March 20, 2012
As an art restorer/photograph conservator I use Photoshop in the processing of conservation treatment documentation (Before Treatment and After Treatment photographs). While we mostly work with fine art photography such as work by Edward Weston or Ansel Adams, we also work on historic photographs and family photographs and in those cases we sometimes combine restoration work on the original (cleaning, flattening, tear repair) with scanning and digital restoration (which is always done in Photoshop). I also co-authored a manual for art conservators and museum professionals about photographic documentation, which emphasizes the use of Photoshop and Bridge for documentation workflows: Frey, F., Heller, D., Kushel, D., Vitale, T., J. Warda, G. Weaver. (2008). The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation, (J. Warda, Ed.). Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation.
I'm a photograph conservator working in San Anselmo, CA. While we specialize in working on original historic and fine art photoographic materials (rather than born-digital or scanned photographs), we also do digital restorations.