How to organize and archive negatives?
Recorded on October 19th, 2016
I could read threads like this one all day:
After digging out some 20- to 25-year-old black-and-white and color prints the other night, I can’t believe how bright and sharp and rich they still look. It really brings home what they always say about digital photos being so fragile and ephemeral in comparison to analog. I still have tons of the negatives that go with those photos, and the archivist in me wants to methodically (but hurriedly) organize them in vinyl sleeves. I suspect it has something to do with the fear of death and losing the memories those photos bring back. Who would I be saving these photos for if not for me?
I have no great answers for that, but I still want to do it before any more entropy takes over.
I also want to save them because they are the original high-definition imaging format. The resolution in 35mm film is still a force of nature, and even now only the most expensive digital scanners can come close to capturing the detail and range of what is stored in those negatives.