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One of the characteristics of contemporary photography is the frequent use of large formats. The exhibition, and necessary mounting, of these large photographs raises technical issues related to ensuring that the image remains flat, isn’t too heavy to handle and doesn’t get damaged easily.

Matting—the traditional way of presenting photographs—isn’t viable for formats over 80 x 120 cm, either from a practical or an aesthetic standpoint. One good solution is to dry mount the image on a flat, light, rigid surface. The most common choices are aluminum; polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA (Plexiglas®, for example); expanded polyvinyl chloride, or PVC (like Forex®); a composite panel made of aluminum and polyethylene (like Dibond®) or a composite panel of aluminum and polyurethane (like Kapafix®). The image is professionally laminated using a double-sided acrylic adhesive. A drawback of this type of presentation is that it is not reversible. Different hanging systems can be used. The image can be framed (under glass or not, in a floater frame , etc.) or a frame-like structure can be mounted on the back of the panel. The latter option is often preferred because it makes the mounting system almost invisible.

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