How to Preserve the Photographs by Nitin Khanna

Memories are an important part of all our lives. Photographs, scrapbooks, the family bible, old letters, and many other things help us recollect the moments of our past. Whether relationship to you means the family you were born into or the one you have selected, true kinship never fails. It needs to be well-preserved with photographs, because it is one of the only pieces of kinship that we have.

Photographs preserve memories of favorite times and special moments. It is a source of entertainment and an effective way to recall past stories. Almost every cell phone today contains cameras to facilitate such use. Every photographic process is subject to damage and self-destruction, so they need special care to preserve your sweet memories.

Understanding the underlying problem

Black and white photographic prints are processed traditionally, that’s why they last a century or more. Whereas, colored photographs because of the many dyes used to create the color are vulnerable to fading and color change. Color photos experience noticeable color change after only 10 to 15 years.

The Enemies of Photographs

All photographs fade over time. They are susceptible to the same rivals, as is paper, viz. humidity, light, mishandling and heat. Because of the chemical nature of photographs, they react negatively to the presence of other chemicals. Photographic images are found on light sensitive materials that are not completely stable, bright light also destructs the photos. Even the oils from a person’s hand, if left on a negative or photographic print, can cause fingerprints to become permanently embedded in the picture.

Preserving Photographs
1. Preferably, these memories should be stored in a cool environment. Store them in the coolest place in your house that is not subject to rapid changes in humidity.
2. Do not expose photographic negatives or prints to bright light for long periods of time. 
3. Always handle photographic negatives and photographic prints by the edges. You can also wear light gloves while handling photographic images.
4. Use good quality color negative film and paper to take and print color pictures. Choose a film with permanency in mind.
5. Use UV filtering glass, if you want to display family photographs on the walls.

The aforementioned tips will help you preserve them for long. Hope, you find it helpful! To Read more Photography Blogs visit

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