Intrigue in the World of Photography II: The Fake Man Ray Prints

Intrigue in the World of Photography II: The Fake Man Ray Prints

To continue sort of fluidly from my last article about the fake Lewis Hines, this issue will look at another incredibly famous figure from the History of Photography (yes, it does require capitalisation today) whose photographs were forged and sold. His name is Man Ray 

Auction Talk: London Photo Sales Continued

Auction Talk: London Photo Sales Continued

So as I was looking at the auction results and calculating average prices and whatnot I got a bit carried away and realised that I’d already written TOO MUCH. So splitting it up into multiple issues seemed like the best way to proceed. Already published 

Auction Talk: London Photo Sales 2019

Auction Talk: London Photo Sales 2019

Well, I started typing this out and realised that I had waaaaaaay too much to talk about so I’m splitting this issue into probably 3 or 4 issues, all about the London May 2019 Photo sales (I don’t think you’ll see this in the same 

Art Market Matters: The Last da Vinci Discovered

Art Market Matters: The Last da Vinci Discovered

I love reading Kenny Schachter. He makes the acidity of the art world incredibly palatable. In recent news he’s posted an update on artnet about the location of the “Last da Vinci”. I couldn’t not read it.  The History As We Know It I used 

Art Market Matters: The Most Expensive Photograph in the World and Peter Lik

Art Market Matters: The Most Expensive Photograph in the World and Peter Lik

When you type in the words “world’s most expensive photograph” you don’t actually get the Koons result. I wasn’t entirely sure why this should be but can only surmise that google hasn’t caught up yet. What you do find when you type in the above 

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 

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: Diane Arbus’s Early Years

Photo History: Diane Arbus’s Early Years

Last week I made a rare London excursion to visit a close friend and see an exhibition together, which is our thing. We try to see photography exhibitions, but sometimes slum it with art. Anyway, this time we met up at the Hayward Gallery to 

Auction Talk: The Consignment

Auction Talk: The Consignment

I suppose this is a bit of a fluffy issue really because it’s based on my somewhat limited experience working in an auction house and doesn’t go into intense detail… It’s like an intro! Just think of it as an intro. It’s not specific to