Editorial

 

This Just In: Peter Lik’s Record-Breaking Photo Sale May Constitute Torture

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(Newswire, December 13th, Las Vegas) — A group of leading photographers, curators, and general taste arbiters has determined that Peter Lik’s sale of a photograph may constitute torture under the Geneva conventions.

The photograph in question, an open edition of a mundane Southwestern landscape, sold recently for $6.5 million, the largest figure for a photograph in history.
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Artist Jeff Frost Inches Past Recently Set World Record for Most Expensive Photograph Ever Sold

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Multimedia artist Jeff Frost sold his major masterwork, “Standing in the Circle” in photograph form to a collector for 6.5 million dollars and ten cents last week, exceeding by one single dime the previous world record of 6.5 million recently set by Peter Lik Photography.
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14 Things I Have Learned From Being a Photographer

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I am not at the top. I’m not even skating the middle, but I have been doing this photography thing for a while, and there are some things I’ve learned along the way that I thought I would put out to the universe. Mainly because these things were bouncing around in my head and it’s nice to put things out there… so here they are.
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I Discovered a Treasure Trove of Unpublished Rock and Roll Photographs

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About 6 months ago, I put an ad on Craigslist trying to sell a 2×12 guitar cabinet. The next day I got a response from a nice guy named PJ who was interested and the transaction was soon under way.

While at my house to pick up the equipment, PJ noticed my Canon 7D and various other camera gear sitting on my desk. He then proceeded to tell me that he too was a photographer and that he used to take a lot of photos of bands on the East Coast in the mid 70s early 80s.
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The Most Expensive Photo in the World, or the Best Marketing Stunt?

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The airways and Internet tubes have been filled with news that Peter Lik has sold a black and white photo of Antelope Canyon for a record setting $6.5 million, raising eyebrows amongst many photographers. This tops the previous record holder, Andreas Gursky, by nearly $2.2m.
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external Peter Lik’s $6.5M Photo is “Like a Hackneyed Poster in a Posh Hotel” —The Guardian

Photography is not an art. It is a technology. We have no excuse to ignore this obvious fact in the age of digital cameras, when the most beguiling high-definition images and effects are available to millions. My iPad can take panoramic views that are gorgeous to look at. Does that make me an artist? No, it just makes my tablet one hell of a device.

The news that landscape photographer Peter Lik has sold his picture Phantom for $6.5m (£4.1m), setting a new record for the most expensive photograph of all time, will be widely taken as proof to the contrary.

Jonathan Jones over at The Guardian has some pretty harsh things to say about photographer Peter Lik’s record breaking sale.

 
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Gary Fong: My Account of the Ridiculous $300,000 Lawsuit Threat Against Nelson Tang

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On July 14, 2012, I received a desperate email from a photographer whom I had only met once briefly at a public appearance. He was terribly distraught, and nobody would help him. In his letter, he said that I was his last resort.

His name is Nelson Tang, and he is a very gentle soul, kind and soft-spoken, a new immigrant from Hong Kong with only a rough command of the English language. At the time, he and his wife were adjusting to life with an 18 month old son, she was a server in a restaurant and he worked for a non-profit. Financially, they were living paycheck to paycheck.
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Two Sideways Cameras from Leica and Fujifilm: The M-A and the Instax 300

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Two recent camera releases have me scratching my head. The first is the M-A, the latest model from Leica. The primary selling point seems to be that this is a completely mechanical camera. No battery, no meter, no LCD, no autofocus, no frills. What the camera lacks in modern features it makes up for in mechanic precision and simplicity. Instead of busy screens you “read the shutter speed and aperture directly from the camera and lens and so fully concentrate on the subject.”
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10 Truths About Being a Photographer

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Is it the best job ever? Well yeah, sometimes, most of the time really, but it also comes along with some bullsh** that not everybody realizes. I know that most people would imagine being a photographer is all glamour, all fun, all exciting… well here’s some things that really happen… Read more…

Make it Now: You Can Photograph It, Or Let It Pass You By, But You May Never See It Again

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This moment, this light, in Cape Churchill last week: it didn’t last long. You can photograph it, or let it pass you by. But you may never see it again.

Last week I was sitting in a tundra buggy not photographing polar bears. The bears, driven by a months-long hunger were out on the sea ice, hunting seals. If we’d been there a couple days earlier we’d have had more time with them. But you can’t do anything about the weather, and you never know these things in advance. What you do know, is what’s in front of your face, and that — at least for one day on this trip — was polar bears. Read more…