A Transformative Process: the London Scanning Team

From newspapers to billboards and table mats to set design, find out more about the people responsible for ensuring Bridgeman imagery is the highest possible quality prior to being licensed and taking on a life of its own.

Bridgeman in-house scanning department. From left Dave Nicol, Katrien Demoor, Paola Fumagalli.
Bridgeman in-house scanning department. From left Dave Nicol, Katrien Demoor, Paola Fumagalli.

 

 Additional services provided by the Bridgeman scanning team 

Provide isolated details on request

Supply the client with larger file size if required

Remove frame shadows, spotting, any other blemishes

Supply printed proofs alongside the digital file if necessary

Color black and white engravings and sepia tone old photographs (see below)

Check first printer proofs from clients for orientation, color quality, cropping and advise accordingly

We hold transparencies as well as high resolution files and thus we are in the unique position of being able to go back to the original photography.

 

 

King Louis XIV of France in the costume of the Sun King in the ballet 'La Nuit', 1653 (original and later colouration), French School, (17th century) / Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
King Louis XIV of France in the costume of the Sun King in the ballet 'La Nuit', 1653 (original and later colouration), French School, (17th century) / Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

 

 

The transformed Sun King is used to illustrate an article in Sunday Times Culture. 24.10.10
The transformed Sun King is used to illustrate an article in Sunday Times Culture. 24.10.10

 

Quality Control:
Working with Artist's Estates

Dave Nicol has been with Bridgeman for eight years and oversees the scanning department. Two ICG colour drum scanners quickly produce the highest quality scans of all types of transparencies.

The team has built up reciprocal relationships with key artists’ estates, including those of Picasso, Mondrian, Chagall and Matisse. This enables expert quality advice on inaccessible artworks during tight deadlines. Visits to exhibitions with image proofs in hand also help the team compare digital files directly with the original works of art.

 

Colombe avec Fleurs, 1957 by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Private Collection
Colombe avec Fleurs, 1957 by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Private Collection

 


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