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Chapter 13Archiving and Permanence

The Special Needs of Digital Storage

Once you have successfully restored a photograph, you’ll need to preserve that restoration. That digital file is no less important and valuable than the original, deteriorated photograph. In the future it is likely to be the only good or even usable rendition of that image.

Toward that end, we need to think about the long term. The photographs you are restoring range from several decades to more than a century old. If you’re taking photographic preservation and restoration seriously, you have to be thinking on the same timescale for your archives. It’s not about whether ...

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