This week in NDSA, Digital Liaison Mike Dutkewych digitized two extremely rare Detroit Artists’ Workshop publications from the 1960s.
On loan from legendary Detroit photographer and Artists’ Workshop co-founder, Leni Sinclair, these two volumes of “Change” collect photos and essays on the jazz scene of the sixties.
Because these books are handmade and staple-bound, a traditional flatbed scanner was not a viable option. Mike collaborated with WSU Libraries Coordinator for Digital Publishing, Joshua Neds-Fox, who provided access to an Atiz BookDrive Pro book scanner.
Rather than placing a book face down on a bed to scan, the Atiz BookDrive cradles the book face up beneath a glass cover. Then, two perched Canon EOS Rebel T3i cameras capture high resolution images of the open pages. Though this process can be more time consuming than using a flatbed scanner, the output quality is often superior, and it causes no trauma to the book’s binding or pages, which is always a concern when handling rare or valuable publications.