...Photographs should be protected from extended exposure to intense light sources. Limit exhibition times, control light exposure, and monitor the condition of the photographs carefully. Prolonged or permanent display of photographs is not recommended. Use unbuffered ragboard mats, and frame photographs with archivally sound materials. Use ultraviolet-filtering plexiglass to help protect the photographs during light exposure. Reproduce vulnerable or unique images and display the duplicate image; in this way, the original photograph can be properly stored and preserved.

Disaster preparedness begins by evaluating the storage location and the potential for damage in the event of a fire, flood, or other emergency. It is important to create a disaster preparedness plan that addresses the specific needs of the collection before a disaster occurs.

The location and manner in which photographs are housed can be the first line of defense. Identify photographic materials that are at higher risk of damage or loss. Remove all potentially damaging materials such as paper clips and poor-quality enclosures. Store negatives and prints in separate locations to increase the possibility of an image surviving a catastrophe. If a disaster occurs, protect the collection from damage by covering it with plastic sheeting and/or removing it from the affected area. If using plastic, make sure not to trap in moisture as this could lead to mold growth. Evaluate the situation and document the damage that has occurred. Contact a conservator as soon as possible for assistance and advice on the recovery and repair of damaged materials.

PS .If your photograph requires special attention or you are unsure about how to protect it, you should contact a conservator.To search for a conservator near you.

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Treatment Options for Photographic Materials may include

mold removal
surface cleaning
stain reduction (only if possible and safe to do so)
tape and adhesive removal
separation from poor quality mounts
consolidation of cracked or flaking emulsion
mending tears or breaks
conservation of cased photographs and case repair
electro-cleansing of tarnished daguerreotypes
rehousing options
four-flap enclosures
clamshell boxes
polyester sleeves
conservation framing


Hundreds of millions of photographs have been lost over the years to natural disasters, wars, and the age-old urge to clean house. So there is something special about every old photograph that's survived. Someone decided to make it... someone else, to buy it... and a lot of someones decided to keep it over the years. Whether you're the caretaker of a treasured family album or a collector who has searched out the classics of photography, it's important to preserve and protect the images you value. Fortunately, there is new information about what to do and what to avoid. And there are specialized products available to help.



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Saturday, 10 December 2011

The Royal Photographic Society

Bath, UK, 9 December 2011 – The Royal Photographic Society has made a call for nominations for its prestigious annual Awards which honour individuals across all areas of photography. Nominations are sought for The Society’s Progress Medal and in categories ranging from ‘Outstanding Service to Photography’, to those honouring individuals in education, science and involved with The Society itself. Award winners will be announced at a special event to be be held in London on 6 September 2012. The Awards ceremony is sponsored by The Macallan, a global luxury brand which has developed a keen interest in promoting photography.

Full details of each Award and a nomination form can be found on The Society’s website: or may be had on request from Awards Manager Jo Macdonald by emailing: Nominations are required by 24 February 2012.

In addition to the Award winners the ceremony also brings together students that have been awarded educational bursaries by The Society during 2012 developing new and young talent and bringing them wider recognition from their peers.

The Society’s Director General Dr Michael Pritchard noted: “The Society’s Awards are unique in not being restricted to Society members and in their breadth. They honour men and women internationally who have made a significant contribution to a particular aspect of photography – across the art and science of photography or in important areas such as photographic education, publication and curatorship. I would encourage nominations”.

The Society has made Awards to photographers and those in photography since 1878 when its Progress medal was first awarded. There are now fifteen categories. In addition The Society also awards Honorary Fellowships of The Society – an honour it first betsowed in 1895. Recent Award winners have included photographers Terry O’Neil, Albert Watson, Annie Liebovitz and Martin Parr, and individuals Philippe Garner, Sir David Attenborough and Tim Berners-Lee, alongside scientists and museum and gallery curators