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I use only Epson Printers and products for my printing (Photo 2200 and Pro 4800).  The chart below (from Epson) indicates the lightfastness ratings for various Epson papers and inks.  There are only four papers that I use: Premium Glossy, Premium Luster, Premium Semigloss, and Enhanced Matte.  (Accelerated aging tests were conducted indoors, under glass.)

Below is a direct link to Epson's website where the inks and papers are discussed in more detail.  Your prints are extremely important.  Shouldn't you trust your photographer is using only the best inks and papers for your memories?

Epson Ink Lightfastness Ratings

What is Lightfastness?

Fine print at the bottom of the above document detailing recommended photo storage conditions.

"As with traditional photos, proper care will maximize display life.  For indoor display, Epson recommends that prints be framed under glass or in a protective plastic sleeve to protect the prints from atmospheric contaminants like humidity, cigarette smoke, and high levels of ozone.  And, as with all photographs, the prints should be kept out of direct sunlight.  For proper storage, Epson recommends that your prints be stored in a photo album (or plastic photo storage box or museum storage box) in acid free, archival sleeves commonly available from most camera shops and other retailers.  By taking these steps to protect prints from direct sunlight and contaminants, you can preserve your photos for many years."

Bottom line is always store your prints behind glass or in an album out of direct sunlight.


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