Inga at the Beach, 1961

1961 – Inga Schweim poses for the photographer at a beach near Kiel, Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Diving into the family archives is for me also a trip through various photo techniques. The first color print shows up in the early 1950s; before that it was all black and white. But color prints and negatives remain rare until the 1970s.

This is one of those rare color shots. It shows my mother at the age of 19 on a beach near Kiel, Germany, on a sunny summer day. A beautiful memory of the best time in her life – if only the print would not show the terrible red shift. The image below shows the original as it looks today. It’s not a joy to look at this image.

Fortunately, I could recover the image to show what the photographer has probably seen back then, and how the print probably looked like when it came back from the lab 60 years ago. Lovely.

60 years after having been originally developed by the lab, the photo print shows a terrible red shift and only faintly resembles what the photographer had seen. © Mark Zanzig/

The high resolution image

Capture DateSummer 1961
LocationKiel, Germany
Image Source7 x 10 cm Print from Original Negative Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3253 x 4731 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/

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