Care and handling of photographs

Care and Handling of Photographs

The National Archives of Australia provide some excellent information on the care and storage of photographs.

In short:

  • Never store photographs in adhesive albums and avoid the use of sticky labels on the face of the image;
  • It’s best to avoid writing on photographs completely, however if an annotation is necessary, write on the reverse of the image with a soft lead pencil;
  • Store large photos flat in a drawer, folder or box rather than rolling or folding them; and
  • Photographs are sensitive to light and extended exposure to light while on display in photo frames may fade or darken images.

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