Removing metallic silver from old prints

Discussion in 'Photography' started by George Flanagan, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. I have a number of 100-year old prints that have patches of (I believe)
    metallic silver in the darkest areas of the print. I assume this is the
    result of insufficient fixing. Would re-fixing in one of the common fixing
    solutions remove these patches. They sure screw up making scans of the

    Any help would be appreciated.

    George Flanagan
    George Flanagan, Oct 15, 2004
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  2. George Flanagan

    RSD99 Guest


    (1) At the very least, that would destroy the collector's
    value of those prints. Additionally. depending on the
    process used to make the original print, it might totally
    destroy the print.

    (2) SEVERAL of the printing processes "used 100 years ago"
    actually were designed to do that.


    IMHO: Don't even try to do that.
    RSD99, Oct 15, 2004
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  3. George Flanagan

    dadiOH Guest

    It has nothing to do with fixing, it is a physical exudation. You can get
    it off - at least partially - with a pencil eraser but I wouldn't.


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  4. George Flanagan

    Dirty Harry Guest

    Just scan them and restore with photoshop...
    Dirty Harry, Oct 17, 2004
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