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  • I N T R O D U C T I O NRenata and Jan have had the honor of restoring art from Getty Images, We have been fortunate to work on great images from some of theNational Geographic, the Henry Ford Museum, the Science Museum in masters. Many of the works in our art restoration portfolio range fromBritain and other collections. We offer flexible work flow for the tightest the 1900s to the 1960s and the artists include Alfons Mucha,deadlines and great value because of our experience. Our tasks Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg, Bernard Villemot, Leonardo Cappiello,include: Tom Purvis and many others. image restoration for large format reproductions News archive organization, advanced image editing, and digitalization 12/2009...Relocating to San Francisco, 94107 focus on fine art photography and vintage poster art 01/2010...Working on the Patrick Nagel archive website design and other marketing materials project planning and managementIt is our belief that a specialized approach brings better results. That iswhy we primarily focus on image restoration of prints, black andwhite photography and vintage poster art. © The images shown in this portfolio are subject to copyright by their owners, are for viewing only and are not intended for reproduction.
  • B A C K G R O U N DOur passion for digital art restoration began in 2005 while working for The image archives were organized and tracked by a central web-basedVintage Arte, LLC. This rapidaly expanding art publishing company database and stored on in-house servers. Besides building and runningbased in Southern California hired us to handle the intake of new the pre-production department responsible for the intake of new archives,archives. Over the course of the next two years we worked in-house Renata and Jan collaborated on other projects throughout the companyat their Santa Barbara facility and expanded the company database day-to-day operations:by more than 20,000 new images.With our arrival most of the company business centered on partnerships 1. Finishing work on limited edition posters and other projects withwith image suppliers, producing print-per-order limited edition print runs Michael Hagler, the company art director;and selling the posters online through the company web sites as well as 2. Providing feedback for the IT department regarding the usabilitythird party resellers such as art.com. The company also offered third party of the back end and workflow;image editing, retouching and production services (Bridgeman, Artkey and 3. Designing front ends for customer web sites;others). Renata and Jan were directly involved in the production process. 4. Sizing and printing for head of production (largely giclee printing process on eight Epson 9800 printers);Towards the end of 2005, the CEO of Vintage Arte Richard Weedn 5. Content editing and keywording for marketing director;launched ArteHouse, LLC. Within several months this new direction even 6. Generating contact sheets and review web sites for the CEOfurther diversified the company business and scope of projects we worked and key partners;on. The new company now produced personalized web sites and content for 7. Streamlining the intake of new images (please see next page).Henry Ford Museum, Ducati, Primedia and many other customers.
  • W O R K F L O WAdobe Photoshop is the main tool of our trade. Other tools includeAdobe Acrobat, Bridge, CSS coding, Dreamweaver, InDesign and othersoftware. Renata and Jan were directly involved with the whole intakeprocess: A. Handling large batches of transparencies from image suppliers; B. Scanning on the FUJI F5000 flat bed scanner; C. Assigning SKUs to batches and keeping track of the images; D. Uploading the images into different parts of the system; E. Researching and writing keywords for indexability; F. Exporting into several formats (from web jpegs to tiffs for storage on servers) G. Evaluating which images will get priority treatment based on their quality; H. Sending updates to other people at company about new content; I. Producing large format master files (the digital image restoration process is broken down on the following pages).
  • S T O R Y O F A N I M A G ELets consider an image of an English travel poster from the 1920s. Scanning technology has progressed since that time. Now the archive ownerA lovely image of the Orient! Its a large format poster that was printed in is keen to print a set of limited edition posters that are of considerablytwo pieces. The print run was not ideal, but the poster was displayed larger format.outside a travel agency for holidaymakers to see. After a couple of ...........................................................................................................................seasons passed (the poster was exposed to sun and rain) it was torn Damage to the image took place on four levels. One level consisted ofdown and brought home by one of the agency clerks. The paper held tears, water, fading, mold, dirt collected in folds and other damage to thetogether for the most part and the poster was mounted and displayed in original art work. Shortcomings in the photography (color shift, shootingher family living room for several years before it made its way to the attic. angle and flash reflection) were the second level. Damage to theThere it remained folded for several decades. transparency (scratches, hair, dust, fingerprints and color shift) is level three. Poor scan quality lead to loss of data (edge detail and color) andThe poster was discovered by her grandson in the 1980s and later represented the last level of damage. Occasionally, there is an additionalsold in an auction. The auction photographer, shooting under adverse factor to consider: The quality of the original print!conditions, was rushed and used flash. The picture did not sit straight on ...........................................................................................................................its easel, the color checker stayed tucked away in the kit bag and luckily Before image restoration began we had to decide if we would treat thethe image came out relatively sharp. The transparency migrated through poster as an artefact and remove only the damage caused in theseveral archives (lets say boxes on the shelf!) of different publishing capturing process or we if would go much deeper and get the image ashouses and was handled by a number of people along the way. At its close as possible to what the artist had intended before he brought it to thefinal destination nearly a decade ago, the transparency was scanned for printing company.a small format publishing project (reproduction for magazine).
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 1/14...] This British Railways poster from 1980 propagates passenger safety onThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. train station platforms. Its in the 1950s comic book retro style. Although the artist used solid blocks of color in its design, the print actually required many local repairs due to its original medium and printing© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. method. Bucketing techniques possible in other similar artwork were off limits during the art restoration process.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 2/14...] This is a photograph taken before Amelia Earharts last flight. DepartingThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. New Guinea on July 2, 1937 during her cross-world flight, she and navigator Fred Noonan never arrived at their next destination. When restoring the images of historical personages, the art restorer needs to© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. respect the character of the subject. Earharts rugged beauty, including her lips chapped from winds and sea water, remains unaltered.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 3/14...] Our Centenary 1825-1925 was designed by Fred Taylor. In the designThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. Taylor incorporated the artwork of Terence Tenison Cuneo. For decades, many such vintage posters were stored in less than ideal conditions before finding their way into museums or private collections© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. and mold is fairly common. Please note the image detail.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 4/14...] Unfortunately, many posters were stored "efficiently" over the years andThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. folds are very common as is the case of this Capacity Mobility poster designed by H.G. Gawthorn for London & North Eastern Railway. The better case scenario is when the folds leave only lines and avoid the© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. detailed part of the image and typography. In this case, the folds actually protrude and the light during the photographing left a glare along some of the folds. It is recommended to use diffused light and avoid flash when capturing images for art reproduction.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 5/14...] A cool and smoggy day in December 1929. Five flights up, mechanicsThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. are testing race cars on the roof of the Fiat factory in Turin, Italy. The turns of this full oval rooftop racetrack were actually designed to appease the laws of physics. Historical photographs such as this one© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. are always a challenge for the restorer. Over the decades, the image is passed down from archive to archive and before it reaches your desk it usually shows much wear.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 6/14...] Edouard Alexandre Bernard designed this poster for a Ford dealershipThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. in Paris. A skilled caricaturist, Bernard is largely unknown today; his client is long out of business and the street where the dealership was located no longer exists, making a historical reconstruction of the© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. context for this artwork an exercise in sentiment. What is left is a beautifully detailed image filled with movement and humor. When restoring artwork in this highly detailed style it is important to divide the image into sections so no part is left untreated.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 7/14...] Much has been written about the high level of morale and discipline ofThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. the British armed forces. Here, an officer is jumping over twenty members of the Royal Artillery Regiment on a motorcycle. How would you like to be lying down at the end of this line-up? When sharpening© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. faded black and white photographs, less generally means more and the digital image restorer must proceed with caution to bring out the image and avoid pixel maps at the same time.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 8/14...] Tom Purvis designed East Coast Joys, a series of posters, for LNER.The image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. Purviss dynamic style and the use of vibrant solid color surfaces are a pleasure to work with. Tom Purvis and Frank Newbould are some of our favorite British commercial poster illustrators. When preparing© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. artwork for publishing, the art restorer can either treat the poster as an artefact and include the white border that usually includes the printers information or crop the artwork and reprint only what the author originally submitted.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 9/14...] Pieter Irwin Brown designed the Your Continental Holiday poster forThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. a railway company. Along with prints and other artwork, Brown created a number of travel posters with destinations in the UK, continental Europe and worldwide, especially the Far East. Night scenes are not© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. common in vintage poster art and Brown brilliantly makes use of bright colors to illustrate the excitement of your next holiday. Typography poses a particular challenge here because writing black on white is somewhat more forgiving during the image restoration process.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 10/14...] Bernard Villemot, one of the most influential French commercial posterThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. artists of all time, is well known for his commercial art posters for Orangina and Perrier. During his fruitful career ranging from the 1930s to the 1980s, he also created this advertising poster for Vivorange© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. soda. The poster is not well known, but from the use of geometry, negative space and realistic portrayal of the product our guess is that it dates to the early 1950s.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 11/14...] Swiss engineer Gerder is on his way to Spain inside his motor wheel.The image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. Publishing black and white photography on the internet brings up an interesting discussion. If youre viewing this page on a Mac you might see it as somewhat light. If youre on a Windows based system it may© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. appear as slightly dark. One solution is to create two separate web sites..] with an entry on the launch page with jpegs adjusted accordingly for both screens. Remember those awkward presentations from the 1990s with a separate entry for HTML and Flash? The other solution is to aim down the middle and hope for the best, because the screen will not replace the silver gelatin in the real thing any time soon.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 12/14...] This 1926 avant-garde film poster was a collaboration between theThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. Stenberg Brothers (Georgii and Vladimir) and Yakov Rukelski. Boxers Bride, a German romantic comedy now forgotten by most, is made eternal by one of its promotional posters designed by masters of the© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. trade. Some of the greatest work in the film poster genre was created in the Soviet Union beginning in the mid 1920s and ending with the rise of Stalin. We have had the privilege of resoring a number of the Stenberg posters and artwork of other leading artists of the era to their original state.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 13/14...] This American Airlines to New York poster (1950s) by Weimer PursellThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. is a great example of the artists layered geometric style. The inks and paper stock of the original poster, passage of time, the lighting used by the photographer to capture the image, handling and age of the© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. photograph transparency, image profiles and other factors can all contribute to the fading of the color black.
  • P O R T F O L I O S A M P L E[...portfolio sample 14/14...] Boris Bilinsky, a Russian émigré, lived and worked as a costume and setThe image as well as a selected detail before and after restoration. designer and poster artist in Germany and France. This particular vintage poster for the film Metropolis, directed by Fritz Lang, is one of our favorites and was a challenge to restore. The artwork is composed from two halves.© The images shown on this page are subject to copyright by their owners, arefor viewing only and are not intended for reproduction. The question remains as to whether the discrepancies are caused by a misprint or if at one point so meone joined the two poster halves from separate print runs. Please note the image detail.
  • C O N T A C TJan and Renata Jonak1695 18th Street #410SF, CA, 94107(415) 395-6875(347) 284-9576skype: ideamakingdigitalartfix@gmail.comwww.digitalartfix.com