Forms of Image Deterioration

Below are some examples of common image deterioration and their causes from both traditional and digital prints.

Black-and-white print, faded due to image oxidation   Traditional color photo faded due to prolonged light exposure   Color photo that has shifted color due to uneven dye fade
Black-and-white print, faded due to image oxidation   Traditional color photo faded due to prolonged light exposure   Color photo that has shifted color due to uneven dye fade

 

Inkjet print faded by exposure to atmospheric ozone   Gelatin yellowing in traditional color photo   Color coupler yellowing in traditional color photo
Inkjet print faded by exposure to atmospheric ozone   Gelatin yellowing in traditional color photo   Color coupler yellowing in traditional color photo

 

Faded and yellowed ultrasound image   Heavy stain and silver mirroring due to poor processing of a black-and-white print   Emulsion cracking in an early RC-based color photograph
Faded and yellowed ultrasound image   Heavy stain and silver mirroring due to poor processing of a black-and-white print   Emulsion cracking in an early RC-based color photograph

 

Emulsion delamination of an inkjet print due to prolonged exposure to light   Curling of traditional photographic prints due to storage in a low-humidity environment   Mold on photograph due to storage in a high-humidity environment
Emulsion delamination of an inkjet print due to prolonged exposure to light   Curling of traditional photographic prints due to storage in a low-humidity environment   Mold on photograph due to storage in a high-humidity environment

 

Sticking of a glassine storage envelope to photographic emulsion due to high humidity   Silver mirroring of a black-and-white negative due to poor-quality storage materials   Silver mirroring around the image as the result of poor-quality over-mat
Sticking of a glassine storage envelope to photographic emulsion due to high humidity   Silver mirroring of a black-and-white negative due to poor-quality storage materials   Silver mirroring around the image as the result of poor-quality over-mat

 

Severely deteriorated cellophane tape and stain on miniature album   Print broken as the result of breakage of poor-quality brittle mat	   
Severely deteriorated cellophane tape and stain on miniature album   Print broken as the result of breakage of poor-quality brittle mat