Reviewer's Comments About "The Permanence and
of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color
Prints, Color Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures"
its publication in 1993, The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs:
Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides, and
Motion Pictures, by Henry Wilhelm and contributing author Carol
Brower, has received critical acclaim in more than 100 reviews and
articles in newspapers, photography magazines, and museum publications.
In 1994 the book was awarded a special commendation by the Society
of American Archivists for ". . .writing of superior excellence
and usefulness, which advances the theory and practice of preservation
in archival institutions." Although this fully-illustrated
744-page hardbound book focuses on color photography — it
is the first book published in the world on the stability and preservation
of color photographs and motion pictures — the book also gives
the most comprehensive set of recommendations ever published on
the storage and display of black-and-white photographs. In
addition, the book discusses and shows disturbing examples of the
catastrophic image degradation that can occur with displayed black-and-white
phrases 'instant classic,' 'definitive work' and 'standard reference
work' may be somewhat abused these days but if they were ever appropriate
it would be to describe the 740 plus pages of The Permanence and
Care of Color Photographs . . ."
— Joseph Meehan (Photo District
News [now PDN], July 1994)
'Finally,' sighs National Geographic Society's Robin Siegel, conservator
of some 12 million photographs. "We've been waiting for
documentation like this from a reputable source.' Adds Peter
Galassi, director of photography for New York's Museum of Modern
Art: "Henry's work has been enormously valuable to us for protecting
our collection.' "
— Wendy Bounds (The Wall Street Journal,
August 9, 1994)
Permanence and Care of Color Photographs is the most significant
photography book to be published in recent years. The book
ties together the history of color photography, as well as the latest
developments in digital imaging, providing a fascinating overview
of where photography has been — and its projected future.
As a resource book it is unsurpassed."
— Scott Teaford (Communication Arts
— 1994 Photography Annual, August 1994)
book is a must for anyone concerned about archiving color images,
and should be required reading for all stock agencies, picture libraries,
and corporate archivists . . . ."
— George Schaub (Outdoor & Travel
Photography, November 1993)
• ". . . a front-line report on the fierce battle between
the consumers of photographic materials — filmmakers, photographers,
archivists, even the public — and the manufacturers, especially
— A. D. Coleman (Photography in New
York, January/February 1994)
• "This is the most important book on the craft of photography
to have been published in ages. I rank the significance of
this book up there with Ansel Adams' books on basic photography."
— Ctein (Photo>Electronic Imaging
(now PEI magazine), September 1993)
• "I cannot imagine anyone responsible for a collection
of color photographic images who will not be richly rewarded by
having a copy of this book, for background information and ready
reference. I know of no other such comprehensive survey
of this whole field, all its information scrupulously researched,
clearly and attractively presented."
— Daniel W. Jones, Jr. (Peabody Museum,
Harvard University, September 1993)
• "Mr. Wilhelm's work is a valuable guide for everyone
who uses a camera seriously. It is packed with tips on what
color film to use, how to find the right processing [labs] and how
to mount and store pictures."
— John Durniak (The New York Times,
July 18, 1993)
• "With 20 years of intensive research behind it . .
. The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs reads more like an
encyclopedia than a general textbook on the care of color photographs.
It is not just about color photography. This book is really
the definitive reference book on the preservation of 20th-century
photographic materials, and it tells an intriguing story.
It does not flinch from identifying the aging characteristics of
specific brand names, and in doing so, Wilhelm has helped the photographic
community set higher standards for image permanence. This
book is also important because it will greatly serve future historians
as they examine the transitional years from the dominance of photography
based on silver halide chemistry to the emergence and eventual succession
of digital electronic imaging."
— Mark H. McCormick-Goodhart - Smithsonian
(Journal of the American
Institute for Conservation, Spring 1996)