The African Art photographs album belongs to the Archives Gulbenkian and comes from the extinct Cooperation Service with the New African States. The context of this album’s entry into the Foundation is unknown, but it will be related to the foundation’s philanthropic activity in the Portuguese-speaking countries and other territories around the world that have been, historically, under Portuguese influence.
It is a unique work, handcrafted, with a carved wooden cover and back cover, with animal fur pages with photographs representing works of art and exhibition rooms of an unidentified African museum.
It was in a reasonable conservation state, although its handling was very difficult. It also showed some damage – missing or broken parts, dirt and – ripped photographs.
A conservation plan was developed, which went through cleaning, tear mending and structural integrity restoration to allow its safe handling and digital reproduction.