Uh, if you coat masonite w/ acrylic gesso it will last decades. Seen it w/ my own eyes. I'm an artist and deal w/ archival issues every day. There are oil paintings made on plain old wood that are over a hundred years old. Everything has to be shown and stored in an archival manner. of course. Painters have been painting on masonite as long as it was invented. You cannot paint or mount directly to it. I have seen paintings on properly sealed cardboard that are over 50 years old.
The problem w/ gluing a photograph to something is that it will not be allowed into a museum context. They require that the work be able to be removed from whatever it is mounted on in a manner that will not damage the piece. I doubt my work will end up in MOMA, so I will sometimes go this route, but be warned that many big galleries follow the same protocols.
I used to share a New Mexico studio w/ another artist. She was sued by a buyer that bought her work when she used inferior techniques and the piece began to fall apart years later. if it is "art" it has to exhibit the qualities of art, and relative permanency is crucial, unless you are up front in the beginning and furnish a signed statement to the buyer indicating such.
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