Disagree. This is equating prints/photographs as ultimately vessels of visual consumption.
Originally Posted by Hikari
One could play devil's advocate and say that if the photograph is seen at all, then that's enough. But to be reasonable, I think round-tabling an archive box of 5x7 prints with friends or other photographers is a heck of a lot more nourishing to the soul then staring at a 16x20 on the wall.
Saying an unmounted print is like unplayed music is like saying a contact sheet has no point or is "unsung" because it's a collection of frames of no ultimate destination. Even the contact sheet itself has fundamental meaning behind it, mounted or not.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.