Eric C. M. Basir launched Photo Grafix in 1999, a photographic restoration and retouching studio based in Evanston, IL. Using a combination of photographic, illustration and computer skills acquired through formal education and professional experience, he has served hundreds of genealogists throughout the United States with high-quality digital restoration of their photographic collections.
In 2009, Mr. Basir completed the Photo Retouching and Restoration Foundations Course. It is comprised of concise step-by-step videos and an easy-to-read workbook to properly instruct students with no or very little Photoshop experience.
He also has an extensive portfolio of work with businesses. This includes advertising agencies, book and magazine publishers and professional photographers.
Since 2001, Eric has met with over a dozen genealogical societies throughout the Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, demonstrating his skills and sharing techniques for restoring and preserving their own photographs using home computers. He is the author of "Ask the Retoucher," a column syndicated to genealogical publications in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Eric has also authored a series of books and videos about the subject.
Eric currently serves as a Director of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.