|Historical photography of San Francisco |
images has been digitally mastered by Bennett Hall to remove flaws,
adjust contrast and refine tonalities, correct perspective at high
You can prder these images in large sizes and canvas wrap with complete confidence int he resolution and fidelity of the content
Contemporary photography by Bennett Hall; primarily made with large format 6 x 7 through 8 x 10" view cameras as indicated
for exhibition in your workspace or enterprise facilities, hospitals,
restaurants, hotels, offices, public space and private collections.
We are adding to the collection regularly, please check back often to see new images
images are available in sepia (See Sepia Collection) or black and
white. If you do to see the version that what you want, let me know
which piece you would like and I will upload it for you. Custom hand-tintined is available by commission. Special orders, caption cards and narratives, and quantity rates area available by
direct: 4150-434-8745 or bennett (at) businessimagegroup.com
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strive to produce the highest quality reproductions of
vintage photography available today. Our process includes
high-resolution scanning of originals and retouching according to our
The images in our galleries scanned
at high resolution from photographic prints, transparencies and
negatives. Images are then digitally mastered from these scans to
improve contrast, color balance, and correct defects in the originals,
especially important with old photographs that may be faded or heavily
denigrated. This can take several hours per image, even up to 20 hours
in the case of the more detail hand-tinted pieces.
I am reviewing the collections presently to offer suggestions
on suitability for enlargement size. In some cases, such a an original
from a glass plate negative or albumen print, it may be possible to
make prints up to 60 x 40". One way to research this is to check the
stats page in the normal Imagekind viewer environment. Typically pieces
are technically managed for print sizes to about 24 x 20" comfortably -
however, by all means send me an email, ask questions, especially for
sizes greater than 24 x 20" so I can personally check the file and make
sure you will be happy with the order.
Retouching Practices for Historical Photographs:
policy for image restoration is that nothing is to be removed from this
image during the process of digital mastering that denigrates or
obscures the historical value of the content. We do/may remove or
correct scratches, cracks or defects that were related to the age of the
original, deterioration, or other damage. In the case of architectural
photography, we may also correct the perspective of the image or adjust
the horizon line. We seek to make a print that is aligned with the
intent of the photographer.
Hand-tinting & Coloring:
signature hand-tinted process by Bennett Hall goes back to 1975 when
Hall produces a range of eclectic colorized views of America, some of
which are available here as limited edition prints and a few originals.
This process was refined over the years through making Album covers for
Huey Lewis and the News, Tom Petty, commercial and editorial work and
other creative projects.
Hand-tinting refers to the method of
manually adding color to a black-and-white photograph to heighten its
realism. Transparent aniline dyes are applied to the image surface using
brushes by hand with the use of a magnifying glass. Originals are then
scanned and refined in Photoshop to enable the production of our
limited edition prints.
Bennett Hall Photography
Photographs taken by Bennett Hall are shot with film cameras
ranging from 35mm, 6x7cm through 8x10" view - images are professionally
scanned and digitally refined, suitable for exhibition. Through 1997, Hall printed from black and white materials in a custom mural lab he operated in San Francisco, using a Durst 8x 10" enlarger to make silver gelatin prints. These prints were additional refined using darkroom processes and special effects and subsequently hand-tinted for special portfolios.
Bennett with 8x10 view camera on Bay Bridge