Photographing the Artifacts

The photography of the temple rooms and artifacts was accomplished in January of 2000 by a team which included photographers from the UC Berkeley Library, docents with the City of Oroville, and staff from the city Department of Parks and Trees.

A temporary photographic studio was set up in the Tapestry Hall, and docents brought the more portable of the Museum's artifacts to the studio to be photographed using tungsten softbox lighting against a seamless background.

Parks and Trees staff provided facilities support such as electrical hookups for lighting; and assembled, moved, and reassembled display cases when necessary. Artifacts which we were unable to move were photographed in place, along with the interior views of the rooms, using strobe equipment.

The resulting 35mm transparency film was scanned at the Digital Imaging Lab in Berkeley. Historic photographic prints from the Museum's collections were also scanned at the Digital Imaging Lab.

(All photos left to right)

Steve Forsen, Vorin Dornan moving a set of four ornately carved staffs from the Chan Temple to the Tapestry Hall for photography. Photo: Robert Bain

Vorin Dornan removing puppets from their display case in the Display Hall. Photo: Robert Bain

Amy Kubes (Janice Clay, background) arranging one of the puppets in front of the seamless background for photography. Photo: Robert Bain

Claire Rodriguez, Janice Clay in the Tapestry room, checking off items from the Temple inventory as they were photographed. Photo: Robert Bain

The Digital Imaging Lab photographers:
Robert Bain, Amy Kubes, and Amy Yang

The City of Oroville Parks and Trees staff:
Vorin Dornan, Steve Forsen, and Charles Miller

Oroville City Docents:
Janice Clay and Claire Rodriguez

Scanning of film and prints:
Jiro Marubayashi


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