Framing photos for a gallery show

Unless you have considerable custom frame design skill and are able to come up with unique frame designs for each photo and have extra money, it is better to go for consistency. There are several advantages to going with a simple consistent gallery frame such as a black frame with white mat.
1. volume discounts
2. frames do not detract from the artwork
3. frames do not detract from your overall theme
4. easier to swap components if one gets damaged
5. you don’t have to be frame designer or pay one

Before you buy anything be sure to talk to the gallery owner. They should have some insight into customer expectation. They can give you advice on if you need basic archival frames or full museum quality archival components and things like UV-filter glazing. If expectations are not that high, save your money and if you run into a customer that wants more just offer to reframe the piece for them. Many galleries have special requirements such as no glass, or only archival quality.

Frame Destination, Inc.

About the author


Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

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