Restoring History

Our Role in "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War"

Our story begins in 2015 when Erik Angra, the director of photography and editor of the acclaimed documentary "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War," directed by the renowned Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, reached out to us. We faced a considerable challenge: restoring high-quality historical photographs that had suffered the ravages of time. These pictures had not only accumulated dirt adhered to the original paper but also showed signs of wear and tear like cracks and other physical blemishes. Furthermore, during the digitization process, the lighting had created reflections on the texture of some photos, adding an extra layer of complexity to our restoration task. The depth of these challenges demanded a meticulous approach to ensure each photo was restored without compromising its original integrity.

These weren't just photos; they were fragments of history. They documented the valiant humanitarian mission of Waitstill Sharp, voiced in the documentary by the renowned actor Tom Hanks, and his wife Martha Sharp. In a time of darkness and hopelessness, the Sharps traveled from Massachusetts to Czechoslovakia to aid refugees as war was breaking out in Europe, acting as beacons of light and courage.

At, we grasped the significance of our task. Our goal was to free these images from the damage time had inflicted on them, without altering their realism and authenticity. We aimed to return the photos to their original state, just as they appeared when first printed decades ago.

The process was meticulous and challenging, but our extensive experience in photo restoration equipped us with the confidence and skills necessary. Each image was treated with the utmost care and respect, acknowledging its historical and emotional value.

In the end, our efforts bore fruit. Erik Angra expressed his satisfaction with the quality of our work. The restored photos were used in the documentary, helping to narrate the Sharps' story in a visually impactful way.

This project was a milestone for our company. It not only demonstrated our technical capability but also deepened our appreciation for the importance of the work we do. The photos we restore aren't just images; they're memories, stories, and in this case, vital pieces of history.

Restoring the photos for "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War" was both an honor and a challenge that we proudly accepted. This experience serves as a constant reminder of our mission: to breathe new life into images from the past, allowing the stories they contain to continue resonating in the present and future.