The task of digitising the 3000+ historic photographs that make up the Beatties Studio collection is underway!
Following John Beattie's death there was a fire that destroyed the studio. The history books wrongly say that the collection was also destroyed. In fact a great deal of it was lost, but the Stephenson family and their staff worked hard to save and rebuild it. Many of the negatives were stored off site and other images have been re-photographed from prints over the years. The collection was put back on public display in 1981.
In order to produce images of the very highest quality, the printing process has always been done by hand. The digitising process is being done the same way. With the aid of a very high resolution digital camera, each image is captured and developed to the same standards. As every negative is unique, so too is the attention and respect used to bring out the very best quality in the digital collection. The exacting standards set by John Beattie, Arch Stephenson, Bill Stephenson and William Stephenson during their time as custodians of this collection are being honoured. Customers will be delighted with the finished results.
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The Beatties Studio blog will provide some behind the scenes information on the studio, the collection of historic old Tasmanian photographs and the digitising process.