A frame is a boundary, a threshold; the demarcation between the edge of a work of art, and everything that lies beyond that—namely, it communicates to the viewer the border between the world, and the representational space of the work of art—which itself refers back onto the world. When we speak of photography the first act of framing occurs in the demarcation of space set out by the photographer and the photographic apparatus; literally in negotiating what is to be included in the picture, and what is not. As such the edge of the photograph can be thought of as being just as significant as what is more centrally oriented in the frame, because it speaks in terms of absences—that which is not in the frame—which can often be as powerful, if not more so, than the presence of a thing.  

Beyond all else picture framing is

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