This is an American Airlines Stearman, circa 1934. It is from a large size negative obtained from an estate in poor condiction and livingly restored pixel by pixel. We date the aircraft by crossing the model with the fact that the livery was changed to American Airlines from American Airways. This is about the period during which AA lost its US Mail contract and underwent a transition to passenger service.
My name is Henri Bersoux. When I started taking pictures in the early seventies you had to know how to compose a good picture, evaluate lighting and other factors, and catch the moment. There were no computer programs to fix redeye and no cameras with automatic white balance bracketing.
Today everyone is a photographer. What today's small army of digital photographers cannot do, however, is travel back in time and capture a long lost moment. But I can. I find the lost or overlooked negatives and bring them back to life. I still take pictures for my own pleasure, and some of them will be here, but I find greater pleasure and "treasure" in bringing old negatives back to life.
When I say, "restoration," I mean just that. It holds the...
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