I am in the process of making a few BW prints 16+20. I know they would look good framed and matted, but I have quite a few i would like to do so that would be too exspensive to go that way. In the past I have used inexspensive Black frames which look pretty good, but I would like to show off as much as the print as I can, I have considered floating frames which I put into an earlier post. They place the print between two pieces of glass which give the print the impression of being suspended in the frame. I have also considered clip frames, but do not really like the clips on the sides. All I know is if I do not matt the prints I would like to show as much as the prints as I can. I am having a quarter inch white border printed on them. What have the rest of you done in framing your BW prints? I am sitting up a booth in our Art show next summer so I would like them to look good and still offer them at a price that will keep people interest. Any Ideas would be helpful. Thanks. Monte Johnson.
I've never treated my black and white any differently than my color prints and Ive sold my work at art shows for over 30 years. One thing I would not recommend is letting the print touch the glass because the humidity will cause it to stick. I have a resource web site that has links to over a hundred manufacturers that sell wholesale to people doing art shows.
My personal preference is to use a white matte with some texture, and a plain, black frame - somewhat narrow, but not to the point of appearing insubstantial. I also use a 3/16-inch acid-free foam board behind the print for support. I agree with you about clip frames. More often than not, I'll use a black-anodized aluminum frame, mainly because it's difficult to find a black, wood frame that I like. It's purely a matter of personal choice.
There is not much around here to experment with . So I will just have to order a frame and try it out. I know it does not take long to invest a lot of money framing a print. MCS makes a flat wood frame that might not look too bad. They also have some real thin format frame that might work. Wish I could affort to spend the money I want on them, but my budget just won't justify that. Monte Johnson.