Category Archives: Permanence

An archive of Permanence posts by ILFORD.

Print Conservation for the Rest of Us

Image Conservation for Inkjet PrintsWhen some of us hear the words “print conservation” we immediately think of temperature and humidity controlled rooms nestled deep in the belly of a library or archive. But paying attention to some basic details of storing and displaying inkjet prints can greatly enhance the archival longevity of your own images. There’s a great resource available from the Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Simple practices like wearing gloves, using support materials to handle the prints, and paying attention to temperature and humidity can enhance the longevity and integrity of the print. The Image Permanence Institute provides and online publication called IPI Guide to Preservation of Digitally-Printed Photographs. Read it online or download it for later review.

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ILFORD Guide to Handling Inkjet Prints

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 11.17.24 AMHandling inkjet prints after they come out of the printer is important to the life of the image on paper. As we know, pigment inks come out of the printer dry to the touch. And an additional time period is needed for the image to be completely stable. Evaporation of water and and solvents is sometimes referred to as “out gassing.”  It’s important to give a print some time to “breathe” before framing so that this “out gassing” process is complete. Generally allowing the print to cure in a warm, dry room for 24 hours before framing is adequate.

After this curing process we want to make sure that we are handling prints properly to ensure their longevity. A Practical Guide to Handling Inkjet Prints for Optimum Results located under the Support tab at provides some practical advice on storing and displaying your prints for best results. (more…)

The Photographic Information Record and Your Prints

DP3 Newsletter

The Image Permanence Institute‘s latest edition of DP3 Newsletter features a very interesting article discussing the need for recording information about photographic prints to facilitate proper conservation of the images in future. The standardized format is called the Photographic Information  Record (PIR) and is currently in use by major institutions across the world. “Information collected id_screenshotincludes such items as creator, process, ownership, exhibition and conservation histories, etc. The PIR is applicable to any photographic image, whether created using a 19th century technology such as albumen or 21st century technology such as inkjet.” Read the entire article and download your PDF of the PIR. Check out information on the DP3 Project online ID tool. The Print Comparison Tool allows us to compare how an image might look on printed on and inkjet printer on Fine Art paper versus other types of papers or technology types such as offset lithographic for instance. It’s a fascinating view into how different technologies might represent the image differently.

You’re sure to want to sign up for this very interesting and informative newsletter. Visit the Image Permanence Institute website at And visit the Digital Print Preservation Portal at Learn more about how to conserve, identify, and catalogue your digital prints so they will be available for generations.

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ILFORD and Image Permanence

How long a photo will last is a constant topic of consideration. This obsession with image permanence is born, not in small part, from photography’s relative youth as a method of preserving glimpses into human history. Whether the photograph is of our grandmother in a family album, photo of a soldier gone off to war,  or a street scene shot from the camera of one of the founders of photography, we are fascinated by the frozen split seconds that are captured in a photograph. They literally allow us to time travel back in time to see how a place or a person appeared in a time very long ago.

One very important international body concerned with the permanence of all sorts of media is the Image Permanence Institute, a part of Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Technology. (more…)