Lesson of the day: How to frame a photo according to the experts Contemporary Art 09/12/2020

You just bought a great and shocking photograph with which you want your house to be the closest thing to a gallery, but there comes that uncomfortable moment in which, facing the wall, you have to make one of the most important decisions, which is to answer to the next question, and it is " and now how do I frame it?”

Well, no alterations, because at Balclis we offer you some of the tips and tricks given by three great experts , specifically an editor of artistic photographs, a photographer and a professional framing, so that that way you can get the most out of your photography and make it the center of all eyes.

This is what they have told us.

  1. YellowKorner

YellowKorner is a renowned art gallery and specialty shop in photographic decoration that has more than 75 venues throughout the world.

From Yellowkorner it has always been recommended that for a small format the framing is as simple as possible, so that in this way it helps the viewer to focus all their attention on the work. A white mat or beveled are some of the more options advisable, however, if there is a favorite option for them it is a simple black frame. The aluminum frames are very clean and modern. What yes they should not forget is to protect the photograph well with a glass or tempered glass.

Precisely one of the most current trends is to place several works by different authors and / or themes on the same wall, and for this they advise playing with frames of the same material, but in different sizes.

In the case of large formats, the star frame is on dibond of aluminum. We are talking about a rigid and light support on which place the photo. Consists of two layers of aluminum around a layer of polyethylene with a total thickness of 2mm. From the rear, a rectangular frame is the one that allows to give rigidity to the structure and fix the hanging system, while, at the front, a acrylic glass is what serves to protect the work and emphasize the colors and contrasts. Definitely one of the most appropriate and elegant finishes to display and preserve a large photograph over time.

Likewise, for those looking for a touch something more classic, the dibond supports what is known as an American box, a wooden box on which the photograph seems to float , this being one of the most common methods used in assemblies of the exhibits by providing a sense of majesty and depth.

       2.  Agustín Pereña

Pereña acknowledges being a minimalist in terms of decoration, so in the choice of frames it was not going to be less. East, if you have to frame a photograph, taking into account the type of wall and the color of the same, opt for the safest, the thin black frame, yes, he clarifies that he also likes that they have little thickness frontal and more lateral thickness, that is, that it is deeper, although without going overboard.

Equally ensures that with monochrome photos metal works just as well, but on white walls. Black, on the other hand, is less risky, but is better from your point of view.

As for the mat, he admits that he does not dislike it, since depending on of the image they have can even favor it, moreover, Perpetual leans toward a large amount of paspart uacute; to make the effect of the image even smaller.

What of white frame on white background affirms that it can also be a good option , so the less distracting the better, and yes. that shows somewhat more averse to those baroque frames with reliefs and engravings, although he also understands that it is necessary when space asks for it shouting.

At the other end, he opts for the possibility of not even putting a frame. In that case, he opts for a glass pane, that is, the photography behind a glass without more. One thing that he is very clear about is that he would never frame something in gold, although he recognizes that if they have a wide wall with many works and they want one to stand out among all there are certain shades to which that one always directs one's attention, and precisely the gold is one of them.

       3. Ángel Vallano

With more than 30 years of experience in the glass sector and the frames on all types of surfaces, Angel comments what handling photographic paper is one of the most delicate, since it requires contact with cotton gloves to do so. avoid leaving the natural fat that we usually have on our hands.

Where appropriate, when submitting a photograph in the format chosen by the client, the first and last thing they take into account is to try to preserve the image quality, and for this they use glossy glass, in the case of not having a direct focus, and matte to avoid certain reflections, without forget that matte glass mitigates the photographic image by 30%. Finally, the well-known 'museum' glass with ultraviolet filters that control reflection by practically 99%.

Already to accompany the image choose because they add presence and increase their visual value, and what better way than a 'museum' mat, acid-free, PH neutral and not less than 2.3mm thick. In your case for the size of the mat, that is, in the which refers to the width to frame the photograph say to be generous depending on the size of it. Our experts in online auctions this technique is commonly recommended: it does not invade the work or visually nor in a biological way.

Regarding the choice of framework as experts in the field, the most widespread option and used by your clients in most exhibitions in photography they opt for natural wood frames, especially oak, beech, linden or mansonia.