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The following applies to the recovery of 20th century black-and-white photographic and contemporary color materials. These photographic materials require immediate attention. Careful air drying must commence within 48 hours after becoming wet to achieve the best results (1,2).
Note: Images made by earlier 19th century processes, e.g. Ambrotypes, Tintypes, Daguerreotypes, collodion, silver gelatin glass plate negatives, plus earlier color processes, e.g. Autochromes, Dufay color, Paget, Finley, and Agfa color that are water-damaged, all require different procedures to prevent deterioration and permanent damage. These should be referred directly to a qualified Photographic Conservator for advice and treatment (see below).
Attention to the response steps given below will help Document Reprocessors successfully recover your photographic materials with minimal changes in their appearance.
For additional information about restoring wet photographs and prints, refer to:
In addition, please take a tour of our operations through our comprehensive slideshow, or view the Document Reprocessors informational video and learn more about how we can help you save your wet photographs and prints when disaster strikes.