How to Frame a Photograph for Gallery Exhibition

By Mark Nero
Photographs are mounted with mat board.

Photographs exhibited at an art gallery usually require the artist to frame his work before the show. This involves choosing the appropriate frame size for the photograph, which is usually one size larger than the picture. For example, 11-by-14 inch fame should be used for 8-by-12 inch photograph. The artist makes sure the color and texture of the frame compliments the photograph. He is also involved in the framing process, which includes protecting the photograph with mat board and glass.

Mount the photograph to an archival quality mat board in a light cream color. Center the photograph on the board and attach it with photo corners, so no adhesive comes in contact with the image.

Lay a second piece of mat board with a window opening on top of the photograph. Cover the image on all sides by 1/8 of an inch. Attach the second piece of mat board to the first piece with acid-free linen hinge tape. Construct the lower three sides of the frame together with the supplied hardware, such as nails or brackets. Lay a piece of glass on top of the second piece of mat board but behind the frame.

Stand the mounted photograph up straight and use a canned air duster to remove dust from the glass before securing the top edge of the frame with the supplied hardware. Attach a hanging wire across the back about ΒΌ of the way from the top edge of the picture. Apply cardboard corners to protect the frame during transport.

About the Author

Mark Nero has been a professional journalist since 1995 and has written for numerous publications within and outside the U.S. His work has appeared in "The Boston Globe," "San Diego Union-Tribune" and "Los Angeles Daily News" among others. Nero studied communications at San Diego State University.