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Degraded Photos and Color Casts

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

Degradation of photographic images is a common problem. Over the years, color photographs undergo changes after exposure to sunlight or UV rays.

The rays from the sun break down the dyes and pigments used to construct the color photograph. Exposure to moisture can also affect the colors rapidly. After time passes, some of these problems can become even more exaggerated. For example, sudden exposure to oxygen can rapidly accelerate the degradation process after the photograph has been stored in a sealed container for many years. The shock of the degradation can be alarming, but it is less stressful once you know that restoration is still possible.

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