Photographic mounting is a great way to present your photos or artwork for exhibitions or in your own home. Depending on the subject and nature of your images, plus the paper you decide to use for your prints, this will help you decide on which mounting material to use.
Surfaces such as Aluminium and Dibond are prized for durability, MDF for rigidity, Foambard and Foamex for lightweight versatility. Reverse Perspex is ideal for vibrant colours and aluminium adds a modern twist. Each material has its own particular characteristics so please feel free to contact us if you would like some advice.
If you interested to know in more detail about our mounting services, feel free to explore our recently launched Mounting and Framing dedicated website, and if you would like to book a consultation just get in touch!
As opposed to reverse mounting, acrylic mounting presents the prints bonded to the surface of an acrylic sheet, on top rather than on the back of the sheet. This presentation is ideal for pop-up exhibitions, however, we would not recommend it for other ways of exhibiting due to the vulnerability of the print to be damaged without any protection. This material is supplied with an aluminium sub-frame.
Perspex® mounting is a contemporary way to present photographic prints for interiors and exhibitions. The print is bonded to Acrylic using a silicon gel and then backed with 2mm Dibond®. Once the Perspex has been bonded to the front of your print the refraction of light through the Perspex® gives a high definition effect and deeply saturated colour.
Aluminium mounting is widely popular due to the archival quality of the material. Although considerably heavier and slightly less rigid than Dibond, Aluminium has the advantage of a clean silver edge which many find attractive.
Dibond® is a composite display material comprising two sheets of archival quality thin aluminium with a thermoplastic core. It is valued for its lightweight rigidity and clean white coating. At an additional cost, panels can be supplied with wooden batons up to 40×30 inches or Aluminium sub-frames.
Foamex® is a solid PVC mounting material used for simple, non-archival purposes such as exhibition prints requiring a durable substrate for touring shows or public exhibitions.
It is available in both black or white colour, as well as in 3mm and 5mm of thicknesses.
Foamboard is a lightweight mounting material used for large hanging signs and displays or as a smooth and rigid substrate for framing photographs. Prints mounted to foamboard may be attached to the wall using velcro or small nails. Surprisingly sturdy and very light.
MDF mounting is an effective and economical way of displaying prints, available in 9 or 12mm thickness. Although heavy, MDF is very rigid and the painted edges create a finished effect for mounted prints that, especially when sealed, will stand up to the toughest environments.
Kapa® foamboard is a lightweight mounting material used for large hanging signs and displays or as a smooth and rigid substrate for framing photographs. We use Kapa® foamboard, known for its aluminium foil surface, which adds a layer of protection for photographic paper. This material is available in 5 mm and 10 mm sheets.
We use grey centred board made from alpha cellulose providing very high degrees of protection. Our board passes the Silver Tarnish test making it suitable for mounting precious photographs. With a ph value of 7.5 even after 200 years, this board offers very high protection for the future.