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Simulation of the fading of photographic three-color materials: a new tool for the preservation field
Author(s): Franziska S. Frey; Rudolf Gschwind; James M. Reilly
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Paper Abstract

Photography and motion pictures play an important role in our society as information carriers, artistic medium, and historical document, representing cultural values which have to be preserved. The emerging electronic imaging techniques help in developing new methods to accomplish this goal. The dyes of common photographic three-color materials are chemically rather unstable. Both the thermodynamic and the photochemical stability is low. As a result, millions of photographs and thousands of films deteriorate, if not preserved and stored under optimal conditions. It is of great interest to curators of museums that house photographic or cinematographic collections to simulate and visualize the fading process. A multimedia production including images and further information offers a direct and convincing way to demonstrate the different effects of various storage alternatives on dye loss. This project is an example of an interdisciplinary approach that includes photography, conservation, and computer science. The simulation program used for the creation of the faded images is based on algorithms developed for the reconstruction of faded color photographic materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2410, Visual Data Exploration and Analysis II, (7 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.205939
Show Author Affiliations
Franziska S. Frey, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Rudolf Gschwind, Univ. of Basel (Switzerland)
James M. Reilly, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2410:
Visual Data Exploration and Analysis II
Richard N. Ellson; Georges G. Grinstein; Robert F. Erbacher, Editor(s)

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