Photos mounted behind acrylic

I was in Austin, Texas recently (part of being an expert witness in software patent cases is becoming familiar with Federal courthouses in Texas) and visited the Phil Crawshay Gallery where I was exposed to some interesting landscape work. Crawshay uses a Gigapan robotic camera head, a Canon Rebel, and then prints out the resulting 1 GB (stitched) image files with a Canon ink jet printer. He mounts the prints behind acrylic and they look fantastic, with a three-dimensional depth. Can this be done commercially? Crawshay suggested Bumblejax as one lab that can do it. (He also suggested for making huge prints.)

Once on the acrylic, Crawshay sometimes puts the prints in a traditional frame, but I thought that they looked much better on the wall without a frame.

Have readers played around with this new (to me) photo display technology?


  1. Philip Morgan

    May 16, 2014 @ 3:21 pm


    This is called “acrylic face mounting”, and I agree it is GORGEOUS, especially with color images.

    I first saw this used in the artist galleries in La Jolla on a trip there last year, though I’m sure it’s not *that* new.

    There are many labs that can do acrylic face mount prints. You can print at lab A and get the mounting done at Lab B, for example, or have them both done in one place.

    West Coast Imaging is another place you can get acrylic face mounting done.

  2. J. Peterson

    May 16, 2014 @ 4:18 pm


    Crawshay also seem to have figured out how to lean hard on the color saturation. Were any artifacts of this visible up close?

  3. philg

    May 16, 2014 @ 4:20 pm


    J: It is Texas. There are no points for understatement.

  4. ToucanSam

    May 17, 2014 @ 10:47 pm


    Philg, I’d second the recommendation for bubble jax. I know they are in Seattle or something and shipping gets expensive but it’s worth it for sure!

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