How can I safely frame my photographs?
See Preservation Guidelines for Matting and Framing. Most important:
- All materials in direct contact with the photograph should pass the photographic activity test (PAT) (ISO 18916)
- The frame should be designed so that the surface of the photograph does not touch the frame glass/glazing (keep the photograph from touching the glass either with a window mat or with spacers in the frame)
Over time, all photographs exposed to light (even if behind UV-filtering glass) will undergo irreversible light damage; if the photograph is of personal, monetary, or historic value, consider framing a facsimile and keeping the original in a good storage and storage environment.
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