small interventions provide hope, stimulate local ownership and restore pride.”

The eleven sessions that followed covered diverse subjects –The speakers had one thing in common: enthusiasm to teach and inspire their colleagues.

At the end of Day 1 Cecile van der Harten says: “Not so long ago many people were working in different museums on the same thing. And nobody communicated. One of my wishes for the first conference in 2015 was that we would share our knowledge and experience and start working together. I close this first day with a very hopeful conclusion from the members of the panel we just heard: in the future we will all work together on the same wheel, and not on one wheel, each individually. Thank you all! Let’s go to the boats now, to make the canal tour.”