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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.
All Donations to AaI&A go directly to the Print Permanence Research Fund
May 6, 2014 – Updates for Batch M1
Updated reports for Batch M1 were posted today. Batch M1 uses the new report format which contains graphs as well as tabulated results. Filter the database on [batch} [contains] "M1" to easily locate all samples in Batch M1.
Three new samples have also been started on the M1 light fade unit. Their 10 Megalux hour results are now posted (ID#s 308,309, and 310 in the lightfade database). Two of the new samples were printed on Epson Proofing Paper White Semimatte. One sample is pigment based. The other uses the dye-based Canon Cromalife 100+ Cli-42 ink set printed with the Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer. The third new sample uses Cone Piezography Neutral K7 monochrome inks printed on Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm paper with an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 printer.
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 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.