Storage and preservation of favourite photographs

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  1. Nicole

    Nicole Member

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    After searching through APUG I haven't found a thread that provides a collection of info on this subject. I wasn't sure where to post this either.

    My question is:
    What tips do you have to ensure the best storage and preservation of your favourite fine art photographs. How do you best look after them to ensure the best archivability?

    Matted
    Unmatted
    RC paper
    Fibre based
    toned
    untoned
    etc...
    etc...

    Can you post your favourite informative website addresses that cover these issues?

    Thanks again APUG.
    Kind regards,
    Nicole
     
  2. mark

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    If they are your favorites make two copies. Frame one and put it on the wall. Nothing I hate more than hearing about a favorite picture in storage so it won't get damaged. What's the point having it if it is never going to be seen.

    The second one put in an archival sleeve and, in my case, throw it in a a tough as hell portfolio box. The second is to replace the framed one when it gets nailed by one of the three year old tornado's missles. I do not mount the second set. For color and BW The framed one is corner mounted on archival board and as sealed as I can get it in the back.
     
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    Get a copy of "The Life of a Photograph" You will prize it. In some ways, they might overstate their case, but archival preservation is actually not as well done as most people think. The book will be of great interest.
     
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    I produce a series (usually 10) on Double Weight, Fiber-based paper. I tone 3 for different times (Selenium 1:20) and pick the one that looks best and tone the rest of the series according to it. I usually matt and mount 3 (1 for the wall, 2 for the portfolio) and save the rest in sleeves.
     
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    On display or boxed?
     
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    Light impressions has a good selection of boxes and sleeves. Most of the rest is store in a dark, cool, dry environment. Also make sure your negatives are kept separately in a similar situation. I recently purchased a fire retardant 2wo drawer file cabinet for my negative notebooks . Not fire proof but offers some comfort. The thing weighs over 300 lbs.
     
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    I found this site when looking up ways to maintain an old family album. Bit academic, but solid.

    Whitey
     
  8. Claire Senft

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    I bought the least expensive archival boxes I could find. I went to an art store (Utrecht) and bought thin acid free tissue to put between prints.

    Nicole, take it from an old fart the photos will only increase in their worth to you as time goes on.

    I would not stop there. Any negatives that you will not be printing from for the forseeable future put them into archival sleeves, in a box. Cover the box with aluminum foil. Put the box into a plastic bag and freeze your negatives.

    If part of your processing regimen includes selenium toning which reduces the amount of development need and gives finer grain..particularly for the 35mm user the negatives will have even better keeping qualities.

    Nicole, you are producing some gems.I t would be wonderful if some lucky person could print them 300 years from now...and they would be extremely valuable.
     
  9. Nicole

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    Thank you all very much for your input!! Claire who know's who/what will (still) be around in 300 years time... :D Thank you!
    Kind regards, Nicole