Scanning an original carries with it the responsibility to preserve all the information inherent within the medium both in terms of the image as well as the physical condition. Fine art scanning requires the same dedication for each scan, time and again and differs from normal “scanning” both in terms of preparation, execution and the final result.

All scans are undertaken inside our dedicated scan lab. Here we operate a humidity controlled dust free environment. We begin by checking the way the originals have been packaged or sleeved for any undue sticking due to previous handling. We then remove the film from the sleeve and analyse the emulsion and carrier sides respectively using high magnification optics before preparing the drum for scanning.

When preparing the drum we offer three methods of application; totally dry, oiled or wet. Out of these we recommend the wet process as it offers the most transluscent bond between film and drum, leaves no marks on the emulsion surface as it evaporates when exposed to the air and requires no cleaning solvent which in turn reduces risk of abrasion to the film surfaces. Our wet solution is utilized by many museums around the world and conforms to Amercan Library of Congress standards.

True fine art scanning requires the same output quality regardless the size of the final print. Our drum scans ensure that the finest details, deepest shadows and lightest highlights are present in the raw file. We scan from 35mm up to 30x40 film/originals at a true optical resolution as high as 12000pp. Our scan colour space is custom profiled and ICC.4 conformant.