What You Need to Know to Preserve Your Vintage Photographs
Thursday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Harris Community Auditorium
A visual lecture by Walter A. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Photography, Ohio State University
The problems of the aging of vintage photographs require different corrective solutions. There are solutions for most of the many issues of decay affecting the overall condition of your family photographs, and with care you can extend the life of those valued photographs for many years to come.
But as with any restoration process, there are some problems that require professional assistance, simply because you could do damage to the photograph that could not be corrected later.
All restoration is done with one thought in mind; to do no harm to the original image, and that requires the correct information (type of photograph and its age) and an understanding of the problems that confront you before beginning any cleaning or restoration.
Johnson will offer an overview of many of the commonly known types of historic photographic images, date them for you with real examples for you to see, and examine. He will also discuss the different issues of soiling and what can be done to correct those problems. With many family photographs simple cleaning and storage methods will extend the images for future generations.
In addition, Johnson has purchased a batch of vintage photographs and will explore them for the first time with the audience. He also encourages people to bring their own vintage photographs for use in an open discussion of the issues of the changes in photographs because of stains, fungus, fading, soils, and other common problems of decay.