Do you sign your prints?

Discussion in 'Presentation & Marketing' started by BradS, Sep 27, 2005.

Do you sign your prints?

  1. No.

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  2. Yes - on the back of the print.

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  3. Yes - in the boder of the print

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  4. Yes - on the back of the matte or frame

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  5. Yes - on the front of the matte

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  1. BradS

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    I was having a discussion with my accountant...er, wife about this. Was wondering what the concensus of the group is.
     
  2. wildbill

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    My handwriting is so terrible i don't want to add my name and name of the photo but i sometimes do when because people ask for it.
     
  3. Loose Gravel

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    I have always dry mounted my photos and signed the matte, but I'm considering printing my 8x10s on 11x14 and signing the print on the border and signing the window matte, too. As I'm not too valuable, machts nicht.
     
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    If matte means the passe partout (framing) of the image, I have never understood that notion...
    it is not the passe partout I made - it is hopefully the image..

    so always in the print - to the low right corner.
    (sometimes on the border, but it isnt that often I make images with clear borders...)
     
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    Stieglitz was asked why he didn't sign his prints. He replied, "Does God sign the sky ?"

    I sign the back of mine.

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  6. Bob F.

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    I sign them...

    ... but I sign them "Michael Kenna" and try to get 2000 quid for each...


    Bob.

    P.S. Apology for the short reply but I was only able to sneak in to the chief warden's office for a few minutes...
     
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    i sign mine on the back of the print, and on the overmat.
    i never use pen --- only pencil, and i always sign in 2 places so if the print is rematted at some point in the future, my mark is on the back of the print.

    ( only if i am going to try to sell in or hang it somewhere outside of my own home, otherwise they are unsigned )
     
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  8. Bruce Osgood

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    When I sign a print I want the signature to go everywhere the print goes. So to sign a matt is not signing the picture as far as I'm concerned. Once the matt is removed it's anybody's picture.
     
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    Stieglitz was a pompous ass.

    And yes I sign my prints.
     
  10. Troy Hamon

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    Didn't respond to the poll because it won't let me choose two answers...I sign on the back of the print and I sign the matt if I indeed am selling it matted.
     
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    I float mount my prints so I sign on the board that the print is mounted to, not on the window mat. I also apply an archival sticker to the back of the mat with the edition information regarding the print and I sign that as well. I dislike my signature but most collectors and galleries want the work signed on the front so I use a very hard pencil and sign my name quite small.
     
  12. Ole

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    I sign the border, since the lower right corner of my prints have a strange tendency to be solid black...
     
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    I label my prints on the back with name, date and signature (and sometimes name of the photo club and my member # when entering competitions and shows).

    Morten
     
  14. wfe

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    Initially I did not sign prints because of horrible handwriting but then people interested in my work convinced me that I should. As an artist I believe that the print should be signed. Most of my work is dry mounted so I sign the matte. If it is not dry mounted I sign the print. I also attach a label to the back with image information and contact information. If they like the work they will know how to contact me.