Christopher H. Barreca

Photo-Murals for the Stage


A photo-mural is, roughly, any photo-enlargement larger than 20″ × 24″. Commercial black and white mural processing costs about $5.00 per square foot: mounting, toning, and special negative preparation are extra. It is possible to process black and white photo-murals at about a quarter of the commercial cost. The three steps are shooting and choosing the negative, testing and printing, and mounting and finishing the mural.


The negative must be clean, sharp, fine-grained, and of relatively high contrast. For shooting negatives of print material, use a very fine-grained film such as Kodak Plus-X Pan Professional®. Set the original under a clean piece of glass ...

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