In addition to Lateral Inversions, I have been lucky enough to photograph many works by top artists for reproduction and cataloguing purposes for the University of Canterbury Art Collection. I have also undertaken fine art reproduction photography for other books and publications, including Pleasure and Play in Edo Japan, by the Canterbury Museum.
The James Logie Memorial Collection was damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes and subsequently underwent significant conservation work. The entire collection was photographed post-conservation by myself and fellow photographer Duncan Shaw-Brown.
The Logie Collection is one of the finest teaching collections of Greek and Roman antiquities to be found in the Southern Hemisphere. Understandably, extreme care was required when photographing and handling these items. Each item or items was delivered to our studio and had to be returned to the collection the same day. Thus, any technical challenges needed to be overcome hastily. Many of the pieces are highly glazed and required a complicated triple-polarised set up with multiple exposures to enable the finished photograph to be free of highlights which obscure the details. Some items are too large and fragile to leave the collection so a solution was required to recreate our blacked out studio in situ.
I personally sewed a 4m x 4m cube from black fabric, with entrance flaps, gaps for backdrop hangers and tabs for hanging and supporting the entire edifice - our mobile blackout studio. This black box was then easily installed on site in the collection room, enabling us to completely recreate the same high standards achieved in our specialised studio.