Conservation of a photo with glass adhered to the surface

This photograph of the owner's ancestors had suffered from years of neglect. The work had become wet, and in some areas the gelatine of the photo had stuck to the glass. The glass had then broken, and the unprotected work had become very heavily soiled. Treatment was carried out to soften the gelatine so that the glass could be taken off. An acidic backing card was removed. The surface of the photo was cleaned to reduce the dirt. The missing area in the lower left corner was filled and then retouched to blend in with the rest of the photograph. A new acid free card mount was cut for the conserved work.

The photograph before treatment The photograph after treatment