Issue 14 - February, 2013
Choose binders for photographers
Professional and student photographers often find themselves in situations where they need to take examples of their work on the go.
Issue 13 - November, 2012
Some may consider the use of slides in photography to be archaic, given the amount of advances the field has seen over the years. While this is a somewhat understandable perspective, it's also not entirely true. In fact, slides are far from obsolete and can still be quite useful, due to their durability when properly maintained and their ability to easily be scanned and digitized.
Issue 12 - August, 2012
Framing and displaying a work of art, be it a painting or a particularly striking photograph, provides an undeniable aesthetic benefit when used to decorate nearly any room within a home.
Issue 11 - May, 2012
Properly use Proof Boxes
In some situations, photographers and collectors may not necessarily want to store photographs for extended periods of time.
Issue 10 - February, 2012
Preserve Antique Clothing and Textiles
Most prescriptive archival methods are relevant to preserving documents, photographs, print media or paintings. However, some techniques are especially useful for those who are working to restore vintage and antique textiles. Vintage and antique textiles and outfits are susceptible to the same types of damage as standard pieces of art, and must be preserved with that in mind.
Issue 9 - September, 2011
Learn How to... Create Digital Archives
Today there are many options and factors to consider when creating a digital archive for permanent storage. It is recommended to choose more than one method in case one fails for whatever reason. Computer hard drives can break and information stored on servers can be out of one's control – not to mention discontinued without warning. Standard CDs and DVDs although great options for storage have a higher failure rate and shorter life expectancy than new forms of technology can provide.
Issue 8 - July, 2011
How to... Store 4 x 6 snapshots
The summer is full swing with weddings, family reunions and vacations. Photographs of family and friends are being captured and stored on digital cameras and smart phones. Although this storage method works for many, some people prefer printing and sharing their paper photos with others.
When deciding how to store 4 x 6 snapshots the first step is to choose between showcasing the photographs in an album (or binder) for accessible viewing or storing them in an archival box; organized by event, date, or people.
Issue 7 - March, 2011
How to... Avoid Deterioration of Your Collection
Deterioration occurs when an item or object changes in a diminishing way that impairs its quality, character or value. If a collection of family photos, monetary one of kind prints, or other collected works are not properly preserved and stored there is a high chance, an unlucky chance, the items will deteriorate over time.
Five environmental factors that can impact the overall condition collection are listed below.
Issue 6 - September, 2010
How to... Protect Your Books
The steps to caring for your books can be broken down into five categories; environmental conditions, shelving, storage, handling & use, and cleaning & maintenance. Not all books are created equal. Some are more durable than others and some are more vulnerable to certain elements. The potential problems that may occur over time to book collections can be eliminated by taking the preventive precautions below.
Issue 5 - July, 2010
How to... Choose Archival Mat Board?
When choosing an archival mat board you want it to enhance the longevity and overall appearance of your artwork. There are many products available today that promote themselves as archival but not all are equal in quality. Three basic requirements; the board should not cause staining or fading nor accelerate deterioration of the artwork, the long term stability of the mat board should be at least equal to the expected life span of the piece, and the brightness of the board should not alter over time. There are two types of archival board to consider; one is more economical than the other, but both meet or exceed current archival standards and have passed the P.A.T.
Issue 4 - February, 2010
How to... Select a Conservator?
Selecting a conservator for your artwork collection or recently inherited family photographs can be in one word – overwhelming. Learning more about conservation itself is a great idea prior to contacting a conservator. The term and field refer to the processes taken toward the long-term preservation of property such as artwork, artifacts, documents, and photographs. The various phases of the process include examining the current condition of the item, treatment if needed and preventative care to slow and hopefully eliminate any further deterioration. Keep in mind that conservation is different from restoration, although many people seem to think they are the same. Restoration is a type of treatment used in conserving various materials and objects; restoring the current state of the item to its original condition or as close as possible.
Issue 3 - December, 2009
How to... Properly Store your Negatives?
Negative storage is an essential part of storing and preserving one's collection. The negatives are important in the sense that they are the true originals of the photographs. Storing them safely and properly is needed to ensure they will be there when and if you ever need them. It is recommended to store negatives separately from the prints, not only to prevent interaction of chemicals within each but to have options if something were to happen (such as water damage, etc.) to be able to reproduce the print.
Issue 2 - September, 2009
How to... Know What to Archive?
You have gathered together or possibly inherited your family's old photographs and are looking to archive them. However, you are not quite sure on where to begin. You've started researchi ng the process online and all the information seems overwhelming. You never imaged there would be so many options for storing and preserving your family's history. Should you frame them, display them in an album or store them away in a box? Below are a few guidelines to consider when deciding; how you want to tackle your project?
Issue 1 - June, 2009
How To… Create a Print Storage Area!
Private collectors and small institutions do not always have the option of adapting an entire area of their home or office for the proper storage of their prints. Many times individuals store their family photographs in a shoe box in the attic or basement. As you can imagine this is not the best place for them. The extreme conditions of temperature and humidity in these areas are hard to control and will only aid in the deterioration of the prints.