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KirbyKrieger

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Display (and protect?) matte prints with no glass?
« on: June 20, 2013, 11:19:04 AM »

I don't like glass.  I don't like _any_ glass.  I like the way prints look.  I print matte, on regular matte papers, using an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 -- and then sold work gets put under glass which
 - changes the way the illusion of depth works
 - changes our perception of the surface
 - adds glare and reflection (even expensive non-glare non-reflective glass), which _really_ crushes the conduit between perception and appreciation, imho.

Is there any accepted procedure for printing and selling photographs to be displayed on walls that does _not_ rely on a suffocating layer of glass (or plastic)?

I have made arrangements with some people to simply replace the print at cost when it is damaged.  My current work uses a lot of darks, though, and the dark expanses are very easy to mar, bruise, scratch, and discolor with skin oils.

I want the protection of glass without glass.

Thanks.  This has rankled me since my very first print.

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Re: Display (and protect?) matte prints with no glass?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2013, 08:54:30 PM »

I understand your concerns but the realities of the marketplace dictate providing a product 99% of customers expect. Like it or not, it's glass.
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Re: Display (and protect?) matte prints with no glass?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 11:28:07 AM »

It is annoying me that the photograph that looks best is the one that fell off the wall, broke the glass and was put back up without glass.
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Re: Display (and protect?) matte prints with no glass?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2013, 02:39:09 PM »

It's called canvas!
Looks as good if not better then matte papers and when properly varnished it is stunning.
It also sells!
If you do a search on this site on canvas printing you will find several hundred threads.

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Re: Display (and protect?) matte prints with no glass?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2013, 02:43:28 PM »

Sorry but canvas has none of the appeal of a finely printed photograph on a quality mat paper.
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