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Print durability is about the retention of image quality and chemical and physical properties of the print under varying environmental conditions, whereas print longevity is about the retention of artistic, sentimental, and/or historic value over time. Print durability and print longevity are thus related but are not the same. The printmaker makes important material and process choices affecting print durability. The print owner makes important curatorial and environmental choices affecting print longevity.
This website is dedicated to digital printmaking and to the preservation of prints and photographs. It is intended to foster a more meaningful conversation about print permanence (i.e., both durability and longevity) between photographers, printmakers, collectors, museum and archives specialists, and also manufacturers who want to provide more appropriate guidance to their customers.
All Donations to AaI&A go directly to the Printmakers' Testing Fund.
April 18, 2013 – New Batch M1 added to database, Updates for Batch K1.
Batch M1a contains 14 new samples that have just been added to the light fade test results database. It has reached only 10 Megalux hours in test, but already one complete Conservation Display rating has been reached for one of the samples (ID#275) and one other sample has triggered its lower limit (ID#277). Filter the list for [Batch] [contains] M1 to find all samples in batch M1a, or just scroll to the very bottom of the list. That's where you will find them with the default sort order (i.e., "id#" column sorted in ascending order).
Updated reports for all 30 samples in Batch K1 were posted recently. Batch K1 has reached 80 megalux hours of accumulated light exposure.
Some members of Aardenburg Imaging & Archives have generously donated money and/or samples to our digital print research program during the past year. You believe in our work, and we want to thank you for your continuing support! Here is an AaI&A logo that you can place on your website along with a link to AaI&A if you like. We hope it will help you promote your personal commitment to an informed understanding of the durability of modern digital printing processes as well as more public awareness of the Aardenburg digital print research program.
When you download and unzip this file, you will find a folder with small, medium, and large images of the 2013 AaI&A membership logo. The small or medium size images may be just what you need for your website while the large one is useful for printing or resizing to suit custom requirements.