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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:33 pm    Post subject: The Most Valuable Photograph Reply with quote

and it's by a living photographer.

$3,890,500!

http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=54374


PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the "Germans" already beat that, Andreas Gursky's "RHEIN II" sold for $4.3 Million Very Happy
http://news.yahoo.com/record-photo-sold-auction-set-nyc-182745446.html


PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark, it is a lovely photo, love the use of analogous colors, the answering shapes (skirt and floor).
Like the crop where you can see her right leg is bent with the heel of her sneaker touching her bum.
Her expression (eyes slightly vacant in daydreams) adds to the piece.

Klaus, taking a close-up of a piece of copy paper might be as interesting. I remember seeing this and
marveled at the price.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh well, it wasn't about the quality of that (these) photographs, but about the price.
In either case that cannot be justified, alas in my understanding. Gursky's work
leaves me quite cold although I tried to develop some understanding for it. But well,
maybe I just have some lack of understanding teh value of some "art" Very Happy


PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Klaus, I'm with you about what some consider 'art'. Smile

In Mark's example, I like the mystery of what's she's clutching
in her right hand, was crumpled, some devastating news or perhaps
just classified ads from a newspaper? Hummm. Her position on the
floor, slack-mouthed and listless stare makes one wonder.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to say, that I really struggle to find anything special in this photo.
http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=54374
It's a nice portrait, like I see many times in Flick galleries. I also have to object with the framing,
the inclusion of the foot and shoe dilutes the focus on the piece of paper and it's impact
(paper which I assume is meant to be the punctum of this photograph)


PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is not my favorite image of hers. However, it is amazing that she has taken the self portrait to such heights.