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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
August 15, 2014 – Updates for Batch L1 Posted Today
Updated reports for Batch L1 were posted today. This batch contains numerous samples made not by inkjet but by the traditional silver gelatin photographic process, Resin coated (RC) and fiber base (FB) samples of the process are in test - untoned, selenium toned, and sepia toned as well. Many of the Silver gelatin print samples have now reached enough exposure to trigger both the lower and upper limits of their Aardenburg Conservation Display ratings. The subtle exhibited changes in color and tone are essentially due to the residual levels of incorporated optical brighteners ( OBAs) left in the emulsions after processing. The additional toning and extended washing step in the process tend to remove some of the incorporated OBAs which helps to extend the lightfastness rating for the toned samples. All of the RC samples show significantly weaker performance than the FB samples, again due to the higher levels of OBAs incorporated into the RC emulsions by the manufacturer.
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.