29 January 2008

Thousands of negatives of pictures by Robert Capa found in Mexico

The New York Times reports that three cardboard valises with over 3 000 negatives by Robert Capa has been found in Mexico City. Capa himself thought that these negatives were lost forever. They are reported to be in good condition. An amazing story.

I can´t help but thinking what will happen to the pictures of our times stored on CD or computers. Will they be around in 70 years to come? /Ulf

6 comments:

Darren said...

Very interesting news, Ulf...hopefully it won't be too long before some of this 'lost' hoard is published. I think that that the archival properties of digital cd's are estimated at around 100 years...but I'm sure it will take specialists with some very retro equipment to access this data mine in 100 years, what with there being umpteen generations of technology possible in 100 years.

ulf said...

digital CD:s last for 100 years(don´t think so Darren - 10 years perhaps) My CD:s last 10 months at the very best ;)
so I put my faith in my negatives
;)

Darren said...

'gold/gold' standard cds are being flouted as having a lifespan of 300years, some manufacturers even prepared to back up the 'hype' with 'guarantees' of up to 100 years against data loss from material depreciation, not scratching and so forth which is an 'optical' problem...which is the reason that mine only last for 10 months too :))))) Then there's 'glass master' cds and 'silver/silver' standard too...potentially a viable alternative to archiving negatives, but keep keep your fingers crossed that someone at least has 'emulator' software to retrieve these files from disk in 100 years time:)

ulf said...

haha
well the manufacturers will probably not be around in 2108, so they have no problems in making guarantees for the future
what was it called gold/gold and silver/silver? OMG that sounds reliable...Where can I get them?
are they scratch proof too
;)

Darren said...

lol...I haven't tried hitting cd's with a hammer to see if I could get them to play from just one fragment, as some people thought was possible when cd's first came out ((haven't even come across anyone who has tried this!)) But there ARE other methods of data storage, so that future generations can enjoy today's photography, Ulf...other than piling up a 'mountain' of negatives like a 'stash' in an ancient Egyptian Pyriamid ;)

T from ancient Egypt said...

hehe
you get the last word here /Tutanchamon
;)