Why Don't Documentaries Restore Photos?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Ken Hall, May 22, 2004.

  1. Ken Hall

    Ken Hall Guest

    Does anyone know (not guess) why many documentary shows such as Ken
    Burns PBS do nothing to restore the photos they use. I often see
    severely damaged photos which detract significantly from the picture
    and which could be greatly improved or totally restored to their
    original appearance by a competent photo restorer.

    Ken Hall, May 22, 2004
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    edjh Guest

    I think sometimes they do but sometimes they don't because they feel it
    adds atmosphere to the story. The Burns' things are usually pretty savvy
    edjh, May 22, 2004
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    Rick Guest

    Why don't you call Ken Burns and ask him?

    Rick, May 22, 2004
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    Paul J Gans Guest

    I think that there may be a feeling that any restoration
    adds some of the restorer's view to the image.

    ----- Paul J. Gans
    Paul J Gans, May 23, 2004
  5. Ken Hall

    jjs Guest

    Principles, perhaps?
    jjs, May 23, 2004
  6. Ken Hall

    Gareee© Guest

    Probably just cost. It not only takes time, but money to restore old photos,
    and if you are using 30-40 for a show, and each takes a week to clean up
    properly, then that would delay the show by months, PLUS would add a hell of
    a lot to the budget.
    Gareee©, May 23, 2004
  7. Ken Hall

    Guest Guest

    Probably do to time involved. Money and copyright ownership. Not to mention
    the problem with them being accused of revisionist history if they restored
    a Photo, then there is no proof that it wasn't altered in some other way
    besides just correcting tears and such. Most because of the time and money
    involved. The probably have limited budgets being PBS and all and far more
    important things to do.

    Besides it would be like restoring the Titanic to do a documentary on it.

    Guest, May 23, 2004
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    Uni Guest

    Very well said, Paul. In other words, there's no such thing as a perfect

    Uni, May 24, 2004
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    JP Kabala Guest

    Just a guess, but I suspect it's a style thing.
    A visual shortcut to "this is old and original"
    in the viewer's mind.
    If you want to see an effective use of archival
    and pseudo-archival still photography, both
    restored and not, rent Seabiscuit on DVD
    It's a very "pretty" movie and moves from
    stills to film, sepia/b&W to color, and John
    Ford-like sweeping cinematography to more
    intimate stuff-- it's a visual treat.
    JP Kabala, May 24, 2004
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