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Mon, Sep 7th - 8:05AM

Is it possible to restore panoramic photographs?
Over the years Panorama photo have become very popular but have been around for some time. Most often you will find school photos and groups of large people shot in panorama such as army, navy, and military groups. The longest Panorama I have restored is 53 inches wide! The photo was of  the 17 windmills of Kinderdijk - Kinderdyke in Holland. It was shot on wide format film, at a guess on 6cm roll film and used a rotating camera to turn the film and the camera head at the same time, to expose a length of film long enough to produce a photo 53 x 10 inches long. The original was left outside in the rain still in its frame and as a result stuck to the glass and had to be peeled off in order to be scanned. The restoration took a long time and at 47 Million pixels it was re printed on high quality archive ink jet paper.

 Close up detail of 53 inch panorama
Typical damage right across the whole panorama.

Right side close up detail of 53 inch panorama
The above is a small section from the far right hand side of the panorama showing just how detailed it is!

Panorama after restroation

Typically this type of photo is stored rolled up and in the loft. Moisture in the air and the constant heat and cold will have made the paper brittle, so when it is unrolled it may crack. Be careful it may break up. Should you decide to get it restored then it will have to be unrolled to be scanned. If you are posting it please put the rolled photo into a piece of large diameter tube, a carpet roll is best, or roll loosely and put in a card board box, padded out with tissue. A reunion of old army fellows, or royal navy chums often calls for the photos to be pulled out from storage but be prepared for some damage to be evident but do not fear as they can be restored. If there are many faces in the image, perhaps as many as 500 or more and the damage runs through the faces then the image can take some time and money to restore. If complete faces are missing and fully restored photo is required then the only way to fill in the gaps is with another face.
  • Yes Panorama images can be restored
  • Post them rolled up in a carpet tube
  • The y will cost much more than a normal 10x8 to restore
  • They will be re reprinted on archive quality paper with archive inks up to 60 inches wide
I hope this helps Neil
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