MEMORIES FROM DOWN UNDER

 Australia’s photo restoration one photo at a time

MEMORIES FROM DOWN UNDER

graphic vintage item

HISTORY TOLD IN SILVER HALLYDE CRYSTALS & COPPER PLATES

It took nearly two decades from the discovery of photography by Nicéphore Niépce and Daguerre, to process the first Australian daguerreotype in Sydney, Australia 1841

Our records show that the oldest Australian surviving photo known to date is from 1845. (A Daguerreotype portrait of Dr William Bland taken by the portraitist George Baron Goodman) 

There is a four year Gap in our visual history, which makes us wonder about all the missing pieces in our history that did not survive.

One thing is for sure; there are many blanks in Australian history worth to be filled in and we love to contribute to make this happen. 

Our photo heritage is nothing but precious, it is an invaluable source of information, and a compilation of surviving stories told in copper and silver-halide.

We live in an era overwhelmed by the shallow of Instagram and bathroom selfies.

There is an oversupply of “disposable moments”, we are slaves of handheld devices that connect us to people or situations far-away but disconnect us from the reality or the family nearby. 

Therefore Yesterdays’ mission is to connect us with our history, we visualise grandparents telling stories to their grandchilds from a family album this is why we restore old photos .

 

Restoration of a photo from the portraitist François Cornand from the early 1900s, Photo courtesy of Isobel Fletcher Western Australia, sepia filter and footnotes were preserved

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