Recover Photos after a Disaster by panniuniu


									                                          Recover Photos after a Disaster

  Flood waters can bring sediment and debris in contact with treasured photographs, and the water used to put out
fires often causes more damage than the fire itself. But don’t give up hope – photographs are actually very resilient.

Traditional Resin-Coated (RC) prints with a glossy or matte emulsion layer can usually be treated at home. Heritage
 and digital prints, however, have surfaces that are quite fragile when wet, and will require the specialized care and
 handling that only a professional photo conservator can provide. The variety of materials used to produce heritage
             and digital prints makes it difficult to recommend one sure-fire solution for home restoration.

If possible, we recommend making reprints of photographs or digital images from any negatives or files that may be
                           available before attempting to restore damaged photos.

 If you are unable to clean your photographs immediately, place them in plastic bags in a freezer until they can be
    cared for further. A freezer will slow fungal growth and ensure that your photographs are in a secure location.

                           The following steps can be taken to rescue your photographs:

                   Cleaning Step 1:                 Cleaning Step 2:               Cleaning Step 3:
                 With gloves on, place     Soak or rinse the photos with cold    Conduct a final rinse
                photos in cold water in water. A gentle stream of water may       using cold, distilled
                small groups of one to      be sprayed on the photo to help      water. This will wash
               five. Handle the photos loosen debris. Change the water             away any residue
                  by the edges only.          frequently to keep your work        remaining from the
                                            environment clean. Repeat this         cleaning process.
                                                  process if necessary.
                                Air Drying:                             Flattening Photos:
                  Lay photos flat to dry on either a paper If the photos are curled after they are dry,
                towel or on plastic or aluminum screening place individual photographs between two
                  material fastened to a frame. You may sheets of blotting paper. Place flat, heavy
                also hang the photos by one corner using books on top of the sheets for 24hours in
                small clothespins. Drying should be done               a humid environment.
                      in a shaded part of your home.

                Why cold, distilled water?
   The image on a photograph is held by the emulsion
layer, which is destroyed by high temperatures, humidity
    and steam. So, when you use water to clean your
     damaged photos, keep the immersion time to a
   minimum and keep the water temperature below 72
  degrees Fahrenheit. Distilled water is best for the final
  rinse, since it’s free of impurities and won’t add to the
            impurities already on your photos.

 If your photographs require additional treatment after
     these steps, we recommend that you contact a
 professional photo conservator to seek further advice.

    A professional can also scan, retouch and reprint the photographs. We also suggest using Photo-safe photo
               mounting paper for your albums to limit the damage to your albums from flood or fire.

For more in-depth information on rescuing digital and traditional prints, Creative Memories has also made available
 the Image Permanence Institute’s publication A Consumer Guide for the Recovery of Water-Damaged Digital and
                                                 Traditional Prints.

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