CULTURAL HERITAGE

CULTURAL HERITAGE IMAGING

Cultural Heritage imaging is rooted in the idea of preserving the past for the future. The need for digitization of historic collections in museums and libraries is rapidly growing, with increasing focus on public access, research and preservation of information for the future. Institutions with valuable collections often have a dedicated photographic studio for creating photographs of sensitive material, or for producing paper copies for researchers and scholars, protecting the original objects from wear and damage. Preserving the past for the future is often a race against time, as much of the material has a limited lifespan before it is gone forever, thus solutions that enable rapid capture are not only necessary, but often crucial.

All Cultural Heritage collections are unique and diverse. In order to address this diverse nature, Phase One invests in developing, implementing and delivering specialized and tailored solutions, designed to produce the best output quality, while ensuring material safety and efficient workflow. Explore the different types of collections that Phase One Cultural Heritage solutions address below.

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Archives and Manuscripts

An archive and manuscript collection includes documents, drawings, maps, manuscripts, photos, newspapers, musical scores, letters, post cards, and other flat objects in all sizes and shapes.

This type of work often requires a “set and forget” workflow where the camera and software are set up so that large numbers of flat objects can be recorded quickly while maintaining high resolution and accurate, consistent color and luminosity.

The high resolution of the Phase One Digital Backs allows capturing several smaller objects at the same time, thus increasing speed and efficiency.

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Rare Books

A large part of the Cultural Heritage community works on digitization of rare and delicate bound materials, such as books. Digitization of books often requires special attention to the binding, that can be fragile, and will determine how the material can be treated in the process. This fact can sometimes be the limiting factor when looking for fast capture turnaround.

Using a leveled glass plate with the camera set for fixed focus on a copy stand will accelerate the capture process, and photographing both pages at the same time with one or two cameras will also increase productivity.

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Transparent Film and Glass Plate Negatives

This type of collection includes vintage glass plate negatives, medium and large format negatives, transparencies, including 35mm mounted slides, microfilm and all other transparent material.

Uniform illumination of the materials with good color reproduction is mandatory so that all color information may be retrieved during processing, sometimes involving inverting the image from negative to positive.

There is a tremendous speed advantage in the instant medium format capture over scanning, which can speed up the process by a factor of 300 or more.

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Fine Art

Collections with 3D and large flat objects such as sculptures, pottery, decorative arts and paintings, are often captured from a tripod in the photo studio or in the gallery and exhibition halls, ideally with uniform lighting to suit the object’s character and the curator’s requirement.

Best results are always obtained by using medium format camera solutions; either based on an SLR-type, or view cameras with tilt & shift movements. The fastest workflow solutions are comprised of a camera system such as the Phase One XF, available with the highest resolution sensors on the market, to capture the most detail and accurate color in a flexible set up.

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Multi-Spectral Imaging

Multi-spectral lighting systems, in conjunction with the use of narrow-band optical filters and special image processing can be utilized to retrieve and discover information in materials that have been subject to damage or decay that is invisible under normal lighting conditions. This provides invaluable data for the research and conservation processes.

Phase One offers a number of unique camera solutions capable of capturing wide-spectrum color, as well as narrow-band achromatic images.

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Special Digitization

Many objects that are fragile or sensitive due to various types of damage and decay are often very sensitive to human touch and thus require careful handling. Using high resolution, high precision cameras and optics allow researchers and scholars to perform non-invasive investigation and analysis with minimal or no exposure to aggressive light rays or chemicals, and bring out data that cannot be retrieved with traditional imaging techniques.

3D scanning combined with advanced photogrammetry, image analysis and calculation tools are used for measuring and evaluation of damage in historical objects. The same technology is used for creating exact replicas of precious sculptures and art work.

CULTURAL HERITAGE IMAGING

Cultural Heritage imaging is rooted in the idea of preserving the past for the future. The need for digitization of historic collections in museums and libraries is rapidly growing, with increasing focus on public access, research and preservation of information for the future. Institutions with valuable collections often have a dedicated photographic studio for creating photographs of sensitive material, or for producing paper copies for researchers and scholars, protecting the original objects from wear and damage. Preserving the past for the future is often a race against time, as much of the material has a limited lifespan before it is gone forever, thus solutions that enable rapid capture are not only necessary, but often crucial.

All Cultural Heritage collections are unique and diverse. In order to address this diverse nature, Phase One invests in developing, implementing and delivering specialized and tailored solutions, designed to produce the best output quality, while ensuring material safety and efficient workflow. Explore the different types of collections that Phase One Cultural Heritage solutions address below.

My Image

Archives and Manuscripts

An archive and manuscript collection includes documents, drawings, maps, manuscripts, photos, newspapers, musical scores, letters, post cards, and other flat objects in all sizes and shapes.

This type of work often requires a “set and forget” workflow where the camera and software are set up so that large numbers of flat objects can be recorded quickly while maintaining high resolution and accurate, consistent color and luminosity.

The high resolution of the Phase One Digital Backs allows capturing several smaller objects at the same time, thus increasing speed and efficiency.

My Image

Rare Books

A large part of the Cultural Heritage community works on digitization of rare and delicate bound materials, such as books. Digitization of books often requires special attention to the binding, that can be fragile, and will determine how the material can be treated in the process. This fact can sometimes be the limiting factor when looking for fast capture turnaround.

Using a leveled glass plate with the camera set for fixed focus on a copy stand will accelerate the capture process, and photographing both pages at the same time with one or two cameras will also increase productivity.

My Image

Transparent Film and Glass Plate Negatives

This type of collection includes vintage glass plate negatives, medium and large format negatives, transparencies, including 35mm mounted slides, microfilm and all other transparent material.

Uniform illumination of the materials with good color reproduction is mandatory so that all color information may be retrieved during processing, sometimes involving inverting the image from negative to positive.

There is a tremendous speed advantage in the instant medium format capture over scanning, which can speed up the process by a factor of 300 or more.

My Image

Fine Art

Collections with 3D and large flat objects such as sculptures, pottery, decorative arts and paintings, are often captured from a tripod in the photo studio or in the gallery and exhibition halls, ideally with uniform lighting to suit the object’s character and the curator’s requirement.

Best results are always obtained by using medium format camera solutions; either based on an SLR-type, or view cameras with tilt & shift movements. The fastest workflow solutions are comprised of a camera system such as the Phase One XF, available with the highest resolution sensors on the market, to capture the most detail and accurate color in a flexible set up.

My Image

Multi-Spectral Imaging

Multi-spectral lighting systems, in conjunction with the use of narrow-band optical filters and special image processing can be utilized to retrieve and discover information in materials that have been subject to damage or decay that is invisible under normal lighting conditions. This provides invaluable data for the research and conservation processes.

Phase One offers a number of unique camera solutions capable of capturing wide-spectrum color, as well as narrow-band achromatic images.

My Image

Special Digitization

Many objects that are fragile or sensitive due to various types of damage and decay are often very sensitive to human touch and thus require careful handling. Using high resolution, high precision cameras and optics allow researchers and scholars to perform non-invasive investigation and analysis with minimal or no exposure to aggressive light rays or chemicals, and bring out data that cannot be retrieved with traditional imaging techniques.

3D scanning combined with advanced photogrammetry, image analysis and calculation tools are used for measuring and evaluation of damage in historical objects. The same technology is used for creating exact replicas of precious sculptures and art work.

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Use the form below or contact Martin Wessel-Tolvig on +971 55 874 8931 or Richard Butterfield on +971 50 644 2315

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Use the form below or contact Martin Wessel-Tolvig on +971 55 874 8931 or Richard Butterfield on +971 50 644 2315