Digital archiving – b&w negatives

Certainly the oldest media (after paper!) we have created ourselves – is the humble black and white photographic negative (as early as glass plate, or box-brownie 120 film or 2.25 square). In fact this is the easiest of the old media to digitize given the easy accessibility to scanners. Although a camera, with a Macro function, aimed at a back-lit negative can produce very good results – which then are inverted and manipulated in photo-shop.

It was never our intention to cover this media, however how can we possibly ignore it? It is incorporated into historical documentaries as probably the only remaining visual imagery. And the moving picture version as used in the days of Charlie Chaplin movies has clearly survived the ages and can be brought up-to-date in added-value environments such as the Charlie Chaplin Museum above Vevey.

1. Check out our 1963-2018 “Time Warp” video.

2. Coming is another technical post on yet more home-made devices showing the original construction photographs and the same device as it is today.

3. And looking back even further is a post on ‘Meccano’ construction and the same parts as they are today. (In progress).