OUD-2+3D Photography – Practice and Prophecies - 2017

On 10, 11 and 12 May 2017 the Rijksmuseum organized, in cooperation with AHFAP, an international conference on 2D and 3D digital photography, best practices, standardized workflows and a variety of applications for cultural heritage photography professionals: photographers and studio managers.

logo The aim of this conference is to provide a framework for international compatibility on the best practice methods for digitizing our heritage. As with the 2015 2+3D conference, it will give us a unique opportunity to exchange ideas on how we could meet the challenges that lie ahead in our industry. Discussions on how we can incorporate new techniques into international standards of practice will undoubtedly take place. There will be a wide variety of presentations given on the two conference days, and on 12 May workshops that address the topics we will have covered will also be scheduled along with a lot of studio practice.

If you missed the 2015 2+3D conference, then you will not want to miss the second edition in 2017 which will be held once again at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Here you will be able to meet up with old friends and fellow cultural heritage image professionals who work in a variety of art institutions from around the world.

The two conference days comprise a program filled with speakers presenting the latest photographic techniques and applications, 2D and 3D color management, standardized workflows, DAM systems, and studio management.


We concluded the 2015 conference realizing clearly that we are facing many challenges regarding where new digital techniques and applications could bring us knowing that technological developments change rapidly. We live in exciting times and we cannot just sit back and relax. We must constantly be aware of the new developments in our field.

It is an irreversible fact that digital photography is nestled right in the center of art history, science, and conservation. We will only be able to confront the challenges accompanying that fact if our workflows are aligned in standardized processes which guarantee the quality of our work. That is why a vast majority of delegates present in 2015 voted in favor of the Amsterdam principles. We, the heritage photography community, took a major step forward regarding our common goals. At this next conference we are going to explore if we can also come to some agreement regarding standardization of the photography of 3D objects. We will also see if it will be possible to test the functionality of new techniques available so that users can easily choose which techniques are most suitable for the digitalization of their collections.

Conference Program

Conference topics

In addition to the topics listed below, we will also have an inspiration market with innovative companies displaying the latest developments in our field and with poster presentations you’ll be informed by international colleagues on their recent achievements on various subjects.

Photographing 2D and 3D objects; daily practice and applications

  • Actual practice in the studio: experience from the work floor.
  • Standardization is essential now that photography has an increasingly greater role in restoration and science. How does this affect our daily workflow?
  • Is it possible to reach consensus on how we photograph 3D objects?

3D applications for cultural heritage

  • What is the added value of 3D content in the context of cultural heritage?
  • Has photogrammetry defeated 3D scanning? Can we offer a test of 3D techniques currently available so users can choose a technique that fits their needs? Which one of these techniques will survive in the end?
  • 3D digital applications are booming, we need applications that we can manage ourselves.
  • Is the perfect copy/3D print already possible?
  • We need to find sustainable solutions. Where and how can content and 3D developers meet?

Color Management

  • Can we color manage the photography of 3D objects and how about a 3D target?
  • Can we color manage 3D scanning?

Workflow Management

  • Planning, organization and preservation (studio, archive, DAM)
  • Managing ever growing data systems and large digitization workflows

The conference is organized by the Rijksmuseum in cooperation with the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography (AHFAP).

The official language will be English.

Conference venue

The venue will be in the auditorium of the Rijksmuseum located at Museumstraat 1 in Amsterdam. The workshops (on Friday 12 May) will be in Amsterdam and in our depot in Lelystad.

Program committee:

  • Cecile van der Harten, Head Image Department, Rijksmuseum
  • Robert Erdmann, Senior Scientist, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Robert Gillesse, Digital Archivist at International Institute of Social History (IISG)
  • Wim Hupperetz, Director, Allard Pierson Museum
  • Carola van Wijk, Staff photographer, Rijksmuseum

Advisory board:

  • Tony Harris, Digital Media & Photography Officer at Government Art Collection and Deputy Chair of Association For Historical And Fine Art Photography (AHFAP)
  • Barbara Bridgers, General Manager for Imaging, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Scott Geffert, ‎Senior Imaging Systems Manager, Metropolitan Museum of Art and President at ImagingEtc.com
  • Nick Poole, Chief Executive Officer, CILIP
  • James Stevenson, Director, Cultural Heritage Digitisation Ltd

Plan your stay

Amsterdam is very busy during the month of May, so we recommend you book your hotel soon! You may find the booking website of Efficient Hotel Partner useful.


Conference Secretary: 2and3dphotography@rijksmuseum.nl

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10, 11 and 12 May 2017


Regular fee: € 300

A student discount is possible. Please contact us for more information and include your student ID to see if you are eligible.

Cancellation Policy: Requests received in on or before 1 March 2017 are eligible for a 50% refund. Refunds will not be honored after
1 March 2017.


Auditorium, Rijksmuseum