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    Mounting on aluminum

    I have noticed in the description of a couple different gallery ads for someone displaying cibachrome prints that they are mounted on "anode aluminum".

    I imagine that anode is a less utilitarian sounding term then anodized, but is there some specific quality or advantage to mounting to aluminum?

    Anyone know how the prints are attached? Adhiesive, taped corners etc?

    I also remeber either Avedon or Penn had a series of platinum prints that were mounted to aluminum. Anyone know which one?

    Thanks for the replies in advance.
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    Jim, Hoopers gallery in London use this method of mounting prints for some artists. When done correctly it looks excellent but is very expensive. The prints are mounted right to the edge of the aluminum and hung using two pieces of wood, one fixed to the back of the mount and the other fixed to the wall. The wood is cut at 45 degree angle and just slot into each other keeping the image level and fixed to the wall. From the front there is no sign of how the print hangs it looks suspended. I also have one 8" x 8" print at home mounted in the centre of a 12" square piece of aluminum it looks very good but the aluminum is easily marked.
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    Jim, if memory serves me correctly several of the prints from 'In the American West' were mounted on aluminum. And since there will be a retrospective in Sept at the Carter here in FW, why not catch a flight back down then and we can go see them

    I really do not know how they were attached other than I recall the corners were not taped and it really looked like the emulsion was ON the aluminum. Will have to check Ms. Wilson book and see if she metions it...will post an update if I find out.

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    I haven't done it Jim, but I would guess that standard dry mounting techniques would work, as long as the aluminum surface free of oil and such.

    Apart from some aesthetic touch, it would sure be a sturdy mount, albeit an expensive one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Les McLean
    --it looks very good but the aluminum is easily marked.
    Yep, that would be the downside in addition to the expense. Annodizing it, which is typically black, would prevent most of the marking.
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    when I saw the Avedon show "In the American West" at the Amon Carter Museum here in Ft Worth, it was all mounted on aluminum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Chinn
    I also remeber either Avedon or Penn had a series of platinum prints that were mounted to aluminum. Anyone know which one?
    My memory is hazy on this, but I think Penn did platinums mounted on aluminum because he was doing multiple printings and the paper was mounted prior to printing to keep it dimensionally stable.

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    I professionally mounted for years and one reason Ciba or Ilfochrome was mounted on Aluminum was because the prints were flat. Mounting on foamcore or gator foam gave the orange peel affect. Other choices were Sintra or Plexiglass. - Jim

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    In the mid-70s some photo mag had an article covering mounting prints on aluminum. The idea was to lessen exposure of the print to the atmosphere by isolating the back side. As an experiment, I mounted some B&W prints on aluminum foil (Reynolds Wrap) with dry mount tissue, then mounted the aluminum foil to a piece of mount board, again with standard dry mount tissue. So, I would think dry mounting would work with aluminum sheets.

    I still have a couple of the prints. While I can't say if the process helped preserve the prints, it doesn't seem to have harmed them.
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    Dry mounting onto aluminium is a product offered as standard by perhaps the biggest conservation framers in the UK. On that basis alone I'm sure it works.

    Its also popular amongst art school students for large prints for end of year shows etc. Don't know how they afford it though.

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