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Re: possible answer to archivalness comparison between carbon gum andpt/pd


One anecdote from the days when "C" prints were the hottest thing had it that in response to questions on longevity of his prints, one photographer's answer was, "What do you expect of a $1200 print - to last FOREVER!?"

By the way, why are you not passing on cost for framing and matting to the buyers? Or to the charitable organizations that you donate your work? By the way, on that last point, everyone is writing your representatives to pass the artist deduction bill (S.548) (H.R. 1524). Right? If not, here is the link:

Sam Wang

On Mar 1, 2008, at 10:49 AM, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:

I also contemplated last night whether archivalness was important in our work, or displayed a certain hubris that we thought our work was so important it should last for historical value. Then I realized that **I** get asked questions by customers about how long the print will last! And I have been told that if a museum or a gallery wants your work, they, too, ask these kinds of questions, so to me we should worry about it, not as a pride thing but as an integrity thing. Otherwise, why should I have my framer always mount my gum prints in archival mat board, both front and back? It costs me an arm and a leg...