4 More Beautiful Before and After Photo Restorations
Our client discovered a stack of original 16×20 crayon portraits when working on a family estate. Originally, all of these beauties would have been framed, protecting them from environmental damage. After reviewing their photo goals, it was determined that we would restore the original if we could, and if a reproduction was necessary, we would use that approach. Keeping the originals preserved was of greatest importance. All the images would be housed in proper storage for future generations. Each of the crayon portraits varied in degrees of damage. Many were broken, yellowed, and delaminating. Nearly all of them had silverfish damage. The originals were repaired and matted to stabilize the pieces for any handling. They were placed in museum boxes to further protect from bugs, dust, and other elements. Our client also wanted to display and share the images with family members. The example above shows a single before and after reproduction. Finding one or two of these crayon portraits is unique, but finding a stack is like finding a buried treasure.
This image is a turn of the century fibre print of a group at an event. This photograph was designed to be a commemorative piece and was dry mounted to a vintage decorative card. The photo suffered from age, uneven fading, and abrasions. Through shooting the piece, we were able to bring back a tremendous amount of detail and brighten the piece as a whole.
Two of the men in the photo were significant to our client. These men were isolated and printed at a larger size to share with family members. The shooting technique allowed us to increase them from the size of a nickel to a full 4×6 with maximum detail. Many of our clients wish they had better photos of their family members. Isolating an individual from a group photo is a great way to capture the memory and enjoy the small details.
This photo came to us faded and crazed with signs of physical deterioration. The print suffered a combination of chemical failure from poor darkroom techniques, combined with relentless environmental damage from poor storage and handling. Using multiple methods, Mary Lou was able to restore the piece, eliminating the damage. To our client’s delight, we were able to successfully colorize the image as well.
Although unusual, military panoramic images are pretty common sights in our studio. This photograph, however, of an all female military panoramic is a real gem. These panoramic images are usually brought to us rolled and stored in original tubes. More often, the cracking occurs when enthusiastic families attempt to unroll them for viewing. Stress fractures, crazing and new issues are born. If you have one of these panoramic photos, use caution when unrolling. Do not force the image open. If you run into issues, bring the photo to the studio, and we’ll help you.