>I think the reusability of lightboxes is different from that >of fixed frames. The main difference I see is that a >16"x20" lightbox can be used to display a photo of >any size (16"x20" or smaller) without drowning the >photo in the huge matte that would be needed to repurpose a >fixed 16"x20" wood or metal frame for a much smaller >photo.
Well there would still be a mask even it is black around the smaller image in the 16x20 lightbox wouldn't it? You comments are based on the premise that everyone frames images the traditional way perhaps using an overlay white matte (or a variety of colors), etc. Some of us don't display images using this method With regards to this single aspect you don't have me sold. No doubt, the method you describe would be awesome to see but I am not seeing any cost effectiveness.
I would be curious about the cost difference between one of these transprencies and a 16x20 print. I cannot imagine it being more cost efficient getting someone else to do the transparency vs me printing my own 16x20. In fact I see the cost being substantially more.
>I think the most important aspect of any photography >show/exhibition has less to do with print vs. transparency vs. >iPad vs. online/large monitor display as it does with ambient >lighting.
I have had a number of places approach me to display and the lack of decent lighting was the cause for me declining such invitiations. Just like in photography itself being all about "light", displaying images successfully is all about "light". I see the light boxes you speak of perhaps being a lower cost solution to a lighting system within a gallery. Regardless where you hang the box...it brings its own light.
Thank you for the interesting read. As I previously said however, my blog posts are directed at encouraging the hobbyist photographer to "show their stuff" in the real world which can be in a lot of different venues that aren't really like the big time galleries and museums you speak of. Someone exhibiting their photography is not limited to solo exhibitions either.