Head of Conservation
Kieron Webb is Head of Conservation at the BFI National Archive, leading the photographic and digital film laboratories and overseeing the Archive’s restoration projects. He has worked on the restoration of the first films of Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock and David Lean, as well as Powell and Pressburger’s I Know Where I’m Going! (1945), and the digital releases of Napoleon (1927) and Naked (1993).
Having studied film at the University of Kent, Kieron joined the BFI in 2000. He has a special interest in the history of film colours and their representation today, motivated by his involvement with restoration of tinting and toning, Dufaycolor and Technicolor. Kieron’s essay on ‘Colour and the restoration of Motion Picture film’ was published as part of the CREATE project and he was interviewed for the BFI book ‘British Colour Cinema: practices and theories’. He is a member of FIAF’s Technical Commission, and sat on the advisory board for the research project The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-85.