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    Highest price ever for work by a living photographer

    Andreas Gursky's "99 Cent" diptych went for $2.48 million at auction on 16th Nov (irony intentional?)

    http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/newswir..._id=1003466018

    (I'm also fairly sure it's a digital print)
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    I read up a bit on that one after seeing it on PDN. Appears to have been a few large format captures, then scanned and further manipulated, then output as two prints. The comment about the main gallery that represents him not being the seller indicates to me that Gursky did not profit from this high sales figure.

    Gursky and a handful of conceptual artists like him might not be considered photographers. Rather they might better be termed conceptual artists who happen to use cameras; Cindy Sherman being another prominent example of this. Process is secondary to intent.

    On a good note, while this is frivolous excess at it's best (or worst . . . depending upon viewpoint), this type of thing generates greater interest in all photography. It is also nice to see less traditional colour images that are not wilderness landscapes getting some recognition. Almost makes me want to buy a book of his images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon Moat View Post
    Gursky and a handful of conceptual artists like him might not be considered photographers. Rather they might better be termed conceptual artists who happen to use cameras; Cindy Sherman being another prominent example of this. Process is secondary to intent.
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    More so than some other artists, Gursky is much more clearly rooted in photography though (aside from his training, many of his works are also "straight" photographs for example - though personally I've never felt there is any form of clear line between the two - straight/manipulated).

    On a good note, while this is frivolous excess at it's best (or worst . . . depending upon viewpoint), this type of thing generates greater interest in all photography. It is also nice to see less traditional colour images that are not wilderness landscapes getting some recognition. Almost makes me want to buy a book of his images.

    Absolutely - and on the book, I find the prints stunning in real life.
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    Re: Highest price ever for work by a living photographer

    Unreal.

    I'm speechless.

    2.48 million

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Calahan View Post
    Unreal.

    I'm speechless.

    2.48 million

    I was recently browsing the auction sites after reading a similar article. As well as other photographers, it still seems the Dusseldorf School bubble hasn't burst (despite predictions)

    Going from memory,

    Gursky's work was still the highest, with sales from $250,00ish through $750,00 to well 2.48 mil

    Work by Struth, Tillmans, Demand etc was going for between $75,00 and about $250,00 I think


    You can see other mainly vintage stuff from Sotheby's here (you may need to register?

    http://search.sothebys.com/jsps/live..._number=N08227 (click on "Show Lot Name")

    A few very roughly:

    Adams - Moonrise $609,600 (most of his other work from $10,00 to $80,000)

    ELIOT PORTER $9,600

    Atget $25,000 +-

    Walker Evans $15,000-25,000

    Sander $10,000

    Kertesz $27,600+-

    Weston $10,000-$262,400

    Winogrand $6,600-$98,400

    Robert Frank $18,000-$204,000

    Sally Mann $22,800
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    Re: Highest price ever for work by a living photographer

    Quote Originally Posted by tim atherton View Post
    Andreas Gursky's "99 Cent" diptych went for $2.48 million at auction on 16th Nov (irony intentional?)

    http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/newswir..._id=1003466018

    (I'm also fairly sure it's a digital print)
    What a year to collect photography. This time last year we were all stunned that Richard Prince's Untitled Cowboy sold for over $1 million. Now, a year later, Edward Steichen has the record for the $2.9 million and yet again another photographer breaks Prince's record. By this time next year, I wouldn't be surprised if a photograph has already sold for $5 million...I've gotten some early previews as to what's going on in the Springtime at the auction houses and boy does it seem possible. Congratulations to Andreas Gursky.

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    Re: Highest price ever for work by a living photographer

    Quote Originally Posted by tim atherton View Post
    (snip)

    A few very roughly:

    Adams - Moonrise $609,600 (most of his other work from $10,00 to $80,000)

    Atget $25,000 +-

    Walker Evans $15,000-25,000

    Sander $10,000

    Kertesz $27,600+-

    Weston $10,000-$262,400

    Robert Frank $18,000-$204,000
    Tim, I regret to inform you that these folks are deceased. Nice information though. Sorry I had to break the bad news

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    Tim, I regret to inform you that these folks are deceased. Nice information though. Sorry I had to break the bad news
    Damn - when did Robert Frank die... he was fine last time I saw him :-)

    P.S. - Vintage is code for "dead"...
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    Re: Highest price ever for work by a living photographer

    My apologies to Mr. Frank. He should be happy to know that I have no, none, nil abilities of seeing into the future.

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    Re: Highest price ever for work by a living photographer

    Quote Originally Posted by tim atherton View Post
    P.S. - Vintage is code for "dead"...
    Or almost dead.

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