The Photography Department can assist with works including antique, sepia, black and white, hand-colored, color, and contemporary photographic prints. This department also specializes in the digital reproduction of delicate works so originals can be stored to avoid further unnecessary deterioration.
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Young Woman’s Portrait. Photograph. 14 x 11 in.
Due to age-related damage a general discoloration of the emulsion layer had occurred (left). In treatment the image was digitally scanned at high resolution and digitally retouched to correct the visual inconsistencies (right).
Family Portrait, Black and white photograph. Mid 20th c. 9 x 11 in.
This portrait experienced moderate to severe fire damage; the frame, mat, mount and glazing were considered a loss (#1). When disassembled, a part of the photograph had adhered to the large glass shard (#3, #4). Through digital reproduction the damage was repaired (#2).
Staff Sergeant, Baquiere Ismael Studio, Hand-colored black and white photograph. 14 x 11 in.
This photograph was found in a basement after experiencing significant water damage, hence the extreme mold damage to the bottom right corner (left). In treatment the photograph was digitally reconstructed to repair areas (right).
Mother’s Portrait, Hand-colored Photograph, 10 x 8 in.
The photograph had adhered to the glass, resulting in numerous losses and tears, and there was moderate mold staining as well (left). The photograph was cleaned and digitally reconstructed to repair damage (right).