Missouri History Museum


Panoramas of the City exhibit is open at the Missouri History Museum from
September 2, 2017 – March 24, 2019



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