Handle with Care
Ricochet : David Bowie 1983 is a large, heavy item weighing around 15 kilos (33 lbs). Please ensure you carefully follow the instruction leaflet provided in the mailing box for unpacking your purchase. Moonlight Books Ltd cannot be held responsible for any damage or personal injury incurred when unpacking your purchase.
Please wear the white gloves provided to avoid finger marks, when handling the white cloth trays, the five books, the folder containing the limited edition photographic prints and the book certificate. Do not wear the white gloves when opening or lifting the package out of the mailing box or when sliding the white cloth box out of the acrylic case (using the tag provided).
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can damage the acrylic case and its contents. To protect your investment from light damage, please store it in its white cardboard case. Never hang or exhibit photographic prints in direct sunlight and try to avoid strong indirect daylight or ultraviolet light exposure. Normal household light bulbs usually do not present a problem for photography. In general, colour photographic prints are more sensitive to light than black and white prints.
Proper handling of prints is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent damage. Always wear the white cotton gloves provided and when picking up a print use both hands and make sure the back of the print is supported so it does not bend. Never touch the surface of a photograph with your finger. Your prints are protected in their folder with acid free tissue paper. Please retain this all-important layer of protection when placing the prints back in their folder.
Surface dirt should be removed from photographic prints using a soft brush. More extensive cleaning and repair should be left to a professional conservator, since photographic prints are easily damaged by moisture and solvents. The surface of photographs can also be damaged by sliding prints against each other and placing objects on top of them. Once damaged in this way, photographs are very difficult if not impossible to repair.
Heat and Humidity
Try to avoid extremes of heat and humidity. Keep photographs away from fireplaces, radiators or other heating devices. When storing photographs keep them out of damp basements and hot attics. It is best to keep them at a constant temperature and humidity (around 65 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of 40%).
Prints should be framed using acid-free, lignin-free rag mat board. A mount should always be placed between the print and the glass in a picture frame. The mount will serve to prevent the prints from becoming stuck to the glass. Only archival-quality adhesive tapes should be used for framing. Recommended tapes include filmoplast and acid-free linen tape. Ordinary masking and scotch tape should be avoided since they can degrade and discolour causing stains. Consider framing your prints behind “museum quality glass” for added protection from light damage.
Keep an eye out for insects. Insects have been known to eat the emulsion on prints, and are attracted to certain types of glue such as wheat-flour paste. Insect secretion can stain a print.
If your photographic print is damaged and in need of repair, consider your options carefully, as all restoration steps carry some risks.