Day 2

may 9th

Pauline Bergsma, trainee at Musea Zutphen, the Netherlands

“When I saw the announcement I thought: I must go to this event! I studied photography and I’m almost finished with the Collection Management study. I want to have my own company in both specialisms. This symposium is perfect for learning so many things, for example, 3D photography. I’m curious how it works. I wrote a paper about it for my study, got my information by searching on the Internet. At this event I can hear about the practice, from experts working with it. Very interesting. I hope to work with 3D photography myself in the future.”

Emma Ziraldo, preventive conservator and consultant for a private art collector, Milan, Italy

“Last year I heard about this symposium, when I was developing a research using 2D and 3D imaging for monitoring change in objects at the Getty Conservation Institute. It’s exciting to see that there are other research groups with the same interests like Keats Webb at the Smithsonian’s Museum. This congress is also very interesting to get to know other various imaging applications and projects. I’m learning many technical information about photography. It’s great to have an overview of what experts are doing internationally, with different materials and techniques. I also get new insights from the Q&A. When somebody in the auditorium is asking a question, new details arise. And I realize: “Actually, I haven’t even thought about that!”

Victor Wolf, TU Bergakademie, Freiberg, Germany

“As an PhD student and an economist I’m doing the finance, planning and management for a project at our university. I’m here with the project leader. His goal is to digitize fossils in 3D models. We hope to build a center in the near future. We try to create open space for people who want to digitize 3D objects. Also we will try to digitize fossils and minerals and upload them so different research teams from around the world can see the stuff we got in our archives. It’s very interesting to be here in The Rijksmuseum. The tickets for the congress were sold out and I understand why. It blows my mind, to be among all the experts in the field. I hope to get more insights on different kinds of photogrammetry and photography. And to learn how you manage digitization processes and digitization projects. I’ve already scribbled down many notes…”

Carolina Gustafsson, Stiftelsen Föremålsvåra, Kiruna, Sweden

“Cultural heritage is important to us as human beings. All the institutions in Sweden are really looking for to making their collections more accessible. What I’ve heard at all the conferences I visited is that we need to be better in networking and come together to get good standards and learning from each other instead of inventing the wheel over and over again.”

Prof. Dr. Mona Hess, Chair of Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation, Otto-Friedrich-Universität, Bamberg, Germany

“I saw this conference on Twitter and I was always eager to come. My colleagues and I already have a lot of expertise in 3D, photogrammetry, laser scanning, close ranging. But we want to build our expertise in multispectral and databases. It’s very crucial to stay up to date in this field. It’s my first time at this symposium and I’m very happy to be here. This is the place to be. It’s very well organized. And… I’m honored to have a talk on the first day of 2Dand3D. I love this community. This is my tribe!”

Tony Bhalla, employee at Dtek Digital Solutions Ltd, London, United Kingdom

“We look after 34 institutions for cultural heritage in the UK and in Ireland, which are mainly museums and libraries. We help them to archive their collection. Normally it takes a long time. We have a system, a workflow, where we can cut the time down by 50 percent using our software and hardware. This is our third event. It’s wonderful to be here again. It’s great for networking and to pick up on what’s happening out there in the community so at the next conference we have more answers for people. There’s so much new research going on that we have to keep pace with advances. Usually we’re always on top of the situation, but sometimes something will come up in the conference that is new to us. Than we start saying: ‘Well, how can we adapt that type of workflow to our workflow? And make it work even better?’, for example, on the field of narrow brand spectral imaging. It’s good that there are several parties that think on the same line.”

Grzegorz Nosorowski, photographer National Museum, Gdansk, Poland

“I’m doing digitalization in our museum, so I’m interested in how other people do the job. My colleague met some people from AHFAP at a congress in Scotland a few years ago. That’s how I got to know about this conference in the Rijksmuseum. I wanted to visit two years ago, but I wasn’t able to go because of health problems. But now I’m here, and I’m impressed! I’m happy to meet so many nice people with the same profession so I can learn more. The standards and equipment are changing. I have to stay up to date.”

Piotr Rydzek, technical sales manager for Microbox GmbH, Bad Nauheim, Germany

“I’m representing a company that manufactures the equipment for scanning and digitalization. It’s perfect to be here. I’ve met guys from England and Scotland who are specialized in the same things. We have common topics, we learn different points of view on the same issue from each other. We also get a lot of useful input from the participants of the symposium. On stage people address us as the manufacturers to change some things, adapt, and so on. This is the best way for us to get new ideas. I believe this is one of the most important conferences on 2D and 3D digitalization.”

Elad Zagman, photographer at Yad Vashem Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

“Wow, it’s great to be here and to mingle. I’m meeting very interesting people from interesting cultures. I see how museums work, get information about techniques and I understand I have to move on. I have to progress to do better in my job. So that’s why I came to 2Dand3D: to learn. After two days my brain is full of information. In my opinion, the highlight so far has been the speech by HRH Prince Constantijn. It was very sharp. I was moved by it. He showed reality. I was amazed to see what’s happening in my neighborhood. He spoke about ISIS, Al Qaida and all the historical sites that were destroyed in the Middle East. Our profession is so important. What I say is from the bottom of my heart: this conference in Amsterdam is the answer to what is happening right now in the world.”

Morten Thorkildsen, photographer, The National Museum, Oslo, Norway

“It’s the third time I’ve attended this congress. Why? First of all because it is a place where photographers can meet. I also always go to the AHFAP symposium in the UK every year. Our museum in Oslo is now situated on four sites. In 2020 we will open a brand new building of 54,000 square meters. There will be a new photo studio with new equipment where we are going to use new technologies like 3D photography and 360-degree photography. It’s inspiring to go to events like this. To hear about the latest developments.”

Facts, figures and funnificent

Thursday 9 May is another exciting day of the 2+3D-event. The developments in our field advance with the speed of a bullet. The first sessions describe the techniques we can use today. The other sessions are full of prophecies.


The 17 specialists on the second day of the conference show how they work, share their thoughts and give insight into their current daily practices and what is in store for the near future. The people in the auditorium listen attentively. One photographer finds the information in the lectures too technical. Others, like the delegation from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, are very positive, calling the sessions ‘inspirational’. Alex Soo, from the National Heritage Board in Singapore, even uses the word ‘overwhelming’.

The knowledge that is presented at the 2+3D symposium is enormous, which when closing, Cecile van der Harten highlights when she invites all the speakers and workshop leaders on stage. What a large number of professionals!

Speaking of crowds… Taking the group photo in the atrium of the Rijksmuseum is big fun. Standing on the first floor is not enough. The conference photographer has to climb an onto an extra table to elevate herself. There are so many people to put in the picture. When the setting is all right, a jolly participant yells: “Say kaas!”. After saying cheese, it’s time to go back to the foyer, to enjoy the typical Dutch snack ‘bitterbal’, having drinks and talking to all those nice people who make up the 2+3D community. To quote Cecile van der Harten: “Exchanging information, renewing contacts and also just having a good time. That is what this conference is all about.”