A current and contemporary way to show photography, which is also professional and accepted, is the use of pins. Photographers use them to draw attention to the physical photograph.
Zanele Muholi had an exhibition on at the ‘Photographers Gallery’, “Faces and Phases” (2006-14). Here she used a white flat head pin to display her work. She has also used white frames to display her work in the past. I am also contemplating the use of very simple white frames.
The visual research I have produced looking at her display ideas has allowed me to think critically about my display options. I shall explore these options for my own work in the following pages. When viewing Zanele Moholi’s work I personally prefer the white frames. I feel these are not distracting to the photography, but protect and display the work in a traditional manner. The pins work well as well, especially when filling a whole wall from top to bottom. However, I am personally still drawn to the white frame option overall.
Having looked at Zanele Muholi’s work ‘Faces and Phases’ being shown at the Photographers Gallery, I was inspired to look into framing options. Above you can see a few different framing options such as, extravagant white frames, black frames with large mounts, frames lent against walls with the print actually displayed on the wall itself, a modernistic contemporary option.
I decided to look at the Photographers Gallery again and more precisely at Charlotte Dumas’ ‘Anima & Widest Priaries’, this used white frames, similarly to Zanoli Mahuli. However, these white frames had mounts in them, giving the photographic print more white space around it. This allows each print to have its own space and seems to celebrate the individual print more as it draws attention to the individual photographic print inside. It’s separated from others in the set, as there is more white space between them. Zanele Muholi’s work is quite tightly packed, whereas Charlotte Dumas’ work is spread. I shall have to think about how I want my work to be read when thinking about display options.
At the bottom of this page, I have produced a small mood board of other frames used at exhibition, such as tightly packed grids of white frames, grids of frames with a larger frames next to it, this draws attention to one particular print. An array of different sized square frames shown in different shapes such as 2 x 2 or 2×1 or even just in a linear layout.
Here is a mock up of the framing option that I am considering. This option gives each individual photographic print more white space around it. It allows each print to have its own space and seems to celebrate the specific print as it draws attention to the individual photographic print inside. It separates each print from each other, giving each print space to breathe.