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Stephanie Christensen

Awakening II, Copyright Stephanie Ogeneski Christensen
Stephanie Christensen

Digital Imaging Manager / Department of Anthropology Website Coordinator

Division: Collections and Archives Program, National Anthropological Archives

Area of Specialization:
Stephanie is responsible for overseeing the development, management, and coordination of daily operations of the NAA’s Digital Imaging Lab and the long-term preservation of the NAA’s associated digital surrogates through Smithsonian systems. She is responsible for implementing workflows and digital preservation policies, while making assets available through SI catalogs. She also coordinates the department’s website.

Fax:  301-238-2883
E-mail Address:

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Professional Certification in Photographic Preservation and Archival Practice, Guest Scholar, International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, 1998

M.F.A., Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1997

B.F.A., Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography/Drawing), Cum Laude, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, 1993

Professional Activities:

Digitization Program Advisory Committee, Smithsonian Institution
Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative,
Society of Imaging Science and Technology,

Research Interests/Profile:

Stephanie is a trained photographer with an interest in the marriage of 19th century photographic printing processes and digital technologies as they relate to the reproduction of images. She is a master printer of the albumen and platinum/palladium print processes, of which, she has incorporated into her own artistic work. Trained in densitometry and historical photographic processes, her areas of expertise focuses on digitization of photographic materials, particularly negatives; embedded metadata; digital asset management; and the long-term preservation of the digital image.She also continues to explore her own artistic work and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Selected Publications:

from: "Italian Landscape Portfolios, copyright, Stephanie Ogeneski ChristensenOgeneski-Christensen, Stephanie and Dunlop, Doug, 2011.The Case for Implementing Core Descriptive Embedded Metadata at the Smithsonian, Archiving 2010 Final Program and Proceedings, Society of Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T).

Ogeneski-Christensen, Stephanie and Dunlop, Doug, 2010.The Case for Implementing Core Descriptive Embedded Metadata at the Smithsonian, DC-2010 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications.

Ogeneski-Christensen, Stephanie, 2010. Accessing Anthropology: Digital Collections at the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution,Archiving 2010 Final Program and Proceedings, Society of Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T).

Ogeneski, Stephanie, Osorio,Fernando and Hernandez-Romero,Pilar, 2007.Film Base to Pixels: The Juan Cachu-Ramirez Collection -A Cross-Over Education Experience. Topics in Photographic Preservation (American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Vol.12: 74-76 (2007)

Selected Workshops/Lectures:

“The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative: Case Studies of the Guidelines at Work,” Panelist, Archives Records DC 2010 Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the Society of American Archivists, Washington DC (2010)

“21st Annual Preservation Conference: Managing the Intangible: Creating, Storing and Retrieving Digital Surrogates of Historical Materials” Static Imaging Panel: Digitization Activities at the National Anthropological Archives,” College Park, MD (2007)

"Gelatine-Chloride Printing-Out Paper and the Albumen Print Process: A Workshop and Investigation into Two 19th Century Silver-Based Photographic Processes," (Mexico City,Mexico) (2004 & 06)

Selected Exhibitions:

"Poland, A Contemporary Landscape," Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, NYC, NY (2006)

"Silent Atmosphere: Landscape Impressions from Dawn to Dusk," New Century Artist, NYC, NY / Wells Gallery at the Lenox Library, Lenox, MA



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