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Katherine Sanderson

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Assistant Conservator of Photographs
New York, NY
Katherine Sanderson is Assistant Conservator of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. After receiving her B.A. from Wesleyan University in American Studies and Material Culture, she worked for Christie's and later spent several years as a Collections Care Specialist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston before beginning her graduate training. She received her M.A. in art history and Advanced Certificate in conservation with a specialization in photographs from the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, followed by two years as the Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Her where her research focused on the study of color change in photographs over time with particular attention paid to the effects of light exposure during exhibition. This work is ongoing and the ultimate goal is to obtain more object-specific predictions of longevity and to refine exhibition policies for a variety of photographic processes. Her other main research interest involves the use of using economic and philosophical theory to more broadly assess how museums use their collections and how use affects the longevity of the art objects in their care.