West Lake Conservators provides conservation treatments and environmental condition assessments of individual photographs and collections, from 19th century processes to contemporary materials.
Photographs are particularly susceptible to inadequate environmental conditions. Physical damage, such as superficial grime and tears, can be reduced and repaired although often times the damage to the image layer is irreversible. In those cases, preservation measures of rehousing and providing appropriate environmental levels may slow the progression in deterioration.
In some cases, in addition to conservation treatment, our lab can produce an enhanced digital replica of the image. Our services include condition reports on individual photographs, collection surveys, emergency response, and disaster recovery.