The frame is the most basic element of photographic image making since it is the first element you encounter—before apertures and shutter speeds, and more immediately than media choices—when you pick up a camera. The most straightforward way to use the frame is to simply make photographs—take single slices out of time and space—and print them. But many photographers choose to represent their subjects through the use of two, three, or multiple frames configured as diptychs, triptychs, panoramic, or montage images, and they do so for several reasons.

First, the use of multiple frames allows artists to create images that cohere through gestalt; that is, several images are combined to be interpreted as a unified whole. ...

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