Preserving my research-photo collection

Research Cooperative
11/05/12 12:33:09PM

Every time I load another batch of digital colour photos into my iPhoto libraries, I wonder what eventually will happen to my huge archive of scanned slides and original digital images.

In theory, others could track down photo sources through my handwritten diaries, in small pocket notebooks, but I doubt that will ever happen.

What I should be doing is selecting at least a 'top ten' photos every year, and making large prints on archival quality paper, with captions written on the back.

Or I could be selecting a 'top one hundred' with captions and putting them into print-on-demand albums that might eventually be stored online as PDFs in a permanent academic repository, and as physical copies in more than one location.

It is an interesting time, to be on the boundary between the print-only and digital worlds.

Maybe we can see the past and the future at the same time, just now.

Or maybe we are blind to the present, and are looking at the past and future through fog.

In any case, I hope that some of my photos do survive, somehow, into the long-term future.



Can others in this group tell us about good ways to prepare archival prints, and print-on-demand photo albums?


Stone axe and mobile phone (author, Auckland, 2012)