Ken Bailey Fine Art Photography
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M A T T I N G
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F  R  A  M  I  N  G
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Archival Matting:  All of my work is matted with acid-free 100% cotton rag matboard.  The photograph is mounted onto acid-free fome-core using acid-free mounting tissue.  The overmat is hinged to the fome-core with acid-free linen tape.  The materials I use are more expensive than those used by many other artists, but I hope my customers understand the difference and appreciate the higher quality.

The title, edition number and signature are written on the mat along the bottom of the photograph.  All of this is written using a technical pen with a .13mm nib  (many people comment on how small it's written) so that it's not a visual distraction from the image.  The title, edition number and signature, as well as the date the photograph was printed, are also written along the bottom edge of the photograph underneath the mat.  I do this so that the information will still be present in the event the overmat ever becomes separated from the photograph.  I sell all of my work matted.  My prints are not available unmatted.

The exception to the above would be my 4x5 and 5x7 prints in 8x10 mats.  These are mounted on acid-free 100% cotton rag mat board, same as the overmat, rather than fome-core.  These prints are not dry mounted, but held in place by a strip of artist tape.  They are signed and numbered on the back of the print and the overmat.


Framing:  I've been using Nielsen's new Florentine frames.  Although they cost quite a bit more than the simple aluminum frames I used to use, these new frames have a much more distinctive and classier look.  They compliment the black-and-white photographs very well.  This frame has a wider profile and a nice brushed finish (which doesn't show up in the illustration).  I most often use the Florentine Black with the beaded edge.  This "black" has a nice warm tone to it, and it goes very well with the warmtone paper I use for most of my work now.  Occaissionally I use the Florentine Silver frames, with or without the beaded edge, for some of my lighter images when I feel the black frame may be a little too overpowering for the image.  This frame also has a rather warm tone to it, almost a champagne color (not what you would normally think of as silver), which also goes well with the warm tone photographs.

I've recently been framing some of my work in wood frames of various styles.

I attach a piece of corrugated plastic to the back of each frame and seal it all the way around with artist tape.  This Corro-Plast acts as a moisture and dust barrier to help protect the photograph.

If you wish to order a framed photograph, contact me to discuss framing options.