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Whether it is an old tintype print you found in your grandmother's attic or your great-grandparents' family portrait, we can scan it, clean up the image if requested and output brand new prints that will last for future generations.
Do your 5 brothers and sisters all want the cracked, falling apart heirloom photograph of your great-grandparents' wedding day? We can scan the image, make the rips and scratches disappear and then print 5, or 500 copies of the finished image.
Many times heirloom photographs come to us in pieces, or with pieces missing.
We can do anything from scanning and reproducing the original as-is:
Or we can also do our best to repair the image:
Scans are made to produce a file that is 300ppi at the output size you require.
Any artwork, clean up or restoration services will be in addition to the scanning charge.
Pricing is determined on a case by case basis. We need to see the original and evaluate its condition before we can quote a price. Come visit us in New Bedford, Massachusetts. We're a short drive away from anywhere in New England.
Bacharach portrait, 1921
Antique photographs are rare, fragile and to some, priceless. We can reproduce these one of a kind pieces as giclée prints or photographic prints for you to share and enjoy, while you store the original in a safe place.
We take the greatest care with these fragile works of art as they are irreplacable pieces of our history, and will be treated as such with care and respect by our staff from the time they enter our possession, until they are returned.
The first photographs were not on paper like today's, but on a sheet of metal or glass. In 1839 a French artist named Louis Daguerre perfected the Daguerreotype, a photograph made on a silver covered copper sheet.
Daguerreotype images are stoic. It took several minutes to expose the negative, meaning that the subjects had to sit or stand completely motionless for the duration or ruin the photograph. You will find many subjects propped by a chair, table or stand.
Unlike photography today where we can make many prints from a single negative, the Daguerreotype is the negative. There were no duplicates. If you own a daguerreotype it is a '1-of-1.' These photographs are delicate and often held in special cases.
The public was enamored with these images. The prices however was prohibitive, and subjects and owners were usually middle-class to rich.
The Ambrotype was made on a piece of glass, while the Tintype (aka ferrotype) was made on a piece of iron. As with the Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and Tintypes have a black backing to correct the contrast, and the images are in mirror reverse. While the Ambrotype was short-lived, the tintype was an especially cheap way to make photographs and lasted until the early 20th Century. Many people collected Tintypes and housed them in special albums.
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Our fine art printing process uses pigment based inks. Pigment printing processes have been utilized since the middle of the 19th century. The image stability of pigment printing is superior to that of any other method of printing. Pigment inks excel in permanence. A dye is molecularly soluble in its vehicle, but pigment is not. Pigment particles tend to be large enough to embed into the receiving substrate making them water-resistant. The particle nature of pigment inks ensures their archival superiority. A particle of pigment is less susceptible to destructive environmental elements than a dye molecule.
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