Sebastian Wintermute Studio

Sebastian Wintermute Studio Museum quality photo restoration, preservation, and photo archiving services for private clients, publishing, documentary film production, genealogy research and all those interested in preservation of visual history and ancestral legacy.
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For over a decade Sebastian Wintermute has been providing a full range of restoration and conservation services including; expert restoration of photographs, high resolution photo scanning and digital archiving, reproduction of photographs and documents. Sebastian's knowledge of art, photography and restoration techniques makes him a true expert in the field of photo restoration, while his deep kn

For over a decade Sebastian Wintermute has been providing a full range of restoration and conservation services including; expert restoration of photographs, high resolution photo scanning and digital archiving, reproduction of photographs and documents. Sebastian's knowledge of art, photography and restoration techniques makes him a true expert in the field of photo restoration, while his deep kn

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RESTORATION OF A DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELTAn original 1887 NYPD Patrolman Appointment Certificate signed by ...
07/09/2021

RESTORATION OF A DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT

An original 1887 NYPD Patrolman Appointment Certificate signed by future President Theodore Roosevelt was brought to our studio in the state of high deterioration. Glued to a cardboard, it was wrinkled and yellowed with the signature of Theodore Roosevelt barely legible.

A LETTER FROM THE CLIENT: What a wonderful job you done on the restoration of the 110 year old certificate we recently located in our family archives. The certificate was signed by future US President Theodore Roosevelt when he was Commissioner of the New York City Police Department. The purpose of the certificate was to appoint our ancestor as member of the Department.

In 1897, our ancestor was a recent immigrant to the United States. The certificate was torn, faded, darkened and carried just about every impediment to legibility which one could imagine. However, you proceeded diligently and with care to rejuvenate this 1897 document into nearly good as new condition. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Very truly yours,
David

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/nypd-certification-signed-by-theodore-roosevelt.html

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #savinghistory #newyork #nyc #newyorkcity #police #policeforce #nypd #nypdhistory #theodoreroosevelt #roosevelt

RESTORATION OF A DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT

An original 1887 NYPD Patrolman Appointment Certificate signed by future President Theodore Roosevelt was brought to our studio in the state of high deterioration. Glued to a cardboard, it was wrinkled and yellowed with the signature of Theodore Roosevelt barely legible.

A LETTER FROM THE CLIENT: What a wonderful job you done on the restoration of the 110 year old certificate we recently located in our family archives. The certificate was signed by future US President Theodore Roosevelt when he was Commissioner of the New York City Police Department. The purpose of the certificate was to appoint our ancestor as member of the Department.

In 1897, our ancestor was a recent immigrant to the United States. The certificate was torn, faded, darkened and carried just about every impediment to legibility which one could imagine. However, you proceeded diligently and with care to rejuvenate this 1897 document into nearly good as new condition. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Very truly yours,
David

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/nypd-certification-signed-by-theodore-roosevelt.html

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #savinghistory #newyork #nyc #newyorkcity #police #policeforce #nypd #nypdhistory #theodoreroosevelt #roosevelt

RESTORATION OF A VINTAGE COLORIZED PHOTOAn oil-tinted portrait had an unevenly cut off border, missing parts, paint stai...
07/09/2021

RESTORATION OF A VINTAGE COLORIZED PHOTO
An oil-tinted portrait had an unevenly cut off border, missing parts, paint stains, major creases, and flaked emulsion layer.
During the restoration the missing areas were filled in and carefully retouched to match the pattern of the old photo background. The scratches and tears were mended and the restored image was color corrected to bring back the original tones.

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/restoring-old-colorized-and-cropped-photo.html

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #savinghistory #familyhistory #photogram #blackandwhitephotography #americana #vintage #folkart #folkartpainting #photocolorizing #colorized

RESTORATION OF A VINTAGE COLORIZED PHOTO
An oil-tinted portrait had an unevenly cut off border, missing parts, paint stains, major creases, and flaked emulsion layer.
During the restoration the missing areas were filled in and carefully retouched to match the pattern of the old photo background. The scratches and tears were mended and the restored image was color corrected to bring back the original tones.

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/restoring-old-colorized-and-cropped-photo.html

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #savinghistory #familyhistory #photogram #blackandwhitephotography #americana #vintage #folkart #folkartpainting #photocolorizing #colorized

RESTORATION OF AN OLD POSTCARDAn old photo postcard was missing major parts as well as most of the decorative border. Th...
07/09/2021

RESTORATION OF AN OLD POSTCARD
An old photo postcard was missing major parts as well as most of the decorative border. The postcard was repaired by careful replication of the intact parts of the border and filling in missing areas.

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/restoring-old-postcard-with-torn-off-parts.html

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #savinghistory #familyhistory #photogram #blackandwhitephotography #americana #vintage #oldpostcard #postcards #oldpostcard #postcardgram #vintage #vintagepostcards

RESTORATION OF AN OLD POSTCARD
An old photo postcard was missing major parts as well as most of the decorative border. The postcard was repaired by careful replication of the intact parts of the border and filling in missing areas.

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/restoring-old-postcard-with-torn-off-parts.html

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #savinghistory #familyhistory #photogram #blackandwhitephotography #americana #vintage #oldpostcard #postcards #oldpostcard #postcardgram #vintage #vintagepostcards

RESTORATION OF AN OLD OIL TINTED GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPHThis colorized old graduation photograph showed extensive flaking ...
07/09/2021

RESTORATION OF AN OLD OIL TINTED GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPH

This colorized old graduation photograph showed extensive flaking of the oil paint and photo emulsion. The missing parts of the face presented a real challenge but were successfully restored by interpreting shapes from additional photographs of the subject.

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/restoration-of-old-oil-tinted-photograph.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #savinghistory #familyhistory #photogram #blackandwhitephotography #americana #vintage #folkart #folkartpainting #photocolorizing #colorized

RESTORATION OF AN OLD OIL TINTED GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPH

This colorized old graduation photograph showed extensive flaking of the oil paint and photo emulsion. The missing parts of the face presented a real challenge but were successfully restored by interpreting shapes from additional photographs of the subject.

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/restoration-of-old-oil-tinted-photograph.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #savinghistory #familyhistory #photogram #blackandwhitephotography #americana #vintage #folkart #folkartpainting #photocolorizing #colorized

RESTORATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH DAMAGED IN A HOUSE FIREShortly after Lindbergh's historic flight, on July 4th, 1929 two youn...
07/09/2021

RESTORATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH DAMAGED IN A HOUSE FIRE

Shortly after Lindbergh's historic flight, on July 4th, 1929 two young aviators flew a daring mission to complete the first and only Air Mail delivery from Long Island to Fire Island.
Unfortunately, years later the unique photograph capturing the historic moment was damaged in a house fire. The edges of the photograph were charred, the surface was scratched and covered with dirt and soot, and burn marks.

After careful cleaning the photograph was scanned and retouched to remove the appearance of the damages. The resulting image was enlarged and printed to commemorate the important and unusual even in history of Long Island and the US Postal Service.

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/restoration-of-fire-damaged-photograph.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #firedamage #savinghistory #familyhistory #photogram #blackandwhitephotography #usps #fireisland #discoverlongisland #exploreliny #exploreny

RESTORATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH DAMAGED IN A HOUSE FIRE

Shortly after Lindbergh's historic flight, on July 4th, 1929 two young aviators flew a daring mission to complete the first and only Air Mail delivery from Long Island to Fire Island.
Unfortunately, years later the unique photograph capturing the historic moment was damaged in a house fire. The edges of the photograph were charred, the surface was scratched and covered with dirt and soot, and burn marks.

After careful cleaning the photograph was scanned and retouched to remove the appearance of the damages. The resulting image was enlarged and printed to commemorate the important and unusual even in history of Long Island and the US Postal Service.

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/restoration-of-fire-damaged-photograph.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#restoration #genealogy #familytree #oldphotos #photorestoration #firedamage #savinghistory #familyhistory #photogram #blackandwhitephotography #usps #fireisland #discoverlongisland #exploreliny #exploreny

RESTORATION OF A VINTAGE FAMILY PORTRAIT.A large, beautiful family photo portrait, dating to the beginning of 20th centu...
05/24/2021

RESTORATION OF A VINTAGE FAMILY PORTRAIT.

A large, beautiful family photo portrait, dating to the beginning of 20th century, was rolled up and stored like that for many years. An attempt to unroll it caused the photograph to break into pieced with many of the pieces becoming separated.
The photograph had to be humidified, flattened and mended before being scanned, retouched, printed, and made ready for framing.

RESTORATION OF A VINTAGE FAMILY PORTRAIT.

A large, beautiful family photo portrait, dating to the beginning of 20th century, was rolled up and stored like that for many years. An attempt to unroll it caused the photograph to break into pieced with many of the pieces becoming separated.
The photograph had to be humidified, flattened and mended before being scanned, retouched, printed, and made ready for framing.

A beautiful belt buckle made with pieces of old Dutch porcelain showing a view of the area of New Amsterdam now known as...
05/19/2021

A beautiful belt buckle made with pieces of old Dutch porcelain showing a view of the area of New Amsterdam now known as the South Street Seaport. A present from legendary East Village artist Jim “The Mosaic Man”.

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#JimPower #MosaicTrail #AstorPlace #MosaicMan #MosaicManNYC #Artists #EastVillage #NYC #nyhistory #newyorkcity #maritimeheritage #nyhistory #newyorkcity #southstreetseaport #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins

A beautiful belt buckle made with pieces of old Dutch porcelain showing a view of the area of New Amsterdam now known as the South Street Seaport. A present from legendary East Village artist Jim “The Mosaic Man”.

https://mosaicmannyc.com

#JimPower #MosaicTrail #AstorPlace #MosaicMan #MosaicManNYC #Artists #EastVillage #NYC #nyhistory #newyorkcity #maritimeheritage #nyhistory #newyorkcity #southstreetseaport #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins

A beautiful belt buckle, a present from the legendary East Village Jim “Mosaic Man”.https://mosaicmannyc.com#JimPower #M...
05/19/2021

A beautiful belt buckle, a present from the legendary East Village Jim “Mosaic Man”.

https://mosaicmannyc.com

#JimPower #MosaicTrail #AstorPlace #MosaicMan #MosaicManNYC #Artists #EastVillage #NYC #nyhistory #newyorkcity #maritimeheritage #nyhistory #newyorkcity #southstreetseaport #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins

A beautiful belt buckle, a present from the legendary East Village Jim “Mosaic Man”.

https://mosaicmannyc.com

#JimPower #MosaicTrail #AstorPlace #MosaicMan #MosaicManNYC #Artists #EastVillage #NYC #nyhistory #newyorkcity #maritimeheritage #nyhistory #newyorkcity #southstreetseaport #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins

CLEANING A PHOTOGRAPH FROM SMOKE RESIDUEOver time, to***co smoke residue build-up containing ni****ne and other harmful ...
04/24/2021

CLEANING A PHOTOGRAPH FROM SMOKE RESIDUE

Over time, to***co smoke residue build-up containing ni****ne and other harmful chemicals can ruin valuable paintings and photographs. The ugly, yellowish-brown sticky film would coat any surface, making photographs lose their original appearance and destroying the photo emulation layer.
Cleaning a photograph that has great sentimental value but unfortunately became covered with smoke residue should be left to the professionals photo restoration specialist who will exercise outmost care and use proven methods and proper solvents to restore the photograph and to prevent the further damage.

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/cleaning-old-smoke-damaged-photograph.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#photorestoration #artconservation #restore #restoration #savinghistory history #clean #smoke #smokey #smokedamage #smokedamagerestoration #conservation #restoration

CLEANING A PHOTOGRAPH FROM SMOKE RESIDUE

Over time, to***co smoke residue build-up containing ni****ne and other harmful chemicals can ruin valuable paintings and photographs. The ugly, yellowish-brown sticky film would coat any surface, making photographs lose their original appearance and destroying the photo emulation layer.
Cleaning a photograph that has great sentimental value but unfortunately became covered with smoke residue should be left to the professionals photo restoration specialist who will exercise outmost care and use proven methods and proper solvents to restore the photograph and to prevent the further damage.

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/cleaning-old-smoke-damaged-photograph.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#photorestoration #artconservation #restore #restoration #savinghistory history #clean #smoke #smokey #smokedamage #smokedamagerestoration #conservation #restoration

RESTORATION AND COLORIZATION OF A HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHPortrait of Milan Rastislav Stefanik the co-founder the state of Cz...
04/24/2021

RESTORATION AND COLORIZATION OF A HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH

Portrait of Milan Rastislav Stefanik the co-founder the state of Czechoslovakia was restored from damaged glass plate negative taken during the sitting for an official portrait.

The black and white photograph was restored and colorized, accurately recreating the appearance of WWI uniform and the military decorations as they were confirmed by research and consultations with experts in military history, decorations and uniforms.

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/colorizing-old-photograph.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#photorestoration #artconservation #restore #restoration #savinghistory #war #history #army #military #genealogist #familyhistory #familytree #ancestry #ancestors #československo #czechoslovakia #praha #prague #ww1 #soldier #worldwar1 #wwI #thegreatwar

RESTORATION AND COLORIZATION OF A HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH

Portrait of Milan Rastislav Stefanik the co-founder the state of Czechoslovakia was restored from damaged glass plate negative taken during the sitting for an official portrait.

The black and white photograph was restored and colorized, accurately recreating the appearance of WWI uniform and the military decorations as they were confirmed by research and consultations with experts in military history, decorations and uniforms.

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/colorizing-old-photograph.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#photorestoration #artconservation #restore #restoration #savinghistory #war #history #army #military #genealogist #familyhistory #familytree #ancestry #ancestors #československo #czechoslovakia #praha #prague #ww1 #soldier #worldwar1 #wwI #thegreatwar

PRESERVING FAMILY HISTORYSebastian Wintermute offers high quality scanning and digital archiving of important family doc...
04/24/2021

PRESERVING FAMILY HISTORY

Sebastian Wintermute offers high quality scanning and digital archiving of important family documents, photographs, and photo albums, providing scans of unprecedented quality and retention of details, with the highest degree of attention given to preservation and safety of the originals.
A rare Civil War Union Army Discharge Certificate was very faded with much of the text written in iron gall ink lost or made unreadable by creases and stains. What made this document so unique was the list of battles and skirmishes that the soldier fought in, written on the back of the document.

A letter from the client:

Sebastian,

I would just like to let you know how truly impressed I am with the outcome of the restoration services you provided. When I submitted my Civil War Discharge document I was nervous as this is a family treasure, thus very important to my family. Not only is the original restored and preserved magnificently, but the replication of this document is truly amazing. It mirrors and captures the look and feel of the original work. Without fail, it exceeded my expectations.

Furthermore, you frequent updates and research of this document during the period you preformed the restoration process was far more than outstanding. It allowed me to relax while my family relic was in your trust and care. The work is simply beautiful and I know that it will be admired by friends and family for years to come. You have a customer for life!

Thanks,
Mike

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/digital-archiving-family-records.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#photorestoration #artconservation #restore #restoration #savinghistory #civilwar #war #history #army #military #genealogist #familyhistory #familytree #ancestry #ancestors #family #familyreunion #americanhistory

PRESERVING FAMILY HISTORY

Sebastian Wintermute offers high quality scanning and digital archiving of important family documents, photographs, and photo albums, providing scans of unprecedented quality and retention of details, with the highest degree of attention given to preservation and safety of the originals.
A rare Civil War Union Army Discharge Certificate was very faded with much of the text written in iron gall ink lost or made unreadable by creases and stains. What made this document so unique was the list of battles and skirmishes that the soldier fought in, written on the back of the document.

A letter from the client:

Sebastian,

I would just like to let you know how truly impressed I am with the outcome of the restoration services you provided. When I submitted my Civil War Discharge document I was nervous as this is a family treasure, thus very important to my family. Not only is the original restored and preserved magnificently, but the replication of this document is truly amazing. It mirrors and captures the look and feel of the original work. Without fail, it exceeded my expectations.

Furthermore, you frequent updates and research of this document during the period you preformed the restoration process was far more than outstanding. It allowed me to relax while my family relic was in your trust and care. The work is simply beautiful and I know that it will be admired by friends and family for years to come. You have a customer for life!

Thanks,
Mike

http://www.sebastianwintermute.com/portfolio/digital-archiving-family-records.html

© 2021 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

#photorestoration #artconservation #restore #restoration #savinghistory #civilwar #war #history #army #military #genealogist #familyhistory #familytree #ancestry #ancestors #family #familyreunion #americanhistory

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F - 2nd Ave. (Houston & 1st Ave. exit) J, M, F - Delancey & Essex St.

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(212) 598-5847

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For over a decade Sebastian Wintermute has been restoring and preserving historic and ancestral photographs and documents, from camera obscura portraits of American settlers to NASA documentation of Apollo Moon missions; from American Revolution era documents signed by the Founding Fathers of the United States to pictures of the WWII American GIs crossing the Rhine and faded Polaroid snapshots taken at the Woodstock music festival. Sebastian's knowledge of art, photography and restoration techniques makes him a true expert in the field of photo restoration, while his deep knowledge and passion for history often turns seemingly simple restoration project into fascinating journeys of discovery of long forgotten names and places.

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I searched all over and read countless reviews before selecting someone to restore a photo that was taken during my grandmother’s wedding back in 1948. I cannot express how thrilled I am that I chose Sebastian to do so. From the onset, he was extremely responsive and informative about the process. Before agreeing to take on the job, he had me send over a scan to ensure that he could perform his services to my satisfaction. We then had a phone call to talk through the process and to confirm the scope was correct. Upon receipt of the finished product, I couldn’t be happier. The missing pieces of the photo were miraculously repaired as if they were never lost. Sebastian had so much enthusiasm during the whole process, I couldn’t recommend him more.
EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qqDuEP4okw
SW did a fantastic job on a small photograph from 1932. Copied it, improved it, enlarged it. Very happy with the result. He was easy to work with in all ways.