It’s a handcolored gelatin silver photograph that was stamped into a convex shape. It was damaged when someone tried to flatten it. It was also water damaged and the varnish coating had darkened. The photograph was temporarily removed from the backing so that the backing could be washed and reconstructed. The varnish was removed and the pieces washed before reassembling them back into place. Losses were filled and all voids were inpainted to reintegrate. A new varnish coating was appled for protection.
Processing and years of display without glazing had left the surface badley discolored. The print was washed and bleached with conservation friendly techniques to reduce any residual staining.
This family photograph was badly stained and creased. It was washed to stabilize and bleached to reduce the residual appearance of the staining. Any creases were consolidated with warmed photographic grade gelatin and stabilized from the back with Japanese paper and cooked wheat starch paste mends.
This print was found in a trashcan. It was stored for 30 years between cardboard, leaving the image badly discolored from acid migration. There were also minor tears, abrassion and creasing within the image and also loss of meadia along creases. The print was washed and ultimately bleached to reduce the overall discoloration. All tears were mended with Japanese paper and cooked wheat starch paste. Any losses were inpainted to reintegrate.