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Archiving black and white prints


hobbo Plus
10 1.7k 4 England
20 Dec 2020 2:53PM
EPZers .... I require the advice of any member/s who already archive printed copies of their black and white photographs please.

For the past three years I have created my own...Photo-Books... using Apple Pages, software then saved as PDFs for my printer to complete....
This has worked very well for a mix of both colour and mono work, with the printing being first class on double-sided paper; for up to ten copies.

For 2021 and possibly the future I intend to go down a completely different route... ...for the past two weeks the technical manager at...BookprintingUK .... the company ai use, has been working with me to get best results possible from their system...
We have now agreed that each image will be printed on the heaviest silk-surface paper available, so the end result looks and feels like a print from film days.... the samples he me sent are amazing.
Instead of putting the prints in a book, I will be archiving each one inside an acid-free museum quality glass-clear loose-leaf A4 pocket .
Then stored inside a leather bound presentation loose-leaf folder....so at any point in time, each print can be removed for viewing, or even framed for a while.... BookprintingUK is an amazing company who really do listen to customers.....

Question? As each print, just like an old film days one might be subject to curl.... should I paste/glue/ them to a backing card ?

Any other advice very welcome.....

Cheers!

Hobbo
Philh04 Plus
16 2.3k United Kingdom
20 Dec 2020 3:17PM
Personally I would avoid pasting/gluing onto the backing card and would use Archival Acid free corners such as these.

The NHM archivists used this type of mounting.

HTH

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