Friday, September 08, 2006

"The Pond-Moonlight" $2.9 million


In the May/June issue of 2006, they reported the most expensive single photograph ever sold. "The Pond-Moonlight, by Edward Steichen." The photograph sold for $2,928,000, which became the second photographic image to sell over $1 million with in a 3 month period. Richard Prince broke that record in November. "The Pond-Moonlight," was sold in a special auction at Sotheby's in February. He only made 3 gum bichromate prints, from the same negative. Two of them are at the Metropolitan Museum and the other at the Museum of Art in New York.

According to Steichen's records, this exquisit photograph was taken in Mamaroneck, New York in 1904, while he was on a walk with his first wife and new born daughter. American PHOTO went on a quest to find out if this pond still exists today. With the help of Steichen's notes and the town historian, they feel they may have found this photographic Landmark.

The image they came up with for the origin of "The Pond-Moonlight" is completely different. There is no symetry, no composition, and the lighting is far from the original. The wear and tear of nature and mankind have reconstructed the birth place of the image. It takes on a completely different look and feel. It makes me wonder they have really found the right location, but I guess it shouldn't surprise me, with everything we have already lost in the world because of time why should this be any different.



I like this article because it allows those who don't see photography as an art to view it in a different light (no pun intended). Photography is now worth a substantial amount, and has the possiblity of becoming as important and influencial as a priceless painting or artifact.

4 Comments:

Blogger mary said...

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4:21 PM  
Blogger mary said...

This reminds me of going back to a house or school or someplace you spent a lot of time at when you were young and seeing it with "grown-up" eyes- it always looks a lot smaller, shabbier and not like you remembered it at all! Of course, after 100 years, nature changes eveything. The camera lens captures instantaneous events that can never be seen exactly the same again, just like our memories at times.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Professor Melis said...

Mary's comment makes me think of how the cheap cameras often left at wedding reception tables end up full of pictures taken from the perspective of little kids. Head's are cut off, flash is forgotten or other problems keep the pictures from ending up attractive to adult, or even child eyes! Still, it's interesting to think about how one's more sophisticated compositions could reflect a way of looking at the world that you had before you knew to "frame" it and "light" it just so...

Another thing about going back to a house or school you last went to when you were younger is the smell (graham crackers for my grade school!). Is anyone working with scented photos?

2:31 PM  
Blogger marydorsey said...

Scented pages: I belong to a women's book-making group. Each month we complete a page of another's book and then the books are passed on.

Last month I had the "Bliss" themed book. I completed my page with scents of clean white laundry, "Bounce" and bleach. Mmmmmmm!

6:39 PM  

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