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By: Sherif Afifi | September 02, 2017

Antique Photographs Process Identification Android App

Whether you are an archivist at a large museum, a volunteer at a local historical society, or the family historian, it’s important to know the vintage and type of photographs in your collection. 

Numerous types of photographs appeared and then went out of favor throughout the 1800s. So, the first step in narrowing the possible date for your old photograph is to be able to identify 19th-century photographs to determine what type you have. The information provided in this handy and light application can turn you into a proficient photo detective.

Process Types

Through this FREE android application (Antique Photograph Process Identification), you will find various information about most known antique photographs types. whether it is a direct positive like Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, and Tintype, or from a negative for instance, Salted paper print, gelatine prints, and albumen prints.etc.
Ther information in this application covers the main features of the identified type and its layers and support materials, in addition, some information about its deterioration features.
Mostly it will include a YouTube video about how this type is made and other examples on Google Cultural Institute 
Some other useful links are added to the application for the most well-known photograph institution as well as some Youtube videos about photographs conservation techniques which have been applied in most cases for some research purpose by me.

NEW Interface and options are coming soon
At the time being, I am working hard to update this application with new features and options for naive users, which will make antique photographs identification easier for those who are not professionals or not fully familiar with photo types to help them at least to get a basic idea of their family and private photograph collection. 
FREE Download of this Application from Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=antique.photo.tech

Disclaimer:
This application gives you basic information about antique photographs types, but if you would like to take action to those photographs you should consult an expert before taking any action.

Here is a video show you how this Android application works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-GxWGMSPUM

Download it for FREE
Antique Photograph Process Identification 





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By: Sherif Afifi | August 29, 2017


Albumen prints are composite objects with complex chemical and physical structures. Different materials lead to very complicated structures, which react and respond differently to external and internal influences. These structures make them more prone to damage as compared to other objects during some conservation treatment processes; a water treatment sometimes is the only alternative available, especially in conserving rare books which are illustrated with albumen prints, and this alternative can affect not only the paper substrate but also the albumen print.


In this study, a diagnostic of 19th-century Carte de Visite (CDV) albumen prints, has been performed before and after water treatment in order to evaluate the possibility of removing ...

By: Sherif Afifi | December 23, 2016

Albumen print primary support is usually very thin and fine paper, so dealing with such paper needs very careful hands and skilled as well specifically if you will do any wet treatments.

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This video demonstrating a process of removing albumen print from its secondary support.
(the removal was for some research propose only not for conservation)
Watch this video

https://youtu.be/onq_RkUjnXI




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By: Sherif Afifi | August 09, 2016

Water damage to Antique photographs


 A group of antique photographs (silver gelatin) become as one due to water damage happened to the collection, these photos was heavily glued together with the effect of PVA (Poly Vinyl Acetate) residues that was used during adding these photos to the photo albums in the past

photos as one block
A restoration and conservation process action to these photographs has been done to split them off trying different techniques starting from the simple humidification process passing through ultrasonic cold steam which shows no result at all after trying these tow techniques for several hours.
finally, we decided to mechanically split them into some groups every group of photos was heavily stuck together, and then we start to immerse individually each group of stacked photos into distilled water and very carefully separated them.

this video shows the full process

Water damage to Antique photographs


if you do not know what is your antique photograph type here is a FREE Android application makes you easily identify your collection.



Antique Photographs

Identifying 19th Century Photograph Types free Android Application.

Numerous types of photographs appeared and then went out of favor throughout the 1800s. So, the first step in narrowing the possible date for your old photograph is to be able to identify 19th-century photographs to determine what type you have. The information provided in this handy and light application can turn you into a proficient photo detective.

Download it for free here
or copy and paste this link to your browser 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=antique.photo.tech


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