The recent discovery of Robert Capa’s 70-year-old negatives in a suitcase, reminds us about how to safely store negatives from older relatives or our own film-shooting days. I too discovered a long forgotten 50-year-old negative in an old purse stored in a cedar chest for over 30 years. Both Robert Capa’s negatives and the one I uncovered survived but there are better ways to store negatives. As the world has gone digital, the new generation of photographers might not understand to keep negatives and slides properly stored, so here’s a few tips:

  • Store negatives and slides in a well-ventilated, dry area with temperatures around 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius).
  • Use archival safe boxes or archival safe sleeves
  • Keep negatives and slides out of direct sunlight.

For archival safe storage solutions see Light Impressions

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger