Environmental gases can damage paintings and prints alike
3 Although it occurs naturally in the atmosphere in small concentrations, ozone is one of the most damaging substances your photos can come into contact with. Don’t leave prints by refrigeration or air-conditioning units, both of which cause
relatively high concentrations of this polluting gas. Prints displayed in the kitchen may also be prone to fading due to the high temperatures and humidity caused by steam and the vapours from cooking.
4 You can further protect your prints from damage by showing them in either frames or an album. Both provide an additional layer of protection between the image and the atmosphere.
5 When your pictures are fresh out of the printer, don’t be tempted to leave them in direct sunlight or near a source of heat. This is a sure-fire way to bleach colours at an early stage.