We quite often receive old hand tinted images usually dating from the 1930s and early 40s. Before the mass introduction of colour photography, hand tinting was a popular way of bringing colour into images. A very underexposed enlargement was made and then an artist would paint straight over the top. The result was [...]
A faded Pixi photo from the early 80s. The cyan and yellow dyes were almost gone so this one needed careful colour work to get it looking new again.
The area exposed through an oval mat had been damaged by light and mould.
Sometimes we can recover damaged photos by grafting in bits and pieces from other images. In this case we had to paint in the missing shoe.
Detailed retouching and reconstruction of the hair restored the subject, and the background was replaced. A warm sepia tone was added to complement the bright mood of the image. The handwriting in the lower right corner was retained and faded areas airbrushed to improve legibility.
Hurricane Survivors: This photo was severely damaged when Hurricane Ivan, a category 5 storm, passed directly over the Caribbean island of Grenada in 2004. We brought it back to its original condition, ready from framing and display once again.