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Print durability is about the retention of image quality and chemical and physical properties of the print under varying environmental conditions, whereas print longevity is about the retention of artistic, sentimental, and/or historic value over time. Print durability and print longevity are thus related but are not the same. The printmaker makes important material and process choices affecting print durability. The print owner makes important curatorial and environmental choices affecting print longevity.
This website is dedicated to digital printmaking and to the preservation of prints and photographs. It is intended to foster a more meaningful conversation about print permanence (i.e., both durability and longevity) between photographers, printmakers, collectors, museum and archives specialists, and also manufacturers who want to provide more appropriate guidance to their customers.
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December 12, 2013 – Updates for Batch M1 and One New Sample.
Updated reports for 14 samples in Batch M1a were posted today, and a new sample, ID#302, has also been added to this batch (M1b).
Batch M1a has reached 40 megalux hours of accumulated light exposure. The new sample was printed by an AaI&A member on Red River Ultra Pro Satin 2.0 paper using an Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer and Lyson Fotonic XG (dye-base) inks. This new test is only at 10 megalux hours total exposure, but the sample is already well beyond its Conservation Display rating limit (0.9 - 1.4 Megalux hours) and exhibiting very noticeable fade.
Please compare this new result for the Fotonic XG inks to several other samples in batch M that were also printed on Red River Ultra Pro Satin 2.0 paper using other dye-based and pigmented ink sets. The highly fugitive light fastness performance of the Fotonic XG ink set is perhaps surprising considering the optimistic claims about it's longevity that can be found on both the North American and International Distributors' websites.
Some members of Aardenburg Imaging & Archives have generously donated money and/or samples to our digital print research program during the past year. You believe in our work, and we want to thank you for your continuing support! Here is an AaI&A logo that you can place on your website along with a link to AaI&A if you like. We hope it will help you promote your personal commitment to an informed understanding of the durability of modern digital printing processes as well as more public awareness of the Aardenburg digital print research program.
When you download and unzip this file, you will find a folder with small, medium, and large images of the 2013 AaI&A membership logo. The small or medium size images may be just what you need for your website while the large one is useful for printing or resizing to suit custom requirements.