Henry Wilhelm wrote a book about the longevity of photographic and print materials. His lab studies demonstrated that laser prints was slightly better than offset lithographs (such as posters and art prints made from original paintings) due to their carbon based inks. That's why laser printing is a popular choice among artists to provide an economic art print edition for collectors.
One of the least stable inks is that of ink-jet prints. Strong light over time can severely fade such prints. The inkjet paper is also not archival.
One of the most durable digital prints is the IRIS print. Advance ink sets, coatings and paper make it the collector's choice. Artists can also choose to use conventional archival fine art printmaking paper as substrate for the IRIS inks. Some say the inks are guaranteed against fading for at least 75 years.
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