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Art Market Matters: The Most Expensive Photograph Ever?

Art Market Matters: The Most Expensive Photograph Ever?

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 only know the figure, the name of the […]

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: May 12th

Photo History: May 12th

It occurred to me last week that since today 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. This is mostly research I […]

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: Feeling a Way Through Arbus

Photo History: Feeling a Way Through Arbus

So, having used the exhibition as a means by which to open up a conversation about Diane Arbus, I feel relatively comfortable in returning to talk about her words and some of her images because the first installment of this was becoming a little unwieldy […]

Photo History: In The Beginning, There Was Diane Arbus…

Photo History: In The Beginning, There Was Diane Arbus…

Last week I made a rare London excursion to visit a dear friend and view an exhibition together, which is our thing. More often than not it’s photography but we have been known to expand our minds with art, too, although it’s infrequent and we […]

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 […]

Auction Talk: The Catalogue Cover

Auction Talk: The Catalogue Cover

I usually don’t stoop so low as to employ overused cliches, but that saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is surprisingly apt here. The cover of anything, be it book, album (I ran out of examples) is what everyone sees first. It’s a […]

Auction Talk: The Auction Catalogue

Auction Talk: The Auction Catalogue

I thought I’d take a look at the auction house catalogue, what’s inside and what the inside stuff means. Here, I focus slightly less on photographs as I present the case of The Temple Singer and cover a little bit of Contemporary Art. Don’t worry, […]