Let’s All Become Digital Photographers

I don’t mean to be cynical, but $4.3 million for this?

Andreas Gursky

It’s a pretty picture and all — nicely framed, subtle colors, a moody yet hopeful feeling. But $4.3 million? That’s what it sold for at auction house Christie’s.

Wired says there’s some rationale behind this kind of money for that kind of photo:

Well, for one thing, it’s not uncommon for a Gursky to sell for millions of dollars. His piece 99 Cnet II Diptychon at right also broke records when it was auctioned off for $3.3 million. Also, Gursky is akin to a painter in the way he creates surreal scenes through stitching, and digital manipulation and only makes very limited prints of each work. People are usually less surprised by these types of prices for works by en vogue painters.

Still, some speculate prices are jumping into light-speed realms because photographers are working hard to become recognized as “artists,” and everyone knows “art” is more valuable than, say, “media” or “pictures.” That’s why Transformers did so much better at the box office than Blade Runner, after all.

Photo: Wired.
Thanks, Nerve.

Comments

  1. BY Pat Saison says:

    Excuse me, but I don’t see anything special to note about this picture. Could you explain? Even if the photographer is famous, this photo is pedestrian. The art hype has gone too far, if you ask me, defies logic; this does not capture a rare historical event, and not even a geological event, such as a volcanic eruption. Anyone can take this picture, at anytime.

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