When printing your image, we know your first and most burning question: “Will the picture of my Uncle Joe in his treasured bell bottoms last long enough for my grandkids’ kids to laugh at?” And while we can’t guarantee your great-grandchildren will laugh instead of cry, we can guarantee that the inks we use at Image & Frame will last at least 95 years printed on archival paper and cared for properly.
As paper technology advances further and further, so must ink technology in order to be of any real use. When giclee prints first started being produced in 1991, printmakers were primarily using dye-based inks, which have a high color vibrancy but are water-soluble – not the best choice to use when you wish to preserve your image. According to Wilhelm Imaging Research (WIR), the leading researcher in the stability and preservation of digital images, ”
- Henry Wilhelm, “Contemporary analog and digital color photographic prints: Dye and pigment process descriptors, naming conventions, dating and permanence characteristics.” Abstract for the 42nd Annual AIC Conference, May 28-31, 2014. [↩]