A Lifetime of Memories?
I am keen to develop a new family album. I heard that archival prints last very long. How long do they last? How long will a normal print last? Which would be the least expensive option?
Rita Abraham, Coimbatore
This article was originally published in February 2015.
A print made on normal inkjet photo papers have a lifespan of about 20 years or so, if it is kept carefully. A normal, well-processed print from a photolab will last about 50-60 years in the same situation. Images on high-grade, acidfree archival inkjet paper printed with archival inks have a lifespan of over 80 years without fading, but will be quite expensive. There are many factors which affect the lifespan of a print, including the materials that are used to construct the album. For now, the least expensive option would be to get prints made from a good photolab.