I really enjoy photo restoration work. The image is most often priceless to the client. My task is to take this old, abused image and bring it back to its original state as possible. While some of the resoration process relies on mathematical formulae (noise reduction, contrast, etc.), it is an art to “fill in the blanks” created by stains, dirt, rips, creases and fading. Since the subject is most often a loved one of the client, every choice I make has to remain true to the information in the photograph. It is a constraint that makes it an almost sacred duty to bringing the image back to life.
The image above is from a client who only has two pictures of her mother. It is a small wallet photo damaged by time and handling (left). I was able to return to her a print quality 6×4″ (right).