Portrait of a Lady, 1910

1910 – A young lady poses in an armchair for the photographer. Scan © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

Every once in a while I share photos from our family archive. Here’s a 1910 photo a beautiful young lady of maybe 20 years as she sits in an armchair posing for the photographer.

This image challenged my editing skills as the original print is in a terrible condition (see color calibrated scan below.) It has faded a lot. There are many color stains and countless little specks all over the print. One small portion at the armrest was even missing. The overall exposure was okay, though, and better than what I’ve seen before from this photographer.

I tried to restored the image to come as closely as possible to the (perceived) intent of the photographer. Today, it’s a nice 21 Megapixel image that can hopefully survive the next centuries, somewhere.

In case you are wondering how the print looked before the editing, i.e. now – here’s the calibrated scan:

Color calibrated scan of a 1910 portrait photo found in the Zanzig/Gorber family archive. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The high resolution image

Capture Date1910
Image Source8 x 11.5 cm black & white print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3881 x 5402 Pixels
CopyrightScan © by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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