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John King
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Re: Fading colours

Gidday ML

ALL artwork should be matted, framed (sealed) and glazed and not exposed to light levels greater than about 175 Lux, high humidity or high temperatures, ozone, and other household pollutants. This is irrespective of the medium when using pigment based materials.

Dye based materials are far more sensitive to colour shift and fading (Jürgen "The Digital Print" covers all this and far more).

Ideally, all photographs should be kept under Arrhenius dark storage (Google this phrase for many references - e.g. conditions. That is to say, in an acid free album, away from household pollutants.

Basically, pigment based inks will generally perform far better than dye based inks, or a mixture of pigment and dye (some Canon Pro printers). This is also my experience.

I never use after-market inks for printing photographs ...

As for viewing prints, I am currently sorting through about 4~5,000 prints, numbering them with film and frame number, and inserting them into albums. I also have around 9,500 slides to catalogue. An interesting exercise and numbers when one considers just how many frames I have shot since switching to digital (mostly) about 6 years ago ...

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