I purchase photographs when possible, several from people who frequent this forum. New work I purchase goes up on my print viewing wall for awhile along with my own work. I leave my own work up to see how it holds up after living with it for awhile, many times it turns into " what the hell was I thinking"! I rotate work by others only because of limited space.
I think it was Fred Picker who made the comment that is was amazing how people that claim to love photography will spend hugh amounts of money on equiptment but would never consider purchasing a photograph.
I hope I am one of those APUGERs
Originally Posted by Ole
I have sold (at ridiculously low prices) many prints to APUG members. I have, currently, no APUG member prints on my walls but will have some shortly. I do have art by other artists on my walls. I received them in trade or as gifts.
When I have money for art I buy the tools I need to make art. When I have filled my needs I will look at other artist's work and buy or trade for their art.
The problem that you point out is that creating art is a very difficult profession. I travel a great deal and shoot at least 10 thousand images a year. If I was as prolific in the production of paperclips or bubble gum as I am with photographs I would be a far richer man.
I've purchased six photographs: four from galleries, one from the wall of a restaurant and one from a student show. The last, interestingly, remains my favorite. But six photographs is a lot less than I would have liked to have purchased. Two resources have been in short supply: money and wall space. Unfortunately both are pretty much taken up by my own work.
I wouldn't put too much stock into the fact of relatively unknown or little-known photographers not selling on Ebay. In fact, I wouldn't put too much stock in Ebay at all. Ebay is unpredictable and just plain weird.
My own experience with trying to sell my photographs was a while back when I briefly ventured into the business of photographing horse shows. People who are into horses usually are not wanting for money. It still amazes me that someone who can drop $2000 or more for a weekend show won't drop $25 for an 8x10 glossy print to remember their performance. Well, anyone can take a photograph! Mind you, though, anyone won't get the timing right or bother to throw the unavoidable porta-potty in the background out of focus. But they'll steal the proofs which have holes punched all through them!
OK. Rant over.
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Anyone can appreciate a fine print. But it takes a real photographer to appreciate a fine negative.
I sell several a year and trade several a year. I agree with Les and George. I one 2 Edward Westons and a Ansel Adams and a few you have never heard of. It is hard work.
'Fraid not - not yet. Stilll haven't got yours framed. But fear not, it's in the time plan.
Originally Posted by mrcallow
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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I have a lot of prints by people like Irving Penn, Ralph Gibson, Chris Rainier and others. The problem with buying photography (or selling it) is that people don't see value in it, even if it's beautiful, unless someone tells them it is valuable. That being said, I have been trying to sell my Irving Penn platinum print for several years and only had one bite. It hung in a large gallery for almost a year. It's a tough market, but judging by recent trends in the stock market I think people will start to loosen up financially by summer and we may all do a bit better.
Pity the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who lies awake night after night wondering if there is a dog.
I'm not a collector by any stretch of the imagination, but I have purchased a couple of prints from Web acquaintances and have traded prints with a few others. My motivation for the purchases was a strong personal identification with the subject matter, in addition to the excellence of the work.
My impression is that the population of art buyers is relatively small, with buyers of photographs as art being an even smaller subset. Those photographers who have consistent print sales have my deepest respect, as that means they have not only figured out how to market their work to the right audience, but how to do it well.
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I think the art of marketing, is more important that the making of the art, that is not to say and unskilled photographer will do great if he is a great marketer, but it does embellish the thought that if you have the skill as an artist, it is imperitive to have the skill as a marketer, I currently have pretty good success at selling quite a few pieces, but the exposure came at the expence of donating quite a few pieces to auctions to raise money for a good cause, and now that has transformed over into sales from people who have seen my pieces at the auctions and requested a portfolio of my work, hence resulting in a good bit of sales.
But the ability to make a living off of art photography is difficult at best and for most a very long and thin income venture, I supplement my fine art sales quite a bit with regular stock and often a wedding or some other form of photography, the current ground glass business came about because of lackluster photography sales and the need for a screen for one of my own cameras, in which I did not have the funds to purchase. I have listed work on ebay with some success, but they are not my fine art pieces, the only thing I list on ebay for print sales has actually been posters that retail for a small amount of money, which does not pose the threat of lessing the value of the actual print.
Just my .02.
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Yes I do, have about 10 that I have purchased and then 6 more from members here. When the wife and I built the house, we bult a gallery room, rather than family room - yeah Helen, no TV there either - even put in some track lighting - would have more prints up if I could afford them, but ... do have a couple of my own up and may put some more up soon. Nice to have lots of wall space to cover with beautiful work.
Now books are another subject, several signed and beautiful books from Adams to our own Bill Schawb to Keith Carter..nice mix and yes - they are for looking at, not sitting around waiting to build vale. Same as prints, don't really worry if the they will even be worth as much as I paid..just liked them and that is why they hang on the wall
Unless you have an aversion to applying the label to the activity when done to create a living, I would think that creating art can be/is a profession. Musician, Music Composer, architect, painter, sculptor, ceramist, photographer are all professions that have within a subset artist.
Originally Posted by Helen B