John A. Roebling Bridge
Fine Art Print
First of all, you need to realize that there are many types of Prints available on the market today, and with the rapid changes in technology, new types continue to become available all the time. With all of this new technology your new print should be expected to last anywhere from 80 to 100 years depending on the type of Ink and Paper used.
There are though, three main enemies, that will shorten the life and thus your enjoyment of your print. Light is in my mind the worst of the three.
Light is one of the main causes of paper deterioration. Because paper is made up of a plant product (fiber/cellulose) high exposure to light causes oxidation to occur. The process of oxidation will in return cause the paper to yellow, changing its appearance. The ink that was used will also fade with high exposure to light. In order to prevent this type of damage display your print in an area away from a source of direct (natural and man made) light. The use of ultraviolet shielding glass or conservation glass will help protect your print from this type of damage.
In my next post we will look at the other two enemies; Humidity/Temperature and Acidity. I hope you'll stop back and check out another of my new prints and the last two ways to protect your print from damage.