Silver Gelatin Photograph

Joe Louis 1950 (7.5” x 9.5”)

In 1950, a local newspaper captured this image of famous boxer, Joe Louis. The owner of the photograph, who’s grandfather is one of the young men reaching out to touch Joe’s fist, wanted to restore the damaged image and then have copies made to share with other family members. Before digital restoration was considered, an attempt to locate the original negative was made.  Unfortunately, the archive of images from this time period had

all been destroyed in a fire. This left only one option, to scan and digitally restored the original photograph. The digital image was resized to a standard 8 x 10 and printed on glossy archival photographic paper. A stunning transformation can be seen as the memory of this once in a lifetime event is preserved for future generations to enjoy.