Stability of RC Papers

“Resin coated (RC) papers, introduced to black & white photography nearly thirty years ago has had its share of stability problems. From emulsion cracking to red spots, these papers deteriorated rapidly. Manufacturers addressed these problems, incorporating base stabilizers, yet to this day RC prints deteriorate more rapidly than their fibre based cousins. This author has reproduced faded RC prints for preservation purposes only two years after their production. Previous works by Feldman, Bard & Lee, and Reilly et. al., have concentrated on the cause of deterioration and prevention. ” — Lincoln Ross


1] Parsons,T. F., Gray,G.G. and Crawford,I.H., To RC or Not to RC, Journal of Applied Photographic Engineering, Spring 1979, Vol.5, No.2, pp 110–117. 

2] ANSI, American National Standard Method for Evaluating the Processing of Black and White Photographic Papers with Respect to the Stability of the Resultant Image. (PH4.32–1980) 

3] Henn,R.W., Weist,D.G. Mack,Bernadette D., Microscopic Spots in Processed Microfilm: The Effect of Iodide. Photographic Science and Engineering, 9(3): 167–173; 1965. 

4] Feldman, Larry H., Discoloration of Black and White Photographic Prints. Journal of Applied Photographic Engineering, 7:1–9;(1981).