For over a decade Sebastian Wintermute has been providing those interested in preservation of visual history and ancestral legacy an opportunity to restore photographs, images and documents that otherwise would literally fade away with years. Through his hands passed thousands of old photos and faded pages, from camera obscura portraits of American settlers to NASA photographs and documents from the Apollo missions; from documents signed by Presidents of the United Sates to snapshots of WWII GIs and musicians at the Woodstock Festival.
Many of the photographs and documents are brought to be restored in by neighborhood residents, others arrive from as far away as Europe and Asia. Some were lovingly kept in family albums, passed from one generation to the next, others were found in dusty attics and dirty basements. However, all of them contain great personal value as well as a visual history of people, their families and heritage. Working from a studio located on Manhattan's culturally vibrant Lower East Side, Sebastian helps to preserve their family histories and legacy.
Sebastian's knowledge of arts, photography and restoration techniques makes him a true expert in the field of photo restoration, while his deep knowledge and passion for history often turns seemingly simple project into fascinating journeys of discovery of long forgotten names, places and events. Because of his high professionalism Sebastian has been entrusted to restore and to preserve photographs and documents not only by individual clients nation wide, but also by some of the most prestigious and well-known companies and organizations in the country.
In addition to his work as a professional photography restoration and conservation specialist, Sebastian spends much of his time as a volunteer at New York's South Street Seaport Museum assisting in restoration, preservation, and maintains of sailing ship Wavertree, schooner Pioneer and tugboat W.O. Decker, educating museum visitors on history, environment, and development of New York City, and participating in programs dedicated to preservation of the Waterfront.