Month: May 2019

Art Market Matters: The Most Expensive Photograph and Jeff Koons

Art Market Matters: The Most Expensive Photograph and Jeff Koons

I was doing some reading recently and came across a figure retrieved from a report on the Global Photography Market. [1] Because I don’t pay for exclusive access to sites like ArtTactic or Artnet’s price database, I had to do some digging. As it turned …

Photo History: Wedgwood Beyond the Porcelain

Photo History: Wedgwood Beyond the Porcelain

So. I just discovered that I share a birthday with a relatively major historical figure. I’m not talking about Che (born May 14th, not June, at least according to his mother). No. Imma talk ’bout Thomas Wedgwood. And before you go off on one, no …

Photo History: Mass Observation, May 12th, and Humphrey Spender

Photo History: Mass Observation, May 12th, and Humphrey Spender

It occurred to me last week that since today is May 12th, which is Mass Observation day, I should probably coincide it with another issue. Fortunately, for the sake of this blog’s integrity, Mass Observation can be partially viewed through its contact with photography, and …

Art Market Matters: The Last da Vinci

Art Market Matters: The Last da Vinci

Unusually, I’m breaking my pure-photo-blog ethic just this once so we can all observe an anniversary that no one reading this will ever care about. I don’t care much either, but it’s an excuse to talk about a thing that happened a year-and-a-bit ago that …

Photo History: Talking About Diane Arbus

Photo History: Talking About Diane Arbus

I thought that talking about Diane Arbus would be difficult, for the obvious reason that everyone talks about her. But after having used the Hayward Gallery exhibition to open up the subject a bit in my previous post, I’m finding it less arduous to find …