·  Matthew Butson
Vice President of Hulton Archive
·  Lenny Hanson
Conservator of Hulton Archive
·  Sarah McDonald
Curator of Hulton Archive
·  Lee Shoulders
Director of Archival Film Content
·  Fox Photos Daybooks
·  Le Grice X-Ray Photograph
·  Roger Bannister breaks four-minute mile, 1954
·  London Stereoscopic Company
·  Rod Steiger, 1955
·  Blondin Crossing Niagara Falls, 1858
·  Tennyson's Idylls of the King, 1873
·  The Great East River Suspension Bridge, 1886
·  Hay Elevator, 1937
·  Eva Peron, 1951
·  Marilyn Monroe, 1956
·  Lauren Bacall, 1954
·  The Express Collection
·  Conservation
 
Eva Peron, 1951
Photographer: Unknown for Keystone Press Agency

Images of Eva Peron making a speech were requested by the company filming the motion picture Evita (1996), starring Madonna. The series of original diacetate negatives were found in a seriously reticulated state. We embarked on the lengthy and delicate conservation process for diacetate negatives, which required separating the image-bearing emulsion from its plastic support and subbing layers, and transferring it to glass plates. These very important negatives, recording the life of a legend, are now preserved for posterity.

Read Matthew Butson's article "As Good as New (Eva Peron)"


The original diacetate negatives have reticulated - with different layers making up the structure of the negative. The acetate support, subbing layers, image bearing emulsion etc., have all responded differently to fluctuations in temperature and humidity causing 'crinkling' of the negative.


The image-bearing emulsion itself is undamaged, and once separated from the original acetate support and repositioned onto a new glass plate, the image can be printed. It is virtually as good as the day it was shot!


The image bearing emulsion is separated from the damaged acetate support and subbing layers and repositioned on a new sheet of glass using weak PVA solution. The delicate process can take up to five hours.


Conservator Lenny Hanson showing the emulsion repositioned on a new glass support and the almost perfect print taken from it.

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