Museum Lab Column: Photographing Glass: Controlling Contrast

Museum Lab Column: Photographing Glass: Controlling Contrast

Vacuum tubes have many different materials, glass, metal, ceramics, and so many reflective surfaces, combining to make vacuum tube photography quite difficult, especially for archival work. In this tutorial, Andrew Fortune shows his excellent light table and lighting design for the difficult photography of glass objects, and we are incorporating his techniques into our new light table and lighting setup to photograph the vacuum tubes for the Museum.

Andrew Fortune is the Collections Photography Department Manager at The Corning Museum of Glass, home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, tracing 35 centuries of glassmaking history, artistry and technology. In his twenty years at the museum, he has held the positions of Photographer/Digital Imaging Supervisor, Photographer, and Assistant Photographer. Previously he was Preparator at The Rockwell Museum, and Curatorial Assistant at the Goldie Paley and Levy Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Psychology from Swarthmore College and is on the Advisory Council of the International Vacuum Tube Museum.

“Photographing Glass: Controlling Contrast” is reprinted with permission from The Corning Museum of Glass.

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