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    Do you sign your prints?

    What is the norm for mounted matted framed prints (for gallery presentation)? Do you sign the print? I used to sell work at art shows (many years ago). I didn't sign my prints then, and I noticed that most other photographers at the shows didn't either (although there were some that did).

    I'm going to be submitting work to some galleries, and I'm wondering what the standard is as far as signing framed photographs.

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    I have no idea if a standard exists, and I've only sold a couple of prints commercially, but I signed and dated them (year only) nonetheless. I'd be interested in hearing how folks who sell tons of prints deal with this issue.
    "While you're out there smashing the state, don't forget to keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart!"

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    I'm in the same float as banana: I've only sold a couple of prints. But when I have an image that I have taken from visualization in the camera through to a matted and framed print, I'm proud of it and want my name associated with it. So I sign the mount board directly below the print.


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    I prefer just to sign and title in pencil on the back of the print with the date of the neg and the date of the print, but people seem to want a signature on the front, so lately I sign on the matte as well unless I feel confident enough that the purchaser shares my preference for a clean presentation.
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    I sign and put the date and tittle (if any) on the back of the print in pencil. Sometimes i sign the Matt but not always.
    I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
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    You guys sign the backs of prints that you dry mount or do you not use dry mounting?

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    I prefer to hinge mount.
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    I hinge mount also... if I dry mounted I'd sign the back of the mount.
    I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.
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    sorry for the hijack....

    Do you hinge-mounters leave a white border or trim it all off? Do you have the window mat not overlap the print at all, overlap the print but only onto the white print border or overlap the image area?

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    I print with a border of at least 1/2" and slightly overlap the image area.
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