Members Directory

The Members Directory is a new service where you will be able to find AHFAP members that offer commercial imaging services to the cultural heritage industry in the UK.

The directory and its contents are offered in good faith. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information and AHFAP does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in the details listed. Classified entries of members’ services does not imply any form of recognition, recommendation or guarantee of the member or the products and services provided. Readers are advised to check any information offered in the directory to their own satisfaction before relying upon it.

The directory is listed in alphabetical order.

To be listed in the directory please send an email to webteam@ahfap.org.uk, listing costs £15 per membership year. Details should include the following: company or trading name, contact name and telephone, address and web address and skills, in no more than 300 characters including spaces.

Trading NameContact NameTelephoneAddressWeb/email AddressSkills and Expertise
Antonia Reeve PhotographyAntonia Reeve+44(0)7808 474 926
+44(0)131 346 0469
4/1 Grosvenor Gardens
Edinburgh EH12 5JU
U.K.
www.antoniareeve.co.uk
antonia@antoniareeve.co.uk
I have many years experience in photographing for Galleries, Museums, Conservators, Artists , Craftsmen and private owners.

This includes Artwork Photography, Installation & Architectural Photography, Press and PR, and Digital Archiving.
Claire Collins PhotographyClaire Collins07961 108831Peckham, South East Londonwww.clairecollins.com
claire@clairecollins.com
With over 15 year’s experience in Photography I specialise in the Cultural and Heritage sector, as well as fine art and antiques. I have been trained and have extensive experience in handling and photographing all manner of objects of all shapes, sizes and materials, including rare books and fragile works on paper and I have a full understanding of museum practices. I offer a friendly and professional service, producing high quality, fully colour managed imagery both for record purposes and/or creative images for publication.
Colin White Photography and Digital ImagingColin White07530 330293204 Albyn Road, Deptford, London, SE8 4JQwww.niepce.co.uk
colin.white@niepce.co.uk
With over 20 years experience of photography and digital imaging in the cultural heritage sector Colin White Photography and Digital Imaging offers UK wide solutions for creative/technical photography, photography workflow, colour management, image quality management and image asset management.
Cultural Heritage Digitisation LtdJames Stevenson, Ken Jackson07562 894001, 07967 650614Kensal Rise, London W10www.culturalheritagedigitisation.co.uk
info@chdigitisation.co.uk
CHD is formed by the partnership of two experienced cultural heritage photographers James Stevenson and Ken Jackson. Both have worked in UK National Museums and have a combined experience of 50 years in this field. This experience of photographing almost every type of cultural object means that CHD has great confidence in satisfying customer needs.
DigitisingArt.CoMax Browne07966 436973Highgate, London/ Painswick, Gloucestershirewww.digitisingart.co
info@digitisingart.co
I have nearly 30 years experience as a freelance cameraman/photographer and am based in both London and the Cotswolds. An art history background has led me to specialise in photographing paintings and works on paper and video work includes shooting documentaries, infomercials and presentations for websites and TV.
Extensis Europe LtdRichard Bamford01604 654270Suites 17 & 18, Newton House
Northampton Science Park
Kings Park Road, Moulton Park
Northampton
NN3 6LG
www.extensis.com/heritage
info@extensis.com
Celebrating more than two decades in business, Extensis® is a leading developer of software and services for creative professionals and workgroups. Their solutions streamline workflows, securely manage digital assets and fonts, and control corporate typographic branding. Used by a huge number of Heritage and Culture institutions in the UK and all around the world, Extensis Digital Asset Management solution Portfolio, helps organizations centralize, find, manage, and convert photography, flat art scans, programs, catalogues, and digitised ephemera associated with collection objects.
Gary OmblerGary Ombler07973 666279Oxfordwww.garyombler.com
gary@garyophoto.com
Available for freelance commissions, with 20 years experience in traditional and digital photography. A specialist in photo illustration of artefacts, flat artwork and museum objects on location, for museums and major book publishers. All photography is produced with a high end digital backs for the highest quality images and true 16 bit colour. A good understanding of museum practices, I can offer an excellent service with a fast turnaround.
GenusSimon Brown024 7625 4955Hammond Close, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 6RYwww.genusit.com
info@genusit.com
We offer a wide range of digitisation equipment and services. Specialising in the digital capture of rare, fragile and specialist material. Our free consultancy, 'white-glove' handling approach and state-of-the-art digitisation studio ensure we work to the highest possible standards.
Hugh Gilbert PhotographyHugh Gilbert07973 14272980 - 100 Gwynne Road, London, SW11 3UWwww.hughgilbert.com
hugh@hughgilbert.com
Presenter of Hot Shots, Photography MasterClass in Architecture, for Discovery Programme. Judge for the Association of Photography Awards. He has an ongoing project, photographing artists in their studios. Hugh specialises in 360 degree Virtual Reality imaging, and high resolution photography of Art Works for reproduction and publication
Jamie Woodley PhotographyJamie Woodley07973 834929High Street Banwell BS29 6AAwww.jamiewoodley.co.uk
jamiewoodleyphoto@tiscali.co.uk
After postgraduate training with the Arts Council I have had twenty five years of commercial practice working in galleries and museums at regional and national level. I am highly skilled at the capture of temporary installation and permanent exhibition spaces and their audiences, from traditional displays to the most challenging contemporary art and public works in every sort of location.

My collection photography for archives, editorial features and websites has recorded every medium, from oils and miniatures, Arts and Crafts furniture and silver, to 3000 year old Chinese bronzes.
Justin Webb PhotographyJustin Webb07909 522 304Beckenham, South-East Londonwww.sculptedwithlight.com
info@sculptedwithlight.com
I am freelance photographer with a photographic degree, with a strong
interest in history and fine art. I possess considerable expertise and
practical experience in photographing historic and fine art objects,
sculpture, artefacts and fragile works on paper. I operate to very high
technical standards including consistency in colour management and lighting
design, post production, digital imaging and digital archiving to museum
industry standards. I have practical experience of museum environments and
standards, including location setups in temporary studios.
Kevin ThomasKevin Thomas01558 668938Hafodlas
Llanarthne
Carmarthen
SA32 8JD
kevinthomasphoto.co.uk
kevinthomasphoto@btinternet.com
Having spent a lifetime in museum photography I am now available for freelance commissions. Specialising in photography of works of art, museum objects, furniture and antiques, archive material, archaeological subjects, numismatics and industrial objects.
Peter HugginsPeter Huggins07785 311449The studio,
Wayside,
Honeycombe Road,
Little Plumstead,
Norwich, NR13 5HY
www.huggins.co.uk
pete@huggins.co.uk
Pete huggins studio and location photography for advertising and commerce. I have been freelance since 1980 after 11 years as a Medical Photographer. Many of my clients now include museums and Art collections and I’ve contributed to many catalogues and books in this field, as well as Architecture, Travel and Food.
Stuart Burford PhotographerStuart Burford07957 509 83645 Colwood gardens London SW19 2DSwww.stuartburford.co.uk
stuart@stuartburford.co.uk
Fine Art Photographer
All images are photographed using a high-end Hasselblad camera and Elinchrom lighting equipment to ensure the correct colour values and tones, all images are colour callibrated using an x-rite colour card, and delivered in a r.g.b tiff format with a Forga39 colour profile.
TownsWeb ArchivingPaul Sugden01536 713834PO Box 6041, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 7ZDwww.townswebarchiving.com
enquiries@townswebarchiving.com
We are specialists in digitising old, fragile, and precious cultural heritage collections. We have photographed all manner of historic and archival items – from books, journals and photographs; to 35mm slides, microfilm and oversize maps.

We also offer unique digital collections management software for organising and accessing digital image collections, and a web design service for creating bespoke searchable image gallery websites.

Organisations we have worked with include Marks & Spencer, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, English Heritage, The Royal Photographic Society and others.
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Paolozzi: Mosaics to Maquettes

Author: John Bryden

In February 2016 I was tasked with digitising a large number of mosaic pieces which once comprised an Eduardo Paolozzi mural, previously installed in Tottenham Court Road Tube Station, London in 1984. The work of the Scottish artist was acquired by the University of Edinburgh Art Collection in October 2015 following its removal from the tube station arches by Transport for London.

The dissipate mural consisted of approximately 500 fragments spread over 42 boxes and 4 pallets. Dependent on what percentage of the original mural we had actually acquired, the initial long-term plan was to reconstruct the mural and install it within the university campus, giving it a new life. From the outset however, it became clear that piecing it all back together again would be challenging. We decided to attempt to digitally reconstruct the mural first to give a better idea of the potential for physical reconstruction. This would also help us establish what percentage of the whole mural was represented among the pallets and boxes….an unusual, but exciting, project to say the least!

On a technical level, I used a Hasselblad-H4 camera and professional, Bowens studio lights within my digitisation process. To begin with, I captured several mosaic fragments in one shot and then went on to crop, and edit, each piece individually before saving as a separate, new file. The tricky part came in ensuring that the scale of each fragment would be represented correctly with every image produced. I, therefore, set the camera at a distance from the mosaics that would represent a 1:1 ratio in scale, placing a ruler within each raw image capture in order to make minor adjustments at a later stage if necessary. The result meant that, when using the images in image processing software, the pieces would be of a relative size to one another. If the size of the fragments was incorrect then this would only cause problems further down the line when trying to complete this very large digital jigsaw puzzle. Further, the faces/upside of the mosaics had to be perpendicular to the focal plane of the camera and, collectively, the mosaics had to be of equal distance to focal plane. The same principles applied for the positioning of the ruler itself. This confirmed that perspectives would not be distorted and that the relative size of the mosaics would remain consistent throughout the project.

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The image management process for this project involved saving the final cropped images as both tiff and png files. Having cropped directly around the edges of each fragment (i.e. with no background around the mosaic itself), the png files would then allow the fragments to be arranged edge to edge where possible. This process was key regarding the next stage of the project.

The images of the mosaics were then transferred to Professor Bob Fisher of the University’s Informatics Department. This cross departmental work seems particularly fitting as Paolozzi had close ties to the Informatics department and this relationship is visible in the form of several Paolozzi sculptures dotted about the Informatics buildings. With the help one of his PhD students, Professor Fisher used image recognition software, that he had developed, to digitally piece back together the fragments so to reflect the original design of the mural as best as possible. Professor Fisher had access to original images of the Paolozzi Mural in situ at Tottenham Road Tube Station which served as a vital reference point. To give a simple analogy, these original images would act as the cover image you would see on the box of a jigsaw puzzle, with the images of the individual mosaic fragments representing the pieces inside the box.

Art Collections Curator, Neil Lebeter, and I produced a short video interview with Professor Bob Fisher and Phd student, Alex Davies, where they discuss their work process, the challenges, and uniqueness, of this particular project and the results they have found to date. It is an interesting watch!

https://vimeo.com/170003917

Since the making of this interview the project plans have developed in light of Bob and Alex’s findings. In August 2016 the University employed a Public Art Officer, Liv Laumenech. As well as caring for, and developing the public art collection, she also has the responsibility of figuring out what to do with the fragments. Given that a large portion of the arches are missing, to reconstruct the arches now seems an unlikely option. The next step that has been taken is to organise an interdisciplinary symposium in February 2017 that will bring together Paolozzi experts, conservators and mosaicists to brainstorm ideas for redisplay and use of the fragments with students. Until such time as a decision is made regarding their redisplay, the mosaics have been used in teaching and as part of visits by researchers and the general public to the art collection.

Having completed my side of the Paolozzi Mosaics Project, I have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to digitise a large number of Paolozzi maquettes which are also part of the University of Edinburgh Art Collection. The collection encompasses a wide range of weird and wonderful pieces. Among his maquettes we can see where he began developing his ideas for what became his piece, The Manuscript of Monte Cassino (also known as the ‘big foot’), situated outside St Mary’s RC Cathedral here in Edinburgh.

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Digitising the mosaic fragments involved a more consistent photographic approach in terms of camera positioning and lighting, whereas working with the maquettes has offered slightly more freedom in this regard. I have been lighting and positioning each maquette in a way that best exhibits the physical attributes of that particular object. Here are a number of the maquettes pictured below.

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We have also had Digital Heritage specialist Clara Molina Sanchez in the studio carrying out 3D work on one of the maquettes. This should render a high quality 3D visualisation of the object. Currently we are looking at ways of delivery such 3D images online. Here, Clara has kindly allowed us to show an interesting behind-the-scenes shot of her setup.

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John Bryden

Project Photographer

Digital Imaging Unit

University of Edinburgh

 


 

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