Deterioration of 19th century photographs is common, mostly because of the poor quality of materials, light, oxidation and just plain wear and tear. There is very little that can be done to reverse deterioration in a photograph. High resolution scans of photographs gives us the platform to digitally fix the affected areas.
Restoration – The goal of photo restoration is to erase the years of wear and tear and to return the photo to what it looked like when it was new.
Retouching – The goal of retouching is to take the original image to a higher level by enhancing its positive aspects and reducing or removing the distracting elements. The finished product becomes something more valuable than the original image because of those enhancements.
Copies made from the restored image on archival paper with fade resistant inks will insure that your family photo will be enjoyed for many more generations. The original photograph should be stored in a glassine envelope and then placed in a acid free archival box and stored in cool dry place.