Laying Out Mounting & Mat Options For My New Large Format Platinum Panoramic Prints

June 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I get a lot of questions about the presentation of prints, so I thought I would share some background information about a project that I am working on for next year. 

I typically work a year or more in advance on a new project, while I am still in the process of working on my current project.  I don't like to rush things, especially in the area of presentation.  

I will be using my 8x10 and 11x14 view cameras with my 4x10 and 5x14 panoramic backs to create some new large format panoramic platinum prints.  I am in the process of acquiring a 7x17 large format panoramic camera.  The waiting time is several months, so I have to plan well in advance.  

In the photo above, you will see two formats that I laid out for my 4x10 and 5x14 platinum prints.  I work from the film size out when I design the size of my mount board.  Using the 4x10 as the example, I first add one-half inch on all sides because I like a border around my platinum prints so that I can sign and edition them. I also like the float mount type of look.  Collectors want the original prints signed, not just the mat.  After the half-inch is added, I add another 2 1/2 inches for my border around the entire print, for a total of 3 inches on all sides of the original film size.  

My 4x10 panoramic platinum prints are mounted on a 10" x 16" acid-free museum quality board and then my platinum print is corner mounted in the center of the mat board using acid-free corner holders to keep the print in place. Next, I cut my window mat with the 2 1/2 inch borders on all sides and using an acid-free tape, I hinge-mount the over mat and mounting mat board to work as a clamshell unit.  It sounds more difficult and takes more time to type all this out than it does to just do it in real life.  

In summary, I just take the dimensions of my film size and add 3 inches on all sides to determine my mounting board size.  I cut my platinum paper one inch larger on all sides than my film size to give me the half-inch area between the print and the window mat.  So, for my 4x10 prints, I cut 6x12 paper.  I like using Hahnemühle Platinum Rag paper because it looks natural when I sign my prints.  

I will write an additional article in the near future on how and why I mask my platinum paper and why it is my preference for presenting my platinum prints.


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