Assuming you are offered to buy for a reasonable affordable price a picture or a painting both portraits by famous artists, which one would you choose and why. It seams to me that people don't have same reservations when comes to painted portaits but may be I'm wrong.
"There's more to the picture
Than meets the eye." - Neil Young
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BTW, I should point out that while the aforementioned Fraenkel Gallery sells some very large and expensive prints (the previous show was Sugimoto prints going for $80K a pop), they also make a bit of coin by selling many books arranged with thei shows. The other galleries here (notably Koch, upstairs from Fraenkel) do the same. Even small galleries can get in on the action.
In this respect, I have purchased portraits I've seen at exhibitions, and done it right there in the gallery. The $80 Katy Grannan book pales compared to the $9000 prints, but I like it enough to part with the $80. A small Lulu or iPhoto book can recoup your basic costs (and even Stephen Shore uses iPhoto).
Katy Grannan: Brian, b. 1976
Selling big prints: nice. Selling books after people see the prints (and tell their friends): better than not selling any prints!
You know I never really thought about much, but there are definitely portraits that "move me". For instance one that I absolutly fell in love with is Frank Petronio's "Tiana at Scott Hamilton’s studio".
You can see it here:http://frankpetronio.com/archive/pre...cent_work.html I don't know what it is about this photograph I am drawn to, but it's very powerful to me.
Maybe it's her smile or the selective focus.
Anyway, to (finally) answer your question, yes there are some portraits of strangers that I would buy. If, of course, I had any money. :>)
Actually, since seeing this Photo a while ago now, I've thought about asking Frank how much an 8x10 would be, but I'm sure it's too rich for me.
i love going to portrait exhibitions, there is something about seeing
other people that i connect with, more than say a landscape or a still life.
i have bought portraits of people i didn't know, and have been given some as
well, but i have never bought portraits from an exhibition i have gone to.
(does that make sense?) ...
Originally Posted by Nicole
I would (and have) visited portrait exhibits. A few years ago I went to see a Karsh exhibit in Edmonton (Canada) because I had to see those large prints for myself. The name of course was the draw as it provided a pretty good clue about the content of the show.
Other exhibits featuring portraits by unknown (to me) photographers were not planned based on specific subject matter. I went to see what they were showing. I would neither avoid nor go to a show based on the fact that it featured portraits.
I don't buy too many photographs but have bought one portrait. I bought Lange's Migrant Mother (interpreted and printed by Mike Johnston Mike's Blog) because I wanted to see what a fine print (compared to poor reproductions) looked like. Although Dorothea Lange is definitely a name, I bought it because the photo itself attracted me because of its emotional appeal. I am not sure I would buy a portrait of a stranger unless it had some kind of similar universal appeal.
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