Thursday, February 16, 2006

Rare Edward Steichen photo sets $2.9m sale record

A rare print taken by US photography pioneer Edward Steichen has set a world record for the highest price paid for a photograph auction.

Steichen began experimenting with colour photography in 1904.

He was one of the first Americans to use the autochrome - a revolutionary method of producing colour photographs.

The previous record for highest price for a photograph at auction was set last November by Richard Prince's Untitled (Cowboy). It sold for $1,248,000 (£719,000).

And before the sale of the Richard Prince's Cowbow the most expensive photo was a daguerreotype of the Athenian Temple on the Acropolis in Greece, taken in 1842 by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, a French traveler, artist and historian.

I was really interested in collecting photos when I installed my google desktop and in my early blog posts I was to post at least one of the photos every day.


Anonymous otilius said...

Good post. I always liked Steichen, especially his one you always see of the Flat Iron Building in NYC.

7:11 am  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Great photos, and thanks Otilius for your photo. I got into black and white photography at the local Uni a few years back and roamed around our city taking pics of cracks in pavements, got into the dark room to manipulate them, and also took several of the boys rap-dancing.

9:10 am  

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