8 most expensive photographs

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  1. gr82bart

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    its great to see cindy sherman's work in there !
    its too bad artists only get paid once :wink:

    what happened to peter LIK?
    last year he had sold the most expensive photograph ever sold ..
    phantom ... 6.5 million $ ?

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    to answer your question .. why?

    no idea, other than someone wanted to buy it and had $

    what i would love to know though, is if the color photographs
    have some sort of warrantee against fading and color shift. the jury
    is still out for new color technology ( pigments and whatnot ) and unless it is
    very old technology ( like gum , or dye transfer ) there are problems ..i'd love to
    know if the built in obsolence causes the price to go UP on a modern color photograph
    knowing that all the others have turned green or shifted to magenta or ??
    if the images degrade will the photographer or his/her estate endlessly print a new one?
    its an awful lot of scratch to pay for something that is unstable ! but then again
    people pay thousands of dollars for an old car, meal or old bottle of booze..
     
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    I've made much better photographs.
     
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    There's no accounting for taste. That said, I do love the Stichen print.
     
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    I really like a lot of Jeff Wall's work, and it isn't because he is a local (although it probably doesn't hurt).
    But it is really important to understand how what he does is much more like cinematography than it is still photography.
    It is also important to experience the originals. Extremely large and technically superb back-lit colour transparencies, where the nuances of lighting and exposure complement the nuances of framing, set-up, acting and direction - because he is very much more like a movie director than he is simply a photographer.
    It doesn't surprise me that people wish to collect his work. And that is what drives the auction market.
     
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    Oh no, Gursky, 99c... saw a extended exhibition same years go in Krefeld, didn't understand why he is rated that high, marketing and print size?

    One Masterpiece I really love is Edward Steichen: The Pond/Moonlight :smile:)

    Best
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    the photographic art market is not the easiest to understand. high prizes are often related to big names,icnic figures or well recognized schools, which all builds a network and attracts gallery owners and museum curators. I wouldn't spend Millions on a Gursky nor do I like them but, that is probably my loss and not hhis; He is doing very nicely, selling 2$M figures every year. In my opinion he is to photographic art what pigeons are to statues but, I give him that he comes up with ideas I wouldn't even dream about; Never liked the work of any Becher student.
     
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    Tri color gum over palladium me thinks
     
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    Steichen's the one for me.
     
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    Pt and gum bichromate (so descibed by Chritopher James in his book "The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes", Works perfectly this way.
     
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    I really like Jeff Wall's approach to photography as well, he is a superstar IMO
     
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    This single image has inspired me to make these types of prints....
     
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    I think Gursky was one of the first to employ 8x10 colour negative film to 72 inch x96 inch C prints.. these super-sized prints hit a very strong note to many buyers worldwide....
     
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    Money making venture for the hyper-wealthy.

    Also, notice no mention of aesthetics. For example a dead shark in a tank may have poor aesthetic value but may have cultural value (controversy, it is in the news, it is now part of art history, etc.) , past monetary value and high predicted future value.
     
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    must have been made with a Rollie
     
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    i made something like that IDK 10years ago with a pentax auto110
     
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    Why do some photographs bring such huge amounts? Same reason a lot of things do. There's an astounding amount of disposable income at the very top of the income scale. It's a symptom of gross income inequality.
     
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    In 1904?
     
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    You are absolutely correct! Someone besides me got my share......Regards!
     
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