Mercedes has announced that many of their photographs, taken by Zoltán Glass, will be digitized by The National Media Museum in Bradford, UK.

Mercedes has announced that many of their photographs, taken by Zoltán Glass, will be digitized by The National Media Museum in Bradford, UK.

While the name Zoltán Glass may not ring a bell, he was one of the most prolific automotive photographers of the 20th century. In the 1920s and 1930s, he was commissioned to take hundreds of photographs of Mercedes' production and racing cars (most notably the Silver Arrows).

As part of this extensive effort, the museum will turn Glass' negatives into high resolution digital photos using a "calibrated high-end medium-format camera" that creates a neutral copy of the original. These pictures (a roughly 100MB TIFF file) are then feed through special software which converts them into a positive image.

The unique project aims to scan nearly 6,000 images taken by Glass, with an emphasis on the 1930s and 1950s. Scheduled to be completed in April 2010, the collection will be available for historical editorial work and various other projects.

 

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