Photographic Portrait. An Albumen, Cabinet Card
Edward Heath, silver gelatine photograph with staining in the face due to poor quality adhesive on the reverse, the staining was irreversible so with copyright permission, digital restoration was carried out & a new print made without breaching copyright.
A silver gelatine photograph from WW1.
A 19th century exhibition photograph.
Before treatment . The photograph was tightly rolled. It had a layer of dried adhesive on its back making the work very brittle and susceptible to further handling damage. The photograph had multiple extensive tears.
The photograph was gradually humidified and the adhesive layer was reduced. During the adhesive removal the  photograph was moved from one roll onto another to protect the emulsion layer.
Once the adhesive layer on the reverse had been removed the photograph could be safely unrolled. At this stage the emulsion layer was able to be cleaned.
The photograph was relined using a vacuum table
After lining fragments were re instated.
After treatment. The photograph has been preserved now enabling easy access to the image. No retouching was carried out respecting the clients wishes for preservation rather than restoration,.
Before treatment. A crayon enlargement photograph taken in the 1920’s.
Before treatment. A detail showing damage to the silver emulsion.
After treatment the photograph was mounted with 100% cotton boards, and framed using 99% Ultra Violet filtering glazing.The mounted package was sealed with aluminium barrier film to reduce access of environmental pollution.