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Friday, 25 November 2022


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"I actually have a bunch of boxes. But this is the "current" one"

Like a playlist?

Peace and all that,
p.s. my 'current' playlist in iTunes is called "The Very Now"

The third thing you need (or perhaps better to put it in first place) is somewhere safe to store the box. E.g. About 10 days ago part of a ceiling collapsed (apparently due to an unnoticed small but long-term leak from the roof) spraying wet debris in the room. Luckily it missed my print boxes by about two feet, so I'll be keeping them in a good cupboard from now on.

Lineco photo storage boxes are really long term. About 32 years ago I bought some, and they are, internally, in like-new condition, despite having beeing stored in Manaus for 15 years, in heat and humidity.

On print permanence: I have a print from my son that I enlarged on the Polymax II RC 28 years ago. It was a photographic paper known for instability over time. Selenium toned, it's impeccable.
In the same Lineco box there is a print acquired from a Print Offer by Phototechniques, around the same time. Contact printed on FB and processed according to archival principles, it is deteriorated. :(

The question then is how far to take "archival" protocols.

Beyond acid-free interleaving buffered tissue, should prints be handled with cotton gloves? Or set on a similarly archival surface to view? Never exposed to sunlight? How about humidity levels?

Or... forget all that and just enjoy :)

I have a mounted copy of every photograph I ever exhibited or presented for sale. I keep them sealed in 16x20 archival clear plastic bags stored in hard archival boxes from Light Impressions. I used to keep multiple copies of these photos but decided to have just one for posterity when we downsized years ago. I too can tell you every detail about an image, even those taken 40 years ago. After I am dead and when I then become famous, someone else can have the fun of reprinting them. These days though, it's all digital and photos only get printed and mounted for display or gifts.

As Michael Reichmann said: "The print is the proof".

Paper has patience. It just layes there, waiting for you to examine it.

And then it waits, again. For a hundred years or more, if you are careful.

That we know. But what about the digital photos?

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