Much of the hallway talk around PMA has drifted to archiving, the permanence of prints from today’s home printers, and what shape our images will be in 100 years from now. The growing distrust of optical media’s archival ability combined with its lack of storage capacity for today’s huge files has people wondering, “what should I use?”
Hard drives seem OK for temporary storage, as long as there’s plenty of redundancy. But are they really practical over decades? Suddenly photographers are thinking about archiving to paper and film again — printing on stable stock with long lasting dyes and migrating their most cherished digital images to back to film. When stored properly, this return to paper and celluloid makes a certain amount of sense… I think. Or does it?