Art Concept to Art Preservation:
Steps Taken To Curate and Preserve the Film Plate Collection and the Developmental Process for Producing the Digital Masters Collection.
The process to develop this historical film collection has been a lengthy and arduous one, and the procedures go well beyond the actual exposing of each film plate in the field. For photographer Ed Wargin, the past several years have been spent organizing and archiving the entire Great Lakes Film Collection as close to historical and museum quality standards as possible.
Painstaking, disciplined and deliberate, every film plate has undergone an archival process for the final repository. This includes the creation of a matching digital master file to each film plate in the form of a professionally prepared, scanned publisher-ready large resolution digital file. The archive also includes a corollary matching searchable database with each a library of way-finding files for each photograph.
The Great Lakes Film Collection as a manageable archive includes:
Color Reversal Film Plates
Each original film plate is a unique and individual piece of original artwork. The plates are preserved in their original formats, either unmounted medium format plates or mounted 135mm film plates. Each plate is masterfully inspected and cleaned before it is scanned and stored in the final collection.
Two types of Corollary Digital Master Plates for each film plate:
1) Professionally scanned, color-corrected, cleaned, publisher-ready digital master (.tiff)
2) Digitized database way-finding scan (.jpg)
A multi-platform proprietary and searchable database of each film plate in the collection with details including photograph title, year photographed, camera used, film used, film plate number, original film location of each photograph, the scan year of each digital master and its file-output size, i.e. 300 dpi @ 22" x 28", etc.
Digital Masters + Data Storage
While the entire collection of film assets (the tangible film plates) exist in an archivally sleeved and labeled ecosystem to match the database, the entire library of matching Digital Masters, the way-finding jpegs to each plate, and the corollary navigation database are stored upon two redundant 4TB Western Digital external hard drives formatted to Mac/OS.