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Re: Scan or shoot photos

I do not think that the light would harm either one.  My major concern is
that, if the material is bound, a flatbed scanner could damage the
binding.  Indeed, I think that you would probably get adequate copy
photos with a high-resolution, fine grain 35mm film.  I make slides of my
black and white work with color film.  35 mm has the additional advantage
in that scanners are more available than they are for 4x5.  Any of a
number of books on photographing your art-work can give you specifics on
how to do this.


On Sat, 11 Apr 1998, Charles Jones wrote:

> >a print is only as archival good as the paper it is printed on and laser toner
> >is just melted plastic. Fiber based photographs are pretty archival
> I guess I need to explain the situation more fully.  I plan to create a
> book using capitol letters, frontispieces, and other designs drawn by an
> artist who was working around 1914-38.  I need the work in digital form to
> allow for proper reduction and to allow for a file that can be used for
> cuts to be made in zinc.  Since the designs are only black and white or
> occasionally black and red, I really don't need 4x5 transpariences or
> photos that would only have to be re-scanned or reduced photographically by
> the engraving co.  The museum director who has possesion of the works is
> reluctant to have them scanned in favor of having them photographed on a
> copy stand.  It seemed to me that a flat bed scanner would be less harmful
> to the work and would be a benefit for cataloging, exchange of information,
> scholaraship from a distance, so to speak. The costs of photography are a
> consideration also, with the price quoted for 4x5's at $75.00 each.
> So the question is really: Which is less harmful, the light from the
> scanner or the bank of photofloods on a copy stand?
> Thanks for the info. I have received, Charles
> Charles D. Jones
> Artist/Printmaker/Fiddler
> and professor of art
> Crazy Creek Press
> Stephen F. Austin State Univ.
> Box 13001 SFA sta
> Nacogcoches, Tx. 75961

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