This webpage shows the transition how we can take an antique photo in very poor condition and bring it back to life. It took three days to restore this image.

Row 1:

Left image: Raw scan of the photo. The details of the photo are very hard to distinguish.

Right image: The contrast and color map were raised to show the details in the photo. This proved major foxing and dirt marks on the photo.
Row 2:
Left image: Shades and tints on the photo's lower half were identified. The photo colors were matched next to the foxing and dirt marks. The marks were painted on the computer with air brushing.

Right image: The same procedure was used for the upper half of the photo. The entire photo has been restored.

Photo loan: Private collection of Kathleen Mitchell.

  • Type of Photo: Cabinet card
  • Photography Studio: Kaufmann's
  • Location: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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