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The Manual of Photography and Digital Imaging, 10th Edition by Sophie Triantaphillidou, Elizabeth Allen

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Chapter   | 18 |

Image storage and archiving

Sophie Triantaphillidou

All images © Sophie Triantaphillidou unless indicated.

INTRODUCTION

In this chapter we will consider general aspects of image storage and archival properties or life expectancy of different imaging media. Prior to digital photography the term archival was used to describe materials with a long life, which is now taken to mean a minimum of 100 years. Nowadays the term archival is less commonly used and materials are described in terms of their life expectancy instead. This is because the newer electronic media related to imaging do not have proven archival properties. All materials degrade over time and differing imaging media are subject to many causes of degradation, many ...

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