photography spread throughout the Western world in the 1850s, not just
for sentimental needs but as a reinforcement of social status, economic
class and the institution of the family - more particularly that of
The rising Victorian
middle classes hardly needed photography to cure existential insecurity.
What they did want was to own some version of the painted portrait,
which was, of course, the prerogative of the gentry. Apart from silhouettes,
perhaps, there was no other means of having an image of oneself. It
is hard for us now to image what it must have been like for the vast
majority, never to have had their image in their hands.
Mirrors tell us what we are like, but it is too easy to see there what
we want to see. A photograph is a harder, tougher version of the truth.
It has a concrete existence. It can be passed from hand to hand. It
is evaluated not only by our friends but, perhaps, by our enemies. It
becomes part of our history.
'Photographic-Restoration' to sympathetically repair and preserve those
treasured records of the past.
contact us for our current price guide. We will do our best to offer
you a very competitive price. However, in this line of work, almost
every restoration is different ... but we enjoy a challenge!