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PHOTO RESTORATION : Sebastian Wintermute Studio
For over a decade he has been helping people to preserve and to restore photographs and documents that otherwise would literally fade away into oblivion.
NEW YORK PHOTO RESTORATION STUDIO : location & hours
Museum quality photo restoration and photo preservation service. Photo scanning and digital archiving. Restoration of photographs for genealogy research, documentary film production, archives, publishing and historical research. Serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, New Jersey, Long Island and all other States and Territories.
PHOTO RESTORATION SERVICE : Lower East Side / East Village
Located on culturally vibrant, historical Lower East Side of New York City Sebastian Wintermute Studio provides high quality photo restoration, photo archiving and photo scanning services for private clients, archives, publishing, documentary films, genealogy research and all those interested in preservation of visual history and ancestral legacy. Being within walking distance from a number of subway stations makes it easily accessible from Brooklyn and Queens as well as Midtown, Upper East and Upper West Side. Those living on the Lower Manhattan, the Wall Street and Battery Park areas, East Village, Soho, Nolita and Chinatown, don't have to walk far to reach the location of the studio. Find on Google Map
PHOTO RESTORATION SERVICE : Midtown Manhattan, NY
Clients who prefer to meet in Manhattan Midtown Area can schedule an appointment at a location conveniently situated on East 47th Street, close to Grand Central Station, right between the 5th and Madison Avenues. Find on Google Map
RESTORATION SERVICE : documentary film production, historical research, book publishing, and genealogy research
Many collections of historic photography and documents, while steeped in meaning and emotional value, are too fragile to handle or too delicate to display. Accurate reproductions can easily solve these issues. These faithful facsimiles facilitate display to wider audience as illustrations of an institution's legacy or corporate history, or serve as meaningful pieces of fine art.

Other clients who often find themselves in need of expert photography restoration are publishers of historical books and periodicals, documentary filmmakers, genealogy researchers, and all others who appreciate attention to details and accuracy of high quality restoration.

He has been entrusted to restore photographs and documents not only by private clients nation wide, but also by some of the most prestigious businesses and institutions.

His work appeared in many publications and displayed in distinguished institutions such as; New York Fencers Club, Greek Orthodox Archdioceses, The Masonic Lodge of New York, and Boy Scouts of America.

PHOTO ARCHIVING : photo scanning, photo to digital transfer
Custom photo archiving and photo scanning service. Scanning of old photographs, photo albums and documents. Digitizing of slides, negatives and prints.
PHOTO RESTORATION FAQ : what, how and how much does it cost?
Questions about photo restoration service, quality and process. How much photo restoration costs, how long does it take, how is it done and what to expect?
PRICE LIST : photo restoration, photo scanning and archiving

While the usual cost of restoring a photograph may be less that of a serving of Afternoon Tea for two at The Plaza Hotel, restoration of exceptionally damaged photographs, museum quality restoration and conservation, or projects that require personalized service do command justifiably higher prices.

An accurate estimates can be provided only upon thorough examination of the original and is based on a number of factors including client’s requirements for the final image size, tone, print quality and materials, and even the lighting conditions where the restored photographs will be displayed.

EXAMPLES OF PHOTO RESTORATION : before and after
Examples of photo restoration before and after from Civil War tintypes to Polaroid snapshots taken at Woodstock.
CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS : photo restoration service reviews & ratings
What can I say? Sebastian is a miracle worker! His restoration of some very damaged photos, pre WWII, is nothing short of remarkable. His meticulous work has helped bring back to life my relatives who perished in the Holocaust.
RESTORATION OF A TORN PHOTOGRAPH : old Hollywood movie still
Restoration of a photograph printed from a still shot taken on the set of an early Hollywood movie. The photograph suffered many tears, scratch marks and missing parts of the emulsion.
RESTORATION OF AN OLD PHOTOGRAPH OF MANHATTAN : Flatiron District - 5th Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street
Restoration of a photograph of the intersection of 5th Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street before the construction of the Flatiron Building.
RESTORATION OF AN OLD FADED PHOTOGRAPH : view of the Madison Square
Restoration of faded photograph with the view of the old Madison Square Garden presented a challenge since sections of the original photograph were missing and it was showing uneven fading, but excellent quality and sharpness allowed the photograph to be restored to its former beauty. Restoration began with making a high-resolution scan of the image.
PHOTO RESTORATION : restoration of old, faded, torn and otherwise damaged photographs
Expert photo restoration service. Restoration of old, faded, torn and otherwise damaged photographs.
DOCUMENT RESTORATION : conservation, archiving and digitizing
Document conservation, preservation and digital archiving service.
PHOTO RETOUCHING : photo coloring, photo collages & photo cards
Photo retouching including photo tinting, colorizing of black and white photographs and creation of custom photo collages.
RESTORATION SERVICE : documentary film production, historical research, book publishing, genealogy and ancestry
Photo restoration and photo reproduction for documentary film production, historical research, publishing, genealogy and ancestry research, and all those dedicated to preservation of visual history.
RESTORATION AND COLORING OF AN OLD PHOTOGRAPH : New York Plaza Hotel
Restoration and coloring of 19th century photograph of New York Plaza Hotel. The photograph required careful cleaning and retouching of some missing parts of the building and it's surrounding.
RESTORATION OF A TORN PHOTOGRAPH : 1920s wedding
This beautiful wedding picture taken at the beginning of the 20th century was brought to the studio in many separate pieces.
RESTORATION OF THE CIVIL WAR DOCUMENT : 20th Anniversary Discharge Certificate
Restoration of Civil War anniversary military discharge certificate listing all the engagements, regiments and commanding officers under which the person served, suffered tremendous amount of damage.
RESTORATION OF FADED AND DAMAGED PHOTOGRAPH : USNS Eltanin
Restoration of photograph of Antarctic Oceanographic Research Ship USNS Eltanin taken during of or the expeditions and bearing the imprints of the official emblem.
RESTORATION OF WWII PHOTOGRAPH : 1945 MacArthur and Eisenhower
Reproduction of autographed photograph of World War II heroes, General MacArthur and General Eisenhower taken during their meeting.
RESTORATION OF A ROLLED UP PHOTOGRAPH : flattening and repair
Restoration of a rolled up photographs. Restoration process starts with a careful unrolling and flattening of a photograph, The procedure consists of controlled humidification, which introduces moisture into the layers of the photo emulsion and the paper and make them pliable followed by slow drying.
RESTORATION OF BOY SCOUT HEROISM AWARD CERTIFICATE : restoration of a torn and taped document
Commissioned by The Ten Mile River Scout Museum 1930 Boy Scout Heroism Award for saving a man from drowning was carefully restored to be presented to the original recipient on his 95th birthday.
RESTORATION OF WWII NEWSPAPER : flattening, mending and copy of an old newspaper
Restoration of 1942 newspaper with an article about rescue of Merchant Marines of the ship torpedoed by German submarines.
RESTORATION OF A DAMAGED PHOTOGRAPH : Henri Matisse in New York
A rare photograph of Henri Matisse taken during his stay in New York.
RESTORATION OF A STAINED PHOTOGRAPH : mildew, cracks and stains
The original photograph was heavily stained by mildew and exhibited many marks and scratches from age and mishandling.
RESTORATION OF A FADED AND STAINED PHOTOGRAPH : 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games
Restoration of a photograph from 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games showing members of New York Fencers Club including the future general George S. Patton.
RESTORATION OF AN OLD POLAROID PHOTOGRAPH : flattening and preservation of a faded Polaroid
Many old Polaroid pictures become discolored, cracked and curled. Such photographs have to be restored with extreme care. Scratches and tears may result in separation of layers that cause further damage to the image.
DOCUMENT RESTORATION : 1968 Shelby Convertible build sheet
Dealers, owners, collectors and restorers of rare vintage cars, boats or airplanes often require copied of a build sheet and other documents to to complete restoration of the original.
RESTORATION OF SPORTS MEMORABILIA PHOTOGRAPH : autographed by Muhammad Ali
To preserve the value of the signature, a high resolution digital copy of the photograph was made and retouched to remove all appearances of stains.
PHOTO RESTORATION AND COLORIZATION : 19th century Russian officer
Formal photo portrait shows Russian officer wearing a parade uniform of the Imperial Guard regiment, displaying a golden sword with which he was decorated for personal bravery in combat.
COLORING OF A BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH : digital painting techniques
This black and white photograph taken in early 1950s was carefully colored using advanced painting techniques. Restoration began with making a high-resolution scan of the image.
RESTORATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS FOR DOCUMENTARY FILM : Triangle: Remembering The Fire
Restoration of photographs for HBO documentary film Triangle: Remembering The Fire dedicated to 100th anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy.
RESTORATION OF A HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH : New York Dakota building
1880 photograph of the landmark Dakota building on Central Park West and 72nd Street in New York City predates the arrival of automobiles and shows the Upper West Side at a time when most of it was occupied by small farms and plots of waste land.
RESTORATION OF A CAMERA OBSCURA PORTRAIT : 19th century family portrait
A wonderful example of pre Civil War portrait was created with help of camera obscura where the image is first traced on a piece of paper laid over the ground glass of the camera.
RESTORATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH FOR BOOK PUBLISHING : New York Jewish History
This 1880s photo restored to be published in a book on Jewish history. The photograph was carefully retouched to remove creases, scratches and mildew stains.
RESTORATION OF AN OLD PHOTOGRAPH : 42nd Street Reservoir
Restoration of 19th century photograph of 5th Avenue and the old 42nd Street Reservoir (present location of New York Public Library). The photograph was a faded ghost of its original self.
DIGITAL DOCUMENT RESTORATION : restoration of an extremely damaged document
Due to the extent of the damage digital restoration was the only option to restore this award certificate from the American Games.
RESTORATION OF SPACE MEMORABILIA : Apollo 8 lift off
Photograph of Apollo 8 lift off was along with the NASA ID card belonging to one of the engineers who worked on the Apollo space program.
RESTORATION OF HAND COLORED PORTRAIT : 19th century family portrait
19th century family portrait was part of collection of Irish American family with history spanning for well over 150 years.
RESTORATION OF SPORTS MEMORABILIA AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH : 1963 New York Yankees
Restoration of a faded photograph of 1963 New York Yankees baseball team. It is likely that the photograph was framed and exposed to bright sun light. Later it was rolled up and put away in a manner that resulted in cracking and damage of photo emulsion layer.
RESTORATION OF SPACE PROGRAM DOCUMENT : Apollo 12 mission
One of the few official NASA documents flown to the Moon on board of Apollo 12 mission and signed by Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean.
RESTORATION AND REPLICATION OF AN OLD PHOTOGRAPH : restoration of a torn and stained photograph
Restoration of photograph commissioned by the New York Racquet & Tennis Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious sport clubs in the country.
RESTORATION OF AN OLD DIPLOMA : unrolling, flattening, restoration of an old paper document
Old university diploma was carefully flattened, cleaned and stabilized to prevent any further deterioration. The tears and the missing sections were filled and reinforced with pH neutral archival material. The document was then ready to be framed and displayed.
DIGITAL RESTORATION OF FADED PHOTOGRAPH : adding contrast and bringing out colors
A faded photograph reminiscent of an impressionists painting was faded to the point of almost total absent of colors.
RESTORATION OF A STAINED PHOTOGRAPH : fading and color shift
A beautiful photograph of young ballerinas reminiscent of impressionists paintings was heavily affected by chemical deterioration, exposure to dust and mechanical damage that resulted in missing parts at the corners of the picture.
RESTORATION OF DAMAGED COLOR PHOTOGRAPH : tears and missing parts
A faded photograph was brought in with cracks of the emulsion, missing parts, and localized color fading and discoloration.
RESTORATION OF A VELLUM DOCUMENT : flattening of a wrinkled vellum document
Many documents printed and written on parchment and vellum may become warped and shrunk if not properly stored and protected.
RESTORATION OF AN OLD PHOTOGRAPH : New York City 5th Avenue
A beautiful view of St. Patrick's Cathedral photographed at the time when the 5th Avenue was a quiet street perfect for an afternoon stroll, any place above 110th Street was considered to be the upstate.
RESTORATION OF PHOTOGRAPH DAMAGED BY CHEMICALS : household cleaners
The chemical burn damaged the photo emulsion of the Cibachrome print creating an ugly stain and discoloration over the entire picture.
PHOTO ANTIQUATION : special effects to produce a vintage look
Restoration of damaged photograph began with making a high-resolution scan of the image. After retouching the colors were applied to the restored image.
RESTORATION OF A HEAVILY DAMAGED PHOTOGRAPH : vintage Chris Craft speedboat
The photo of a vintage Chris Craft speedboat racing across Long Island Sound was affected by chemical deterioration resulted from improper photo processing.
RESTORATION OF CIVIL WAR UNION ARMY DISCHARGE PAPERS : restoration and replication of Civil War document
The rare Civil War Union Army Discharge papers was very faded with much of the text written in iron gall ink lost or made unreadable by creases and stains.
RESTORATION OF A HAND COLORED PHOTOGRAPH : mildew and silverfish damage
This beautiful hand colored photograph was found in the attic were it was neglected for many years. The owner became aware that silverfish had attacked the paper just in time for to fully restore this precious portrait.
RESTORATION OF 1887 NYPD DOCUMENT : signed by Theodore Roosevelt
The original 1887 NYPD patrolman nomination signed by future President Theodore Roosevelt was brought to the studio in the state of high deterioration.
RESTORATION OF ANTIQUE PHOTOGRAPH : chemical discoloration and stains
Restoration of this antique photograph began with making a high-resolution scan of the image.
RESTORATION OF CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPH : faded sepia print
Photographs dating back to the Civil War often exhibit fading, chemical deterioration and silver migration. Each of those images deserves careful consideration and preservation because of the historical significance that the are depicted on those photographs.
RESTORATION OF FADED WWI PHOTOGRAPH : Italian army serviceman in uniform
WWI photograph was restored to reveal the personalities of the two men posing on the picture and the appearance of Italian army uniform.
RESTORATION OF A FADED PHOTOGRAPH : damaged by exposure to sunlight
Restoration of a faded photograph began with making a high-resolution scan of the image. Photo scanning is a step importance of which is often underestimated by amateur and discount photo restoration services.
RESTORATION OF PHOTOGRAPH DAMAGED IN FIRE : 1929 Long Island
Restoration of photographs damaged by fire is always a challenge. In addition to burn marks photographs suffered water damage and became covered with dirt, soot and mold.
RESTORATION OF A TORN PHOTOGRAPH : missing parts and overall fading
Restoration of a torn and faded photograph began with making a high-resolution scan of the image.
RESTORATION OF A PANORAMIC PHOTOGRAPH : View of Lower Manhattan and South Street Seaport
Measuring over three feet across this 1899 panoramic view of Lower Manhattan and the South Street Seaport became unevenly faded and discolored with age.
RESTORATION OF AN OIL TINTED PHOTOGRAPH : damaged by magic markers
This oil tinted baby picture was damaged by magic markers that were generously applied to the photograph.
RESTORATION OF AN OIL TINTED PHOTOGRAPH : old school photo
Restoration of oil tinted photograph began with making a high-resolution scan of the image.
COLORING OF A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPH : portrait of Milan Rastislav Stefanik
Restoration and coloring of a damaged black and white photograph printed from a glass plate negative.
RESTORATION OF A DISCOLORED AND FADED PHOTOGRAPH : 1920s Native American
1920's signed portrait of Native American warrior of the Hopi Tribe wearing full ceremonial dress was carefully restored to remove all signs of damage and discoloration while preserving the intricate details of the outfit and the headdress.
RESTORATION OF A TORN AND DISCOLORED PHOTOGRAPH : panoramic print
Restoration of a torn photograph showing the elegance of yesteryears fashion. The photograph was carefully restored by putting together five separate pieces and removing all the signs of damage.
RESTORATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS FOR LEAVE YOUR SLEEP ALBUM : Natalie Merchant
Each photograph was restored so not only it could be printed in the albums booklet but also displayed on a screen during live concert.
RESTORATION OF AN OLD MAP : 17th century London
Restoration of 17th century map of London printed for and dedicated to Sir Robert Vyner (Viner), Lord Mayor of London (1674). The map had suffered cuts and scratches from broken glass when the frame was damaged during shipping.
RESTORATION OF A VINTAGE PHOTO PORTRAIT : tears and missing parts
Restoration of damaged photograph began with making a high-resolution scan of the image. After retouching the colors were applied to the restored image.