Conservation photography of the Cyril Ruwald Collection
Digital conservation photography of the Cyril Ruwald Collection of architectural plans and drawings is being undertaken in 2008 to provide greater access to conservators, staff and clients. Conservation photography clearly documents all aspects of an object so that Conservation staff can accurately report its condition. Items from this collection are photographed from the front and back, and prints are made of those requiring conservation and condition reports. Further photographs are taken after the conservation work has been performed.
The Conservation Photographers use a variety of Cameras; these images are shot with a Canon 30D, EF 28-135mm lens and Elinchrom soft box studio lights. Studio lights are set at 45 degrees and equidistant from the subject, to provide flat and even illumination. Digital RAW originals of each of the images are kept, then using Photoshop CS3 they are resized to Jpgs and the object identification number is added to each image, for uploading to our Collection Database (KE EMu).
It is hoped that with the photographs available on the Powerhouse Museum's website there will be less need to access the original drawings, reducing wear and tear on the original objects. This initiative is part of the Total Asset Management project at the Powerhouse Museum.
Written by Chris Brothers
Photographer, May 2008.
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