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Scitex Eversmart Flatbed Scanner

January 1, 1998

Scitex Eversmart Flatbed Scanner

Purchased in 1998, the Eversmart Scitex Scanner was the essential tool that led to the founding of Pivot Media.

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Digital Illustrations

February 1, 1998

Digital Illustrations

Using the Scitex Scanner, Pivot Media founder, Jim Gipe, began scanning his own film and creating digital illustrations in Photoshop.

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Pivot Media is founded

January 1, 1999

Pivot Media is founded

Pivot Media was founded in 1999 by photographer Jim Gipe in a newly renovated building on Main St. in Florence, MA.

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Eric Carle Museum

February 1, 1999

Eric Carle Museum

Pivot Media began scanning and stitching together files of the artwork at the Eric Carle Museum in 1999. The museum continues to be a steady client, taking advantage of Pivot Media’s expertise in digital capture, museum collection archiving, and editorial photography.

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Commercial Scanning

February 1, 1999

Commercial Scanning

Using the high quality Scitex Scanner, Pivot Media began scanning film for photographers, local institutions, and other clients.

 

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Smith College Museum of Art

March 1, 1999

Smith College Museum of Art

Pivot Media started working with the Smith College Museum of Art in 1999 when the museum hired Pivot Media to scan film that Stephen Petergorsky had been shooting for them.

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Pivot Gallery

January 1, 2000

Pivot Gallery

The Pivot Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the Main St. studio hosted work by local artists in the form of rotating group and solo exhibitions and events.

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Powerbook G3

January 2, 2001

Powerbook G3

In 2001, Pivot Media upgraded to the high end Macintosh PowerBook G3, which at the time was marketed as the fasted laptop in the market.

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The 11 megapixel SSinarback 43 digital back – a game changer

October 9, 2003

The 11 megapixel SSinarback 43 digital back – a game changer

Our first digital camera was the 11 megapixel Sinarback 43 attached to a Horseman Digiflex camera body which used a Nikon lens mount. Each photograph required 4 shots capturing the red, green and blue channels and then the green channel once more.  These four exposures were combined to create a single, interpolated, 30 megabyte file.

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The Digital Team at the Smith College Museum of Art

September 1, 2004

The Digital Team at the Smith College Museum of Art

In 2004 Jim Gipe and Stephen Petergorsky combined forces, switched to a direct capture workflow, and began digitally photographing the artwork at the Smith College Museum of Art using a high end digital camera.

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Encounter Art Book – Williams College Art Museum

September 1, 2005

Encounter Art Book – Williams College Art Museum

Our relationship with the Williams College Museum of Art began in 2005 when we photographed artwork for the “Encounter Art” project.

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Hasselblad Digital System

September 1, 2007

Hasselblad Digital System

In 2007, Pivot Media began using the Hasselblad medium-format digital camera set-up for capturing artwork, archives, and museum collections.

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Charmed by Audrey – Mark Shaw

January 1, 2008

Charmed by Audrey – Mark Shaw

In 2008, our continued relationship with the Mark Shaw Photographic Archive led to the publication of our film scans in Charmed by Audrey – Life on the set of Sabrina.

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Mead Art Museum – Amherst College

June 1, 2008

Mead Art Museum – Amherst College

With the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Pivot Media worked with a team and provided digital captures of the college’s art collection for archival and educational use.

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Tenth Anniversary

January 1, 2009

Tenth Anniversary

In 2009 Pivot Media celebrated its 10th anniversary with a limited edition USB drive, custom packaging, and hats for our top clients.

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Ancient & African Art Collection – Williams College

September 1, 2009

Ancient & African Art Collection – Williams College

In 2009 we began systematically digitizing the museum’s permanent collection, starting with the ancient and African objects.

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First Print on the New Epson 9900

November 16, 2009

First Print on the New Epson 9900

Moving to Maple Street

September 1, 2010

Moving to Maple Street

In 2010, Pivot Media moved to Maple Street in the village of Florence (Northampton, MA), when owner Jim Give purchased the old Moriarty Medical Supply building.

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Prendergast Collection – Williams College

July 1, 2011

Prendergast Collection – Williams College

At the Williams College Museum of Art, the Ancient Object project drew to a close in June of 2011 and, after a one-month break, we started digitizing the Prendergast collection.

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The Permanent Collection at Smith College Museum of Art

July 13, 2013

The Permanent Collection at Smith College Museum of Art

Jim Gipe of Pivot Media and Stephen Petegorsky Photography reached a milestone in August of 2013 when they finished digitally archiving the last of the permanent collection at The Smith College Museum of Art. Pictured here is the digital team with the final object of the permanent collection to be photographed.

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Pivot Media Wall Mural

September 24, 2013

Pivot Media Wall Mural

A collaboration between Jim Gipe, Martin Bridge, and Justin Norris, the image depicted a gigantic robin, feet firmly planted in the landscape of the Pioneer Valley, engaging in a tug-of-war with three industrial workers whose drudgery is further enhanced by the smog filled cityscape background behind them.

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People Magazine – The Kennedy’s

December 1, 2013

People Magazine – The Kennedy’s

In 2013, our film scans for the Mark Shaw Archive appeared in People Magazine, throughout the special edition, 50th anniversary issue on the Kennedys.

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The Difficulties of Nonsense – Robert Cumming

January 1, 2016

The Difficulties of Nonsense – Robert Cumming

Using our camera scanning workflow we digitized Robert Cumming’s photographs, 35mm slides and 8×10 negatives for his book Robert Cumming: The Difficulties of Nonsense, which was published by the Aperture Foundation in 2016.

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The North Wall Mural

April 1, 2016

The North Wall Mural

In 2016 we collaborated again with Martin Bridge to paint a mural on the other side of the Main St. building. Combining Pivot Media founder Jim Gipe’s love of cameras and bonsai trees, Martin brought a burst of color and personality to the North wall of the studio.

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Capturing the Life’s Work of Jane Lund

May 1, 2016

Capturing the Life’s Work of Jane Lund

Jane Lund’s artwork ranges from surreal to super real. Her pastel work, some of which is photo realistic, will stop you in your tracks, make you look twice, and leave you spell bound. If it’s not already obvious, we are big fans of Jane’s art. That’s why we were so excited when she approached us to help her scan and digitize her extensive collection of photographs of her artwork.

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American Art Collection – Williams College

September 1, 2017

American Art Collection – Williams College

In 2017 we began working on the American Collection at Williams College. To date we have photographed roughly 3,500 objects, adding nearly 7,000 digital files to the e-museum server.

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Twentieth Anniversary

October 19, 2018

Twentieth Anniversary

Over the course of 2018-2019, Pivot Media celebrates our 20th year in business

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