...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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Tuesday, 11 March 2014


The ambrotype process (from Greek ambrotos, "immortal") or amphitype is a photographic process that uses the wet plate collodion process to create a negative photographic image on a sheet of glass using whick looks as a positive image when put upon a black background. It was invented by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851.
A peculiarity of the ambortype process is that all actions (emulsion application, photosensitization, exposure, development and fixing) must be done within 10 – 15 minutes, while the collodion, a solution of pyroxylin in ether, is still wet. This affects the photographic process, making it a spectacular display, where as the photographer and the photograph are both actors and spectators. The depth of tonal transitions, unexpected artifacts, the pose and the facial expression of the portray due to the duration of exposure altogether create a sensation of temporal estrangement and bring the viewer to another dimension…
      The ambrotype is especially popular in the United States, where it is used as an authentic means for photographing re-enactments of the Civil War. However, despite the labor intensity of the process, the ambrotype found its place in all kinds of contemporary photography genres, from portrait to fashion and advertising photography.
      We live in a high-technology world, where works of art existing in a single copy are attracting more and more attention. The more is the important that an image created by silver crystals and coated with a special lacquer based on African plants’ gums may be stored for unlimited time without losing its color and properties, which today allows us to watch the first ambortypes created in the middle of the 19th century.
      I want to believe that the family files of the 21st century created using the past-days’ technology will be watched by many generations of our descendants, too.