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Yoko Shiraiwa

Shiraiwa Conservation Studio
paper and photograph conservator
Tama-shi, Tokyo, Japan

Yoko Shiraiwa obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts in 2004 and completed a Certified and Master Class at The Centre for Photographic Conservation in London. She worked at the Art Conservation Laboratory in Tokyo as a paper conservator for five years. Since 2009 she is working as a private conservator in Tokyo for institutions and private collectors, specializing in works on paper and photographic materials.


She has been actively involved in rescuing Tsunami damaged photographs from The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, advising volunteer groups and overseeing their activities.  She has lectured and written for The Society of Photography and Imaging of Japan in 2011 and gave talk for ICON (Institute of Conservation) Photographic Materials Group in 2012 on this subject. Her article “Rescuing Tsunami-damaged photographs in Japan” will appear in the forthcoming issue of ICON Journal.