About: Leslie Friedman

I've been a project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) since 2009, working mainly on the MOSAIKON Initiative. I'm an architectural conservator specializing in the conservation of archaeological sites and decorative surface finishes. I have a background in archaeology and anthropology, and am an expert member of ICAHM, the ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. I previously worked for the GCI as a graduate intern (2006–2007), at ICOMOS, at the U.S. National Park Service, and as an independent conservator in private practice. Some of my previous projects have included the ancient site of Gordion in Turkey, 16th-century wall paintings in Puerto Rico, a 19th-century Mughal palace in India, the World Heritage site of Mesa Verde, Spanish colonial adobe architecture in California, and the historic city of Jaffa.

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Paving the Way: Mosaic Conservation Training in the Mediterranean Region

MOSAIKON course participants at the site of Herculaneum, Italy, preparing and presenting a site exercise on planning priority conservation interventions.

The Getty Conservation Institute recently completed the first training course for MOSAIKON, an ambitious collaboration dedicated to improving the  conservation and maintenance of ancient mosaics in the Mediterranean region. Begun in 2008, MOSAIKON is a partnership between the Conservation Institute,… More»

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      Both of the girls in these photographs are the photographer herself. Otsuka worked with a digital retoucher to seamlessly insert contemporary self-portraits into old photographs from a family photo album. 

      She was born in Japan and moved to the UK at age 10, and these reflect the intersection of both of those identities.

      These photos become a portal to the past where she can talk with her younger self. She invites you the viewer to join her on this journey of self-discovery.

      Now on View in The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography

      1976 and 2005, Kamakura, Japan, 2005, Otsuka Chino. Courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography. © Otsuka Chino

      1979 and 2006, Kitakamakura, Japan, 2006, Otsuka Chino. Courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography. © Otsuka Chino

      1982 and 2005, Paris, France, 2005, Otsuka Chino. Courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography. © Otsuka Chino

      1980 and 2009, Nagayama, Japan, 2009, Otsuka Chino. Courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography. © Otsuka Chino


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