Damage to films

Film can be damaged by physical wear and tear such as scratching, biological damage because the gelatin is a protein and makes a good nutrient source for various biological vectors such as moulds, bacteria and insects, and because of shrinkage.

Care in handling film and ensuring that any mechanical equipment is correctly adjusted will prevent damage.

This chapter contains pages on Physical damage, Biological damage and Shrinkage.


Malloch, D. 1981, Moulds, Their Isolation, Cultivation and Identification, University of Toronto Press