Home, Sweet Home

Hey, man! You look like an old version of Harry Potter.
~ on a pedestrian crossing at Canal Street in Nola


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Dun Carloway (Lewis) is the best-preserved broch in the Western Isles,
and one of the finest in Scotland.

The Castle’s Lord

Reto Kromer was born in 1963 and is not dead yet. Having graduated in mathematics and computer science, he became involved in audio-visual conservation and restoration as early as 1986. From 1998 to 2003 he was head of preservation at the Cinémathèque suisse (the Swiss National Film Archive), in charge of cataloguing, conservation and restoration of the film collection. Since 2004 he has been running his own preservation company, AV Preservation by reto.ch, providing comprehensive services that encompass the whole range of moving image preservation.

From 2007 to 2015 he was a lecturer at the University of Lausanne. He has been a lecturer at the Bern University of Applied Sciences since 2002, at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna since 2011 and at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola in Donostia (San Sebastián) since 2019. His courses cover the conservation and restoration not only of audio-visual content but also audio-visual carriers, usually with a focus on technical issues and movie picture film. His current research includes colour spaces, look-up tables and codec programming and emulation.

He was a director of the board for the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) during two terms, from 2012 to 2016, and he served as a board member of the Albanian Cinema Project (ACP) from 2012 to 2017.