the backstory sometimes sells an image as much as the image itself ...
but it isn't the only thing that sells it ... unless it is a photograph
made by a celebrity, or of a celebrity or historically significant event
there are plenty of bad images of or buy noteworthy people and situations ...

i don't know if doing chemical photography will make things more rare or impressive
or noteworthy, but chemical photography seems to picking up right where it left off in about 1910 ...
and 2012