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    Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    Hello! I've been using 4x5 for about two years. I've been toying with the idea of contact printing using silver and alternative processing and I've been trying 8x10 in pinhole and a 150mm hyperfocal camera (cuts off the corners).
    When I see what I have hanging on my walls, I gravitate to larger sizes, generally about 16x20. When I hang 8x10s, they are in groups rather than in isolation. If I purchase an 8x10 camera but never hang the contact prints, it would be a waste of money. Now I scan my 4x5s with a 4990, so 8x10 negatives would yield some improvement (?amount?) in 16x20 prints (from what I've read in the forums) over 4x5s.
    However, if I never hang 8x10 contact prints (because my asthetics turn to larger prints), I don't think I can justify the expense and weight of a larger camera.
    So, what do folks hang on their walls? Do you hang 8x10s? In isolation or in groups? Can you give some guidance as to why a certain size appeals to you individually (not to sell, that is) Or do you display 8x10s in albums? Best regards.

    Mike

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    Re: Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    There are prints down to 4x5" on my wall. The largest is 20x28", enlarged from a 5x7" original. The majority is 9.5x12".

    I don't have very large solid wall surfaces, but lots of smaller areas. Anything much larger than the 9.5x12" looks too big for the space.

    Incidentally I also use a 9.5x12" camera as well as 4x5" and 5x7". The 8x10" and 12x16" cameras get a lot less use.

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    Re: Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Heald View Post
    So, what do folks hang on their walls? Do you hang 8x10s? In isolation or in groups? Can you give some guidance as to why a certain size appeals to you individually (not to sell, that is) Or do you display 8x10s in albums?
    My wife and I renovated our current house. We had long fights with the architect over walls. He wanted as few as possible (the so called "open plan") and we wanted large uninterrupted wall spaces for hanging art. We won of course ;-)

    I've actually got four large prints from 5x4 hanging in the house right now. Three are printed on canvas and stretched. The biggest of those is 150 x 93 cm (about 59 x 37 in) and the other two are 125 x 100 cm (about 50 x 40 in). The fourth one is 80 x 100 cm (about 32 x 40 in) on paper in a conventional frame.

    There are a fair number of prints by others hanging also. Most of these are 20 x 16 inches with a few 24 x 20 inches. I don't have anything as small as 10 x 8 inches.

    So... why so big? The images are typically of large landscape and this is the size that seems to work best with these images. Where the image works at this size I don't see any reason to go smaller. And with 5x4 film, I'm still below 12x enlargement for my biggest print. All these big prints are really sharp and nearly grainless even from very close.

    I guess the bottom line here is that I print them huge because from an artistic point of view that's the size the image wants to be, and because I can.

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    Re: Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    I live in a small house so anything larger than 16"x20" (matted to 20x24 and framed,) looks a little overwhelming. That said, I have one large oil painting (wedding gift from in-laws 20-mumble years ago and I still love it,) which is somewhat larger than that and takes up the only possible space for something that large. There are two photographs 16"x20" matted to 20x24, one 15"x8" (a 5x7 tryptich,) several 11x14, quite a few 8x10, a few 5x7 contact prints and several 4x5 contact prints in platinum. We do have decorating issues...

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    Re: Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    I've got a gallery of sorts going up my staircase, which has some nice big wallspaces, and I've got a number of 16x20 framed to 20x24 prints there. I've also got a number of smaller (8x10-ish) prints framed to 11x14 or thereabouts. My house is suffering, like many of ours, from art clutter- I've got something in every room. The biggest piece is in the bedroom, over the bed. It's a mixed-media abstract piece about 30x48 framed. The smallest piece is an etching about 1x3 in size, framed to about 8x10. I need to knuckle down and finish matting and framing a bunch of work I have sitting in my basement frame-shop. This is the real problem with having an artist's eye- you end up collecting all this work of your own AND of other artists of all media, and before you know it, you need 2000 sq ft of gallery space to display it all.

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    Re: Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    Different images are suited to different sizes of print and aspect ratio. But more importantly for me at the moment is my lack of wall space, since I am in a moderate sized apartment. I found that 8x10 or 11x14 is all that my current wall space can handle; there are many small wall areas. Anything larger, with the addition of mat and frame, and the walls would seem very crowded.

    I do print larger, but those go into storage until we move.

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    Re: Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    Like Bruce, I like big pictures. I generally go for 20x24 or even larger. However, I don't like canvas printed images, which pretty well limits me to the biggest size of photographic paper available.
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    Re: Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    My living room has all paintings, of various sizes, from other artists. Just because I photograph does not mean that my work is appropriate for every spot and every decor.

    Most of my own work is from MF-LF printed at 11x14. I have some smaller ones and one 10x24 from the 4x10 format. All else being equal I prefer going larger. I have one wall that is empty, and this winter, I think that I'll do a 40x50 B&W taken with the 8x10. I'd like more wall space so that I can show off more of my LF work , printed as big as I can go; I'll have to wait for that, however.

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    Re: Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    I live in a fairly narrow row-style townhouse so big art does not function that well. That said, I have one large painting that was a gift from a friend. I also have one 8x10 print from an Adams 8x10 neg. I have an 8x12 from 35mm transparency (was not going to bring my Graphic View rock climbing with me).

    My wife keeps bugging me to put more of my work on the wall but I don't seem to like my own work after staring at it a while. Though a nice panoramic would look good above the bed. Hmmm, maybe I should go rent a Noblex...

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    Re: Format size and what size prints you hang on your walls?

    I just have small images matted to 16x20 max up on the walls. Wall space is at a premium.

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