40 SC Exhibitions Magazine 2016 With every photo Dynamichrome s aim is to create an accurate reconstruction of what the photographer was seeing through the cam era s viewfinder at the time it was taken and to push for authenticity With the almost century old Burton photographs the team s first job was to digitally restore them to their original condition removing any dust scratches and cracks visible even minutely in the high res scans The next step was for them to research every aspect of each photograph artefacts clothing wall paint to ensure that the colours added were authentic to the moment Mr Bur ton shot the photo with his camera Our goal when we work on any image is to eliminate at least 90 of all the guesswork Mr Lloyd says We can tell you the colour of the sky just by looking at shadows we can triangulate using things like Google Maps and other GPS soft ware we can literally say this was taken right on this spot This is the angle This is the time of day This is the season And we then have a bank of similar looking weather conditions or locations for example to compare it to To achieve the highest level of authentic ity with the Burton photographs the team consulted Wolfgang Wettengel curator of The Discovery of King Tut staff from the Griffith Institute and Mr Carter s and Mr Lucas s notes which describe in great detail the appearance of each object found in the tomb Dynamichrome also consulted their own in house experts including their textile conservator who helped them to pinpoint the colours of the 1920s clothing worn by the ar chaeologists and Egyptian workmen We take all of those comments together make all the necessary changes and that s what you find in the scene It s a very involved process Mr Lloyd says But inserting the colours as they appear today is not enough Mr Lloyd also had to consider how each object appeared at the moment of discovery under 3 500 years of settled dust and illuminated by Mr Burton s studio lighting After all of that then you can say OK this is an authentic approximation of what this photograph would have looked like in colour says Mr Lloyd Given the extent of the research and digi tal work involved it s not surprising that the colour reconstruction of a single photograph can take a long time One image for example showing a series of artefacts standing against one of the tomb walls with chariots stacked up on the opposite side took a few days to com plete and that was with multiple people work ing on it For Mr Lloyd to have completed the reconstruction alone it would have taken him a week he says You can spend two hours just getting all this detail in for something that lit Howard Carter and an Egyptian workman with Tutankhamun s third innermost coffin Burton photograph 0770 Griffith Institute University of Oxford Digital colour reconstruction by Dynamichrome Chests from the treasury which still hide their precious contents Burton photograph 1091 Griffith Institute University of Oxford Digital colour reconstruction by Dynamichrome Mr Lloyd also had to consider how each object appeared at the moment of discovery under 3 500 years of settled dust and illuminated by Burton s studio lighting erally when you zoom out you would never even see But that still has to be absolutely correct there s no room for error Interestingly although Mr Burton could have used an early version of colour photography he rejected the idea I did read that Mr Burton I think intended to actually record the tomb using autochrome an early colour photography process characterized by a very distinct look which is actu ally a result of the fact that potato starch was used Mr Lloyd says It was probably rejected he adds because of this distinctive look and colour which probably didn t satisfy Mr Carter s need to have an

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