Like all works of art, certain conditions will help ensure that your photographic prints remain in superb condition. Here is some key information that will help you maintain your pieces.
All works on paper, especially photography, are vulnerable to UV rays. Too much direct light can lead to changes in print texture and discoloration. You need to keep in mind the benefits of light for viewing your artwork and its potential dangers.
Artworks should not be hung in direct sunlight or on the same walls as windows. This will place the piece in direct danger of UV rays. If your home is filled with bright light (direct or indirect) you may want to store the piece in a closet or draw the curtains if you are going to be away for an extended period of time.
Artificial light can also be harmful, especially halogen lights and direct spotlights. Remember that light also creates heat, so works can literally be "cooked" if exposed to constant artificial light. As a rule of thumb, keep artificial lights at least 10-12 inches away from the surface of the work.
Heat and Humidity
Photographic prints will be adversely affected by heat, water and overly humid conditions. You will notice a buckling of the print surface and even discoloration. Avoid hanging photographs in rooms with high moisture content, such as bathrooms and sauna areas. Also be careful of areas where liquid spills are likely, such as sinks, food preparation areas, and bar areas. Do not display artwork near heat sources (such as stove tops or radiators).