Death, decay, and "insidious mire"--all terms that might make a film archivist shudder. 

In this piece written by PRO-TEK's very own Randy Gitsch, he describes an interesting find in one of the still photo collections his team is working on.

After coming across a deteriorating nitrate photograph, he fills us in on a little history behind it, but more importantly for anyone interested in preservation, he describes why and how nitrate deterioration happens: