Jon Stokes and Matt Spour started Relic Imaging in 2008 to provide a service for small and medium sized museums, as well as private collectors, who need occasional photographic services but do not have their own in-house photography department.
Having both had their grounding in commercial, advertising and editorial photography, in 2005 they both found themselves freelancing at the photo studios of the National Maritime Museum. Whilst at the NMM they worked on a number of projects covering a wide subject range of both 2D archival digitisation and photography of objects from the collection and installations within the galleries.
During this time the idea for Relic was formed and Matt followed Jon to start freelancing for Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers. At Christie’s everything that passes through the sale room has to photographed. Paintings, porcelain, silver, furniture, arms and armour, glassware, jewellery, modern and classical sculpture. Art and objects from all over the world, Japanese woodblock prints to large English oak bookcases. “We’ve shot it all!”
With over 20 years combined experience Relic Imaging is well placed to take on large photographic digitisation projects as well as one-off jobs. We are completely mobile and are used to setting up temporary studios in stores or office space close to where the collection is kept.
For larger projects we can run two sets to increase the productivity of the temporary studio. We run a fully colour managed system from image capture to supply of the final files ensuring accurate colour throughout the digitisation process.
Safety of the objects we photograph is paramount whether a hands-on or hands-off approach is required. We have been trained in object handling and carry public liability insurance.