Preventive Conservation

Photographic documents are comprised of materials that are sensitive to environmental conditions. The yellowing and fading of black and white photographs and the color change and density loss found in color photographs are common examples of chemical decay. This is often relate to the environmental conditions of where the prints have been stored in the past.

Preventive conservation deals with the causes of degradation, among which, the environment plays an important roll. It is necessary to control, monitor, and document the temperature, humidity,  light, and pollutants within the storage environment. Other common deterioration factors are: poor handling, inappropriate housing, the exhibition of art without prior care, and the occurrence of natural disasters, such as floods and fire without a pre-prepared disaster plan.

Recommendations tailored to each type of work /or collection allows for taking the proper actions to insure the long term preservation of your photographic documents.

Our services:

- Evaluation of a collection's condition and environment

- Recommendations for archiving, storage, and handling

- Creation of a preservation-conservation plan

- Staff training on handling and rehousing

- Creation of a disaster plan

- Creation of specifications for exhibition

- Consultation for mounting, exhibiting, and archiving specific works