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Chromogenic print

Postby Framing Frenzie » Thu May 03, 2018 12:11 pm

Hi. A customer has bought a chromogenic print and asked me if I am familiar with how to frame one. She has bought it from the National Geographic Gallery who told her it needs cold pressed between two sheets of museum quality acrylic. What?!! I thought I should seek advice. Any ideas please?
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Re: Chromogenic print

Postby huntvambo » Thu May 03, 2018 12:32 pm

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Re: Chromogenic print

Postby David McCormack » Thu May 03, 2018 1:23 pm

Not another one!! :Slap:

A chromogenic print is basically the same as any Photobox/Snapfish type print and is probably on gloss paper if not then lustre. They look great if mounted but this of course is not reversible. They can be difficult to hinge if very big so often the best method is a platform mount, but mounting in a roller press gets them nice and flat and they look great.

I can see some NG prints are available over 1m and up to 2m in size. This photo takes my breath away it's amazing. But two sheets of museum acrylic in that size :sweating: :sweating:

Maybe contact Steve Goodall to get his advice on mounting large prints like this?
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Re: Chromogenic print

Postby Framemaker Richard » Thu May 03, 2018 3:13 pm

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/c/c-print

"...The chemicals are also extremely sensitive to water, light, and heat, making it difficult to protect C-prints from deterioration."

In both these topics the sellers of the prints have suggested or specified how they should be handled and framed, why not just contact them and ask for their specific recommendation for how this is done, especially seeing as how they make a point of telling the buyers about how the prints should be treated...

By "cold pressed" I guess they mean that the print should be cold face mounted to the acrylic, not just put between two pieces of acrylic (ask them what they mean!!) so why not use aluminium on the back? why do they suggest acrylic unless they are being backlit of something.
If they want AR acrylic to reduce the reflections then there are companies who do this too (like Diasec/Kaymounting, I'm sure are others too).

http://kaymounting.co.uk/products/#/

Also do they actually mean Tru Vue Optium? there is also Perspex VA 'museum' acrylic which is no where near as costly, and also Perspex VE (not sure how much this costs)
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Re: Chromogenic print

Postby David McCormack » Thu May 03, 2018 4:08 pm

York and Harrogate are not that far apart.... bet it's the same customer :wink:
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Re: Chromogenic print

Postby Framing Frenzie » Tue May 08, 2018 1:54 pm

Thanks so much for your advice everyone. It could well be the same customer as York and Harrogate are pretty close. I have contacted Steve Goodhall and about to ring the gallery. I will report back with any new info.
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