Photographic Digitisation

Photo Digitisation
Example of photographic digitisation. Andrea Jaeger and Martina Navratilova Wimbledon, 1983.

Photographic Digitisation

In 1998 Max was launched as a company which provided photographic scanning services. Digitisation and scanning of photographs remains one of our cornerstone digitisation services today and photographic digitisation makes up a significant part of the work that we do. We have undertaken a large number of photographic digitisation projects including, recently, digitising Mercie Lack's and Barbara Wagstaff's fascinating photographic record of the excavation of the famous Anglo Saxon longship at Sutton Hoo. These images can additionally be viewed at the site itself.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the images we are able to obtain, regularly, consistently and over thousands of photographs. The digitised images often find their way into leading publications and exhibitions. Scanning photographic material for publication and archival purposes requires the highest levels of care and precision. It is essential that the full tonal range of the image is captured and not lost during the digitisation process. To preserve the optimum level of colour and detail on each image, we use the latest equipment and have a fully colour-managed production workflow.

As part of our service range we can also convert photographic negatives into digital photos where necessary.

Some of the clients for whom we have provided photographic digitisation include:

  • National Trust - Sutton Hoo
  • Tate Gallery
  • BBC
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Royal Opera House
  • King's College London
  • Courtauld Institute
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Wallace Collection
  • Royal Collection
  • REME
  • Richard Young Photography

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I have worked with Max Communications and the team for some years. In recent work with their Archivematica iteration in the College Archives and Corporate Records Unit, and other digital work required by varying cohorts in Imperial, Max Communications have been responsive, innovative and demonstrated great problem-solving abilities. The Max Communications team, from the top down, is approachable, friendly and keen to help.

An example is in their engagement for some major confidential scanning projects. The projects were discussed, scoped and agreed to a high standard of hand scanning. Benchmarking was agreed to our satisfaction when the project started, with a fast progress time for the work. They provided rapid access to files, including digitising out of sequence, e.g. one such turn around for hand scanning, editing and proofing a large file was within 3 hours. The digital delivery was by secure online transfer, and the hard disks and hard copy delivered securely by courier.

On a lighter note, digitisation of 1960s academic cine film was carried out promptly and to a high standard, such that it can be reshown at a major conference

--Anne Barrett | College Archivist & Corporate Records Manager | Imperial College London
Photo Digitisation
Example of photographic digitisation. Andrea Jaeger and Martina Navratilova Wimbledon, 1983.