TAKING CARE of YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
As with any artwork or archival photograph, proper care will minimize color changes and maximize display life of your photographic images. Handle your photographs carefully, preferably with gloves, to avoid transferring human skin oils to your prints. Human skin oils can deteriorate your photograph. Avoid stacking prints on top of each other without protective sheeting between them.
Prints should be framed under glass or placed in an acid-free plastic sleeve to protect the prints from atmospheric contaminants like humidity, smoke, and ozone, which can damage your prints over time. All framing materials, such as matting or backing, should be acid-free. As with all fine art or photographs, your prints should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent color-fading. For proper storage, prints should be stored in an acid-free photo album or plastic photo storage box in acid-free archival sleeves commonly available from most camera shops.
Protect your images from extreme temperatures and humidity. Avoid storing them in hot attics or wet basements.
For examples of the damage that can be caused by improper framing or storage of photographs, browse through the images in my Restoration and Retouching Gallery (Restoration of Damaged Photographs).