It is advisable to consult with a conservator to assist collectors in best advising them how to protect, preserve and maintain their fine art photography.
Air contamination and pollution (especially in urban areas) accelerate oxidation processes to the point where one of the serious preservation problems is the high saturation of oxidizing gases and agents in the air.
High levels of light can seriously attack prints based on certain black and white photographic processes and seriously threaten the stability of color images because many dyes are highly susceptible to fading.
Never hang a work of art above a working fireplace, even if it is a tempting focal point in a room.
Water is one of the worst enemies of photographs as even the slightest exposure can cause serious damage. If your photograph has gotten wet, it is important that you contact a photographic conservator as soon as possible.