What  Photo Restoration Services do you provide and what does it mean?

Photo Restoration services covered.

I define my photo restoration services as  “the restoration of a photo in digital form”. If it can be made digital with a good crisp, high-resolution scan, it can be restored digitally. This could be:

  1. Printed photos, colour or black and white.
  2. Slides in any shape or size
  3. Glass Plates
  4. Negatives in any shape or size, strips, disc or singles
  5. TinTypes
  6. Early photographic media i.e. Daguerreotype.
  7. Documents, Maps, Plans, Certificates, Drawings, Paintings, Posters
  8. Postcards
  9. Lockets, keyrings etc.

All the above can suffer damage in one form or another, this can take the form of:

  • Mould
  • Tape Marks
  • Water Damage
  • Scratches, Dust, Abrasions
  • Stuck to glass
  • Biro, pen
  • Pieces missing
  • Torn, folded, creased, screwed up even shredded!

All of the above can be repaired at image-restore.co.uk digitally. Images appear in so many forms no wonder they get damaged. For a gallery of restoration see my photo restoration examples 

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Photo restoration services not covered

Physical repairs cannot be carried with photo restoration services, these include:

  • Cracked glass etchings
  • China plates with photos printed on them
  • Broken photographic glass plates
  • Original photos
  • Valuable photos with famous signatures
  • Anything that needs actual physical repair.

For repair of this nature, you would need to turn to a Conservationist or a Preservationist. Museums often have their own department for preserving printed materials. This might involve the stabilizing of any fading, cleaning, remounting on acid-free paper and framing.

What do conservators do?

“The purpose of all conservation is to help the public enjoy the objects and materials of our cultural heritage

  • There are many areas of conservation. These are investigation, preventive care, simple treatments and packaging.  Others include displaying, cleaning, repair and restoration
  • Conservators are trained professionals who use scientific skills with knowledge.  Such as art history, architecture, changing fashions and lifestyles.  This helps understand the context of the objects they work with, and to conserve them accordingly.
  • Conservation relies on working together, calling on owners, curators and scientists to fully understand an object
conservation and preservation of old photos

Preventive Conservation

Conservation aims to prevent damage to the historic objects. This is called ‘preventive conservation’. Preventive conservation is to prevent the object from getting any worse and where possible to enhance it. It should also keep it from getting damaged by further handling.

Simple Conservation

Simple conservation varies from the smallest repair to a full replacement or restoration.

Principles of simple conservation include doing as little as possible.  The aim of the treatment is to avoid changing the object in such a way as it cannot be returned to its previous condition.”

There is so much more to photo restoration and so many different aspects. Now you have some insight into how to decide what you need my services for and how I can help.

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Source – The Conservation Register