How to protect photos in an exhibition that are not behind glass?

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  1. cmo

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    Just imagine an unconventional exhibition, with photos mounted on different material, not in frames.

    Is there a way to protect prints?
     
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    No, I've seen a lot of exhibitions with prints mounted in a wide varirty of ways but umless framed they have no protection.

    Simom Norfolk's huge Afghanistan prints were just hung/pinned on the wall at the Hrereford Photo festival a few years ago.

    Ian
     
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    I submitted seven prints to the Delaware State Fair one year and simply mounted them on matte and they were put on the wall of a non controlled building. Hot and humid. They made through OK for ten days. A controlled environment should fair them much better. No glass, there's not much you can do. But as long as they don't hose the dust from them ever morning with a garden hose they should come through unscathed.
     
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    i don't think there is a way to protect them.
     
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    The wedding and portrait photographers around here have their (c41 color) prints laminated on masonite or mat boards. They usually have a luster finish which looks good for portraits. Don't know how the "art world" would react to that.
     
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    I remember long ago there was some kind of protection spray... any idea?
     
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    What are you protecting them from? No spray will protect the print from physical damage, as glass or plexi would (within limits, of course) but would seal the surface of the image form pollutants in the air and from very casual contact, such as fingerprints. For my money, Renaissance wax is a better bet, since it gives a wonderful sheen to the image, doesn't show fingerprints and wipes clean. More of a pain to apply, but...

    There. That will be $.02
     
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    Juicy talkers, fingerprints, evil eye.

    That works? Well, this advice is... priceless. Thanks, I will try that.