Joseph Barabe is a research microscopist at Barabe & Associates LLC in Oak Park. He retired six years ago from McCrone Associate sInc. in Westmont, a microscopy and microanalytical consulting firm, where he served for 23 years as director of scientific imaging and senior research microscopist.
His more well-known projects include the photomacrography of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination, the analysis of the ink on the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic, the Clementine Hunter forgery case for the FBI, the Archaic Mark forgery for the University of Chicago and the mysterious Voynich manuscript analysis for Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
His analytical duties included the analysis of art objects such as paintings and prints, ancient documents and historical and archeological artifacts using a variety of analytical tools including polarized light microscopy, SEM with x-ray spectrometry, infrared and Raman spectroscopy and other analytical methods as appropriate.
He has performed forensic document examinations including forged and altered documents; paper, ink and tonercomparisons, writing sequence determinations, and printing process identification.
Prior to joining McCrone, Joe was senior scientific photographer at the University of Chicago. He currently continues his work in this interesting field of art fraud as a director and senior research microscopist at Barabe & Associates LLC.
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