Keeping the photo studio picture perfect

Feb 18, 2015

Recently, two Historic New England staff members, Digital Photographer Tim Tiebout and Collections Technician Adam Osgood, teamed up to give our Haverhill Facility photo studio an important cleaning and reorganization. This process ensures that our state-of-the-art photography equipment and priceless collection items are handled in a safe, clean environment at a museum standard of care.

The studio has been humming in recent months with many fascinating projects including the recently completed wallpaper digitization project, digitization of the Irving & Casson – A. H. Davenport Company archive, and ongoing support of the Collections Care Project.

These special initiatives take place in addition to the day-to-day work of shooting images for the documentation, conservation, and publication of Historic New England’s vast and varied holdings. A typical photography session can feature collection items ranging from large architectural fragments, furniture, and sculpture to delicate and small items such as ephemera, personal adornment, and works on paper.

Hundreds of images are generated weekly, often with more than one photo shoot happening in the same space at the same time. It’s no wonder the studio needs regular TLC to keep things running smoothly.

Digital photography is one of the most important tools of preserving the unique information that each collection object holds. It allows Historic New England to fulfill our mission of serving the public by sharing our collection online. Visit Collections Access Portal to see all the great work being done at the Haverhill Facility photography studio and explore the rich history of New England.

Please consider a donation to the Collections and Conservation Fund to help us to continue this important work.