best way to mount frame-free photos for gallery exhibition

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by and, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. In my opinion, it really doesn't matter whether the OP ever saw any of the responses or not--the info that you all provide in a thread like this is extremely useful to a lot of us who never thought to ask the question in the first place. Your sharing of expertise is NEVER wasted!
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  2. All my delusional verbiage wasted!
  3. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Moderator Staff Member

    Tintype was popular and cheap back around the Civil War...:D Go for it if that turns your crank. some things don't change
  4. Excuse my ignorance but what exactly is a "metal print"?
  5. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Moderator Staff Member

    Simply stated, the photo is printed on sheet metal instead of paper.
  6. Thanks. I have been around for a some time but have never heard of it.
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    Certainly not wasted, it seems my question actually generated quite a bit of interest.

    Thank you ALL for your comments and suggestions, they were all very helpful to me.

    I have not made a final decision, but I'm eliminating the framing and the metal options, which probably leaves me with foam/styrene/gatorboard.

    Framing and metal I'm eliminating both on price and esthetics basis. The suggested shop (Michel's ?) just does not have the quality frames and the sizes I desire. I was considering, which I used before, but with museum glass, which is the only one that really cuts reflections ($40+ a piece for 12 by 18 from most on-line sources), this would easily run over $1000 for 16 full sets of frames. Since this is an abstract/experimental work and part of a single installation, I'm reluctant to use frames at all. I never used metal, but I'm afraid that the true matte might be not realizable here. Please, correct me, if I'm wrong. I also like the prints to be as close to the wall as possible, so since metal mounts apparently "float" in the air, this is not a good option for me. The price would be lower than the quality framing I was considering, but still about $700 for the set.

    The foam option will be close to the wall, frame-free, true matte, and cheap, but I'm afraid a bit flimsy and hard to fix in a stable and precise manner to the wall. However at present this seems like the best compromise for me.

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