Preservation Projects

Missouri History Museum – Isaac Sievers

Isaac Sievers was a prominent photographer in St Louis in the early to mid 1900s who specialized in large panoramic photographs. His camera, commonly referred to as a Cirkut camera would produce film negatives that were 8″ x 48″.  In the day, these negatives were simply contact printed at 1:1 scale, but for this project, the goal was to create prints 6 feet by 35 feet.  That would mean scanning a negative that would not fit any traditional film scanner and capturing the information in the negatives with extremely high quality. We devised a scanning rig to capture each panoramic negative at high resolution in 16bit in sections and then electronically rejoined the sectional scans in post production. Due to the high level of enlargement of the final prints, each image also needed to be carefully and painstakingly digitally retouched. The final results can be seen in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at the St. Louis Lambert Airport through October 2017.  It’s quite amazing to see the results as such a grand scale, they are absolutely rich with detail, and display vastly more information than Sievers himself would ever have seen.

Seivers_Band copy

Sievers_WomensRights copy

Girl copy



Max Starkloff

We recently worked with the Starkloff Foundation to make reproductions of a few of Max Starkloff’s original paintings. Starkloff, a St. Louis native, was involved in a car accident in 1959 that left him a quadriplegic. About four years after his accident, he was placed into a nursing home located in Eureka, Missouri that was managed by Franciscan Monks. There he met Brother Matthew who offered to teach Max how to paint by holding a brush between his teeth. In 1969, he gave up painting to became an outspoken leader in the movement for independent living and disability rights. Over the course of his life, he became a “relentless and uncompromising force on behalf of disabled people,” and Co-Founded Paraquad in 1970, with his wife, Colleen. Prior to 1969 he produced a stunning body of work like the example shown below, strongly influenced by the German Expressionism movement.  Our work with the foundation involved capturing the original paintings with a superlative level of detail and color accuracy, and then creating an edition on cotton rag papers with archival inks.