• Photografi.ca

    Photographic preservation specialists

  • Services

    Whether they are stored in old shoe boxes, family albums or CDs and hard drives, we want to preserve your photographs well into the future. We help you guard them against deterioration risks to extend their life. Our à la carte services or custom preservation packages are tailored to your collection's needs.

    In Toronto, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

    What is in your collection, exactly?

    Collection Inventory

    An inventory is the first step in taking care of any collection. The quantity, type and dimensions of each photograph in your collection will help us determine the right preservation strategies. You'll be able to make informed decisions and scale our solutions to your individual needs.

    How Healthy Are Your Photos?

    Condition Assessment

    We create accurate condition reports that are essential to determine appraisal values and more finely-tuned preservation solutions. It is important to track a photograph's condition over time, especially if it is rare, a valuable heirloom, an investment or all three.

    Peace of Mind

    Preventive Conservation

    The life of your collection will depend on the quality of care you devote to its storage environment. We protect your collections by mitigating deterioration issues before they arise, slow them down to a crawl or even stop them in their tracks in some cases. Your collection will be safe for many years to come.

    Are Your Photos Ready for a Digital Life?

    Digital Archiving

    Digitizing your photographs is the first step in their digital preservation. They are easy to share with family and friends making them much more accessible, and can be embedded with lots of useful information, like names, places and other details, taking the pressure off the originals. Digitized photos can then live in a database or digital archive, where they can be searched and organized in a myriad ways.

    Bringing Images Back!

    Digital Restoration and Facsimilies

    Some photographs cannot be repaired on paper, but artistic talent and digital technologies allow us to restore a picture back pretty close to its original glory. Combined with high quality custom printing, these images can be brought back into the living room or the gallery to be enjoyed for many years to come.

    Showing Off Your Photos

    Exhibitions

    We help you find the best ways to display your photos safely in your home, gallery or museum. We take into account the framing, foot-traffic, light and environmental conditions in the space to both protect your photos and let them shine. Photos are meant to be enjoyed after all.

    Who, What, Where, When and How

    In-Depth Research

    We look beyond the image to help date, locate where the picture was made and if possible, by whom. Combining this research with your own information about the photograph, we can piece together the context of its creation, enriching it with new knowledge.

  • About Celio Barreto:

    Photographic Preservation Specialist | Collections Manager | Researcher

     

    For more than 20 years Celio Barreto has been engaged in artistic, cultural and commercial photography projects. Since 2007 he has been curating photography and contemporary art exhibitions in Osaka, Helsinki, Paris and Toronto.

     

    Celio has studied and trained under the best photography scholars, practitioners, collections managers, curators, conservators, archivists, librarians and researchers at Ryerson University, The Ryerson Image Centre, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, The Image Permanence Institute, The Northwest Document Preservation Center, The Art Gallery of Ontario and The Canadian Conservation Institute.

     

    His most recent projects include The Family Camera Network Archive, The Family Camera exhibition, and The Asian Photography Project at The Royal Ontario Museum. He has provided expertise at several Canadian universities and spoken at many professional and public platforms on the subject of photographic preservation and research.