Repost: Varis Photomedia - Low Cost Photo Hanging Solution

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Minimalist Gallery Print Installation

I currently have a show of my Tarot images hanging in the Calumet Photo Los Angeles store—22, 16×20 prints are being displayed in a separate gallery room in the back of the store. The show is up through August 5th and the reception is July 24th!

magnetic thumb tacks gallery

This is not a traditional gallery show; Calumet cannot act as an agent to sell prints and the cost of producing the show was all on me. With little opportunity to make money from the sale of prints, I was more interested in keeping costs down so I really needed to find an inexpensive solution for displaying the prints. Most of the cost of a gallery show is in the framing and hanging of prints!

My solution was to mount the prints directly to the walls with Magnetacks! These are a very cool kind of magnetic push pin system that allows for attaching the prints without putting holes in them.

magnetic push pins magnetacks

The prints are hung with Magnetacks, which are small magnetic dots that hold the print to a magnetic thumbtack.

The system sandwiches the print between a magnetic dot and the head of a thumbtack.

magnetic poster hanger

The complete Magnetack.

magnetic photo hangers

The thumbtack portion pushed into the wall.

magnetic push pin poster hangers

A powerful magnet end piece locks onto the thumbtack.

magnetic thumb tacks push pin

The magnet holds the print without damage.

magnetic push pins magnetacks


An attractive minimalist solution.

Hanging prints in this way is very easy. The print can be leveled just by pulling and pushing into position because only the friction of the magnets are holding the print—it is infinitely adjustable! The cost of the tack system is quite reasonable as well. 48 Magnetacks, enough to hang all 22 prints, cost $50, or less than the cost of one frame!

You can buy Magnetacks from their website:

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