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 knowledge and passion for history often turns seemingly simple project into fascinating journeys of discovery of long forgotten names and places.

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Ability to select a correct tool to be used on an important restoration project is a true test of skills and knowledge o...
10/10/2020

Ability to select a correct tool to be used on an important restoration project is a true test of skills and knowledge of any restoration and conservation artist. A special brush and a shovel were used to carefully remove the top layer of paint from a deck of Lightship Ambrose at The South Street Seaport Museum.

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RESTORATION OF A WWII US ARMY UNIT PHOTOGRAPH WWII panoramic photograph of group of US Army soldiers in training. This o...
10/08/2020
RESTORATION OF A WWII PANORAMIC UNIT PHOTOGRAPH

RESTORATION OF A WWII US ARMY UNIT PHOTOGRAPH

WWII panoramic photograph of group of US Army soldiers in training. This original framed photograph of Company A 12th Battalion IRTC (Infantry Replacement Training Center), commanded by Lt. F.E. Hall, in Fort McClellan, AL, in July 1943

The original framed photograph was damaged in a house fire with the print becoming stuck to the glass. A large part of the print became permanently attached to the glass and two brake lines were running across the glass. Blotches of water damage were covering the entire surface of the print requiring a general image cleanup and enhancement.

Upon completion of restoration an enlargement was made of a selected area to be printed and framed separately as a present to the veteran who participated in the training program.

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The image on a small medallion was the first one identified to be of Josephine Carlisi, one of the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. It was carefully restored for HBO documentary film Triangle: Remembering The Fire dedicated to 100th anniversary of that tragic event.

RESTORATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH FOR A DOCUMENTARY FILMThe image on a small medallion was the first one identified to be of J...
09/01/2020
RESTORATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH FOR A DOCUMENTARY FILM

RESTORATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH FOR A DOCUMENTARY FILM

The image on a small medallion was the first one identified to be of Josephine Carlisi, one of the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. It was carefully restored for HBO documentary film "Triangle: Remembering The Fire" dedicated to 100th anniversary of that tragic event.

Particular attention was given to preservation of the authentic look of the antique image while careful reconstruction of the facial features brought back the appearance of a young and beautiful woman who, among many others, tragically perished in the fire on March 25, 1911.

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The image on a small medallion was the first one identified to be of Josephine Carlisi, one of the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. It was carefully restored for HBO documentary film

IPSWICH WATCH, CLOCK & JEWELRY REPAIRThis is the only place that I trust with my watches. Philip is amazingly fast, effi...
08/23/2020
IPSWICH WATCH, CLOCK & JEWELRY REPAIR

IPSWICH WATCH, CLOCK & JEWELRY REPAIR

This is the only place that I trust with my watches.

Philip is amazingly fast, efficient, absolutely trustworthy, and you can't beat the price.
Any problem you have, from repairing a heirloom antique watch to replacing a battery in a modern sports watch, Philip will make sure your watch works as new and that it fits perfectly.

109 East 12th St
New York, NY 10003
tel: 917-536-0120

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From repairing a hairloom antique watch to replacing a battery in a modern sports watch, Philip will make sure your watch works as new and that it fits perfectly.

It may have been a small project, but it meant so much...Dear Sebastian, It gives me a great pleasure to send you a copy...
08/14/2020

It may have been a small project, but it meant so much...

Dear Sebastian, It gives me a great pleasure to send you a copy of our new publication, Early Years.
I'm sure that you will find it very edifying.
Thank you for your great work and your professionalism.

Rabbi Y Friedman.
Kehot Publication Society.

Special thanks for the beautiful print you made.
I deeply appreciate it.
It is a phenomenal photo.

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RESTORATION OF A FADED AND STAINED PHOTOGRAPHEven the most damaged and stain-covered photos can be restored to their ori...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF A FADED AND STAINED PHOTOGRAPH

Even the most damaged and stain-covered photos can be restored to their original appearance.

After drying and careful restoration, all the stains and marks are gone from the surface of the photograph.

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RESTORATION OF AN OLD WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHThis beautiful wedding picture taken at the beginning of the 20th century was br...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF AN OLD WEDDING PHOTOGRAPH

This beautiful wedding picture taken at the beginning of the 20th century was brought to the studio in in an extremely bad condition. Torn to shreds, with many parts missing, it set in the closet for may years, slowly deteriorating from exposure to harmful chemicals used to disinfect and to rig of the mold and mildew.

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RESTORATION OF A WATER-DAMAGED PHOTOGRAPH STUCK TO GLASSWhen a pipe bursts even the President of the United States and t...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF A WATER-DAMAGED PHOTOGRAPH STUCK TO GLASS

When a pipe bursts even the President of the United States and the First Lady may get sewage dirty water all over their faces and gowns.

To prevent such mishaps always hire reputable contractors and plumbers to install and to maintain your homes plumbing. But if a disaster strikes immediately call a professional restore who will be able to handle and to restore the damaged photograph.

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RESTORATION OF A ROLLED UP PHOTOGRAPHRestoration of a rolled up photograph or a document is one of the most challenging ...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF A ROLLED UP PHOTOGRAPH

Restoration of a rolled up photograph or a document is one of the most challenging and difficult of all restoration tasks. Because simply trying to unroll a photograph may cause additional damage if not total of the item, first the photograph has to be carefully humidified in order to introduce moisture into the layers of the photo paper and make it pliable.

Often the procedure has to be repeated many times with the photograph being carefully unrolled inch by inch. This particular photograph was not only rolled up and stored that way for many decades in a dry environment, it was also broken by careless handling. Fortunately the tear run only half through the photograph and no parts of the photograph were lost.

After the humidification, unrolling and flattening of the photograph were completed, the photograph was digitally scanned and retouched to remove all signed of damages. Light sepia tone was applied to the photograph to give the final image a delicate vintage appeal. The final image was printed on fine art photo paper to be framed and displayed by the owners of the original photograph.

© 2020 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

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RESTORATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH STUCK TO GLASSIf a photograph that was not properly framed was exposed to high levels of hum...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF A PHOTOGRAPH STUCK TO GLASS

If a photograph that was not properly framed was exposed to high levels of humidity or became wet because of flooding, the chances are that it would become partially or whole stuck to the glass. The problem could be compounded if the glass is broken or if someone makes a haphazard attempt to detach a photograph.

Smithsonian Institute Archive has a strong warning against such attempts, including putting a photograph into a microwave oven or a freezer, and recommends that restoration of such items should be trusted to professional and experienced photo restoration artist or conservation specialist.

Depending on extent of the damage a photograph can either be separated from the glass with a minimal loss or it can be restored by digital retouching and reproduction of the original.

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RESTORATION AND REPRODUCTION OF A HISTORICAL WWII PHOTOGRAPHExceptional care was given in making a copy of this extremel...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION AND REPRODUCTION OF A HISTORICAL WWII PHOTOGRAPH

Exceptional care was given in making a copy of this extremely rare autographed photo of World War II military leaders, General MacArthur and General Eisenhower taken during their meeting in Japan. After removing all signs of staining and filling in the missing areas, special attention was given to the reproduction of detail and color of the signatures. The bottom border texture and color were extended around the photo to recreate the original size of the print. Fine art giclée photo paper was used to print the image that perfectly matched the signed original.
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RESTORATION OF AN OLD POLAROIDWith time many Polaroid pictures become discolored, cracked, and curled. Carefully handled...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF AN OLD POLAROID

With time many Polaroid pictures become discolored, cracked, and curled. Carefully handled by an experienced restoration specialist even the most damaged photograph can be brought back to their original appearance and to be shared among family and friends.

© 2020 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

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RESTORATION OF A WATER DAMAGED PHOTOGRAPHDon’t let a basement flood ruin the family celebration. Have your parents weddi...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF A WATER DAMAGED PHOTOGRAPH

Don’t let a basement flood ruin the family celebration. Have your parents wedding photograph professionally restored and printed in time for the anniversary.

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RESTORATION AND COLORIZING OF A HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHThe glass plate negative taken during the sitting for Milan Rastislav...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION AND COLORIZING OF A HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH

The glass plate negative taken during the sitting for Milan Rastislav Stefanik official portrait for many years was left neglected in an a box of other photographs and negatives, slowly deteriorating.

After being cleaned, the plate was scanned at ultra high resolution using a professional photo scanner. The captured black and white image was restored and later hand 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.

© 2020 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

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SOMETIMES MIRACLES DO HAPPENClients testimonial: In my Mom's belongings I found a picture taken in Romania that was so d...
02/10/2020

SOMETIMES MIRACLES DO HAPPEN

Clients testimonial: In my Mom's belongings I found a picture taken in Romania that was so damaged I couldn't decide if it showed my Dad or Grandfather.

Sebastian managed to restore it so that all of a sudden I had the clearest picture of my dad as a young man (as I have never known him).

I can't thank Sebastian enough - he did an amazing job!

© 2020 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

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RESTORATION OF AN OLD AND STAINED PHOTOGRAPHThe photograph of a vintage Chris Craft speedboat racing across Long Island ...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF AN OLD AND STAINED PHOTOGRAPH

The photograph of a vintage Chris Craft speedboat racing across Long Island Sound was damaged by careless handling and at some point it also became covered with ink spots and numerous scratches.

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DIGITAL ARCHIVING OF PHOTO COLLECTIONS, FAMILY PHOTO ALBUMS AND DOCUMENTSSebastian Wintermute offers high quality photo ...
02/10/2020

DIGITAL ARCHIVING OF PHOTO COLLECTIONS, FAMILY PHOTO ALBUMS AND DOCUMENTS

Sebastian Wintermute offers high quality photo scanning and photo archiving of vintage photographs, photo albums, negatives and transparencies, providing scans of unprecedented quality and retention of details, with the highest degree of attention given to preservation and safety of the originals.

Each image is scanned individually removing the risk of damage that may be caused by an industrial automatic multi-page scanners. All digital files are manually color corrected and minor dust and scratches are carefully reduced without lowering image sharpness or quality assuring that clients receive the best possible scans of photographs, artworks or documents.

© 2020 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

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RESTORATION OF TORN AND FADED PHOTOGRAPHMending a valuable family photograph with scotch tape is a really bad idea. But ...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF TORN AND FADED PHOTOGRAPH

Mending a valuable family photograph with scotch tape is a really bad idea. But even such damaged and defaced photographs can be restored. The pieces of this beautiful family studio portrait were rejoined using pH neutral archival tape. With careful retouching all the lost pieces filled in and tears retouched to bring the photograph back to the original appearance.

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RESTORATION AND COLORIZING OF WWII PHOTOGRAPHSebastian Wintermute offers free photo restoration and photo archiving serv...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION AND COLORIZING OF WWII PHOTOGRAPH

Sebastian Wintermute offers free photo restoration and photo archiving services to the Holocaust survivors and combat veterans of WWII allied forces.

A small snapshot of a squad of American G. I.s and their faithful Willys Jeep on the road to the Rhine was carefully retouched to remove the folds, creases, and stains from the surface of the photograph. The restored image was enlarged and lightly colorized.

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CLEANING A PHOTOGRAPH COVERED WITH SMOKE RESIDUEOver time, tobacco smoke containing nicotine and other harmful chemicals...
02/10/2020

CLEANING A PHOTOGRAPH COVERED WITH SMOKE RESIDUE

Over time, tobacco smoke containing nicotine and other harmful chemicals build-up can ruin paintings, photographs. The ugly, yellowish-brown sticky film will coat any surface, making photographs lose their original appearance and destroying the photo emulation layer.

Cleaning a photograph that has great sentimental value should be left to the professionals who will excise outmost care and use proven methods and proper solvents to restore the photograph and to prevent the further damage.

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RESTORATION OF AN OLD AND FADED PHOTOGRAPHTo best way to protect valuable family photographs and to prevent them from fa...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF AN OLD AND FADED PHOTOGRAPH

To best way to protect valuable family photographs and to prevent them from fading is to display them in the areas away from the exposure to the direct sunlight or bright fluorescent lighting.

Framing photographs and documents in a quality frame with archival, acid free mat, and UV protective glass, will assure that the items will be protected from light, elements, dust, and exposure to harmful chemicals.

If despite all the taken percussion the photograph does become faded and discolored, it still can be brought back to life by skilled restoration professional who will use digital technology to bring back the original colors and to remove the damages sustained by the image from improper display, storage, or handling.

© 2020 Sebastian Wintermute Photo Restoration Studio, New York, NY

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RESTORATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS FOR ALBUM COVER ARTThe two photographs of poets Lydia Huntley Siguorney and Gerard Manley Hop...
02/10/2020

RESTORATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS FOR ALBUM COVER ART

The two photographs of poets Lydia Huntley Siguorney and Gerard Manley Hopkins are from a large series of images restored for the album "Leave Your Sleep" by Natalie Merchant. The album based on poetry written for children or by children is accompanied by a booklet containing the texts of the original poems, biographical notes abut each author, and photographs from the Library of Congress and private archives. Each photograph was restored not only to be printed in the albums booklet, but also to be displayed on on a projection screen during live performances.

Photograph of Lydia Huntley Siguorney by Matthew Brady
Photograph of Gerard Manley Hopkins by Forshaw and Coles

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Address

195 Stanton St
New York, NY
10002

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

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00
Thursday 10:00 - 19:00

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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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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.