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Where an how you display your precious treasures is also important in their preservation.
It is highly recommended that items
of significant value both monetarily and sentimentally be duplicated,
and the original be stored. Reproduced pictures can then be displayed
anywhere worry free, even used to make custom t-shirts.”
In either instance, it is highly recommended that you have the item prepared by a professional framer. Then have all the proper materials and expertise and specify that you only want acid-free material to avoid disappointment later.
If you desire to prepare the work yourself for framing, use only acid-free mats to keep photos or documents from touching the glass and acid-free backboards to avoid deterioration of the image.
Special UV (Ultra Violet) protected glass and Acrylic materials are available for protection of images that will have indirect exposure to sunlight. A high gloss floor can damage a photograph reflecting UV's as much as if you hung it in the sun. Use a strong Kraft material to seal the back of the frame from dust and dirt that will in time wor through to the photograph. In addition, this is a good place to put all the history about the subject and save un-framing later.
Where you display your material is your preference but whether a wall mount or a table accessory never place in direct sunlight or areas where reflected sunlight is most prevalent. Use of a portrait light has no effect on the fading process and enhances the beauty when used in dimmer areas.
The availability of expert conservators specializing in photographs is a relatively recent development. A conservator can consult on matters of preservation, display and storage. In addition, many offer expertise in safely cleaning and restoring damaged photographs. Not all conservators offer the same services, but most will make referrals to other specialists in the field.
If you live near a museum with a large collection of photographs, it is a good place to start your search for a conservator. Another source is the professional group AIC, which provides a referral service through its foundation. For this please contact:
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and FAIC Conservation Services Referral System, 1717 K Street N.W. Suite 301 , Washington , D.C. 20006 ; Telephone: (202) 452-9545; Fax: (202) 452-9328