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  1. #11

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    Re: damaged photographs

    Before you try anything potentially damaging with solvents, emulsion transfer, etc, you might talk to a film archivist about refixing and rinsing the prints. Ineffective fixing and washing can cause any number of print problems, and sometimes the damage can be halted or otherwise reduced by rinsing those staining chemicals off the print.

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    Drew Wiley
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    Re: damaged photographs

    Another tip might be the Oakland Museum. They have some of the biggest collections
    of this vintage anywhere and could probably give a good conservator referral. I have
    failed to keep up my contacts with the photo dept there, although sometimes still
    interact with the display dept, so can't give you a specific name. But it's a first class
    institution which knows how to care for stuff.

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    Re: damaged photographs

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Another tip might be the Oakland Museum. They have some of the biggest collections
    of this vintage anywhere and could probably give a good conservator referral. I have
    failed to keep up my contacts with the photo dept there, although sometimes still
    interact with the display dept, so can't give you a specific name. But it's a first class
    institution which knows how to care for stuff.
    This is a good idea. They have Imogen's work in their collection. Drew Johnson is the Curator of Photography and is in contact with the Trust. He may be able to give helpful advice.

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    W K Longcor
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    Re: damaged photographs

    Believe it or not -- years ago, the Kodak dry mount tissue was very sensitive to COLD.

    If you vertically stand a print mounted with this material in a cold, dry area for a week or so, the prints just peal off all by themselves. Honest -- I had to remount a lot of prints back in the 60's because of this.

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    Re: damaged photographs

    Also it is possible that the mounting paper could be wax based. It works very well: I have a box I use from time to time and I like better than the newer materials. Whether it is chemically archival or not, who knows, but it will melt off easily in heat.
    Regards
    Bill

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    Re: damaged photographs

    Here is a rather nice site concerning older mounting issues with tissues.
    http://cool.conservation-us.org/cool...2/bp12-15.html
    Regards
    bill

  7. #17

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    Re: damaged photographs

    Working with a strong solvent is simply nuts.

    Well, this sounds a little extreme; there are safe and effective ways to do most things.

    This is a job for a professional conservator, and even in that case you need to do your homework first, because I've known a few of them to ruin prints too.

    This, however, is right on the mark. Well said.

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    Re: damaged photographs

    I'll do it

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    Re: damaged photographs

    Hey Merg, no offence was intended by my comment. I'd hope the trust's members are good-willed individuals, but it's always good to take precautions as "YMMV"

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    Re: damaged photographs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    Hey Merg, no offence was intended by my comment. I'd hope the trust's members are good-willed individuals, but it's always good to take precautions as "YMMV"
    Ash, be assured, no offense taken! I think this group would be safe to approach, but you make a good point.

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