Business of Photography/Videography / Re: "Phantom" by Peter Lik most expensive Photo, $6.5 million, €5 million« on: December 11, 2014, 11:50:19 PM »
wow, that was beautiful. I don't think most American's(like myself) have thought of that perspective on this photo.this is actually a decent shot but worth that much money?
I don't know any other of his work, but I find this to be an excellent picture, and he had the good sense to put a meaning it other than "I happened to shoot this the other day" :-)
As for the money, obviously(?) high-priced art isn't about private people spending millions for their personal pleasure, but for social status ("Look, I like good art! And I can afford it!") and future investment.
If want "wtf!?", I just read about this being the second most expensive picture ever. I'm really lost for words, probably because I'm German and for this domestic river a lot of associated images pop up in my mind - but this isn't one of them :-o
Look at that picture. What do you see? A river in a postindustrial landscape. Very straight, very rectangular. That river is the rhine. The famous rhine, about which so many songs have been sung, about which a whole lot of the german cultural identity is grouped. Think about Loreley and so on. The rhine is a german myth. But what has it become nowadays? Look at the picture. This is the rhine nowadays. This is our culture, our society, our landscape nowadays.
No you now understand what Gursky had in his mind when creating this picture? (Of course it is heavily edited/photoshopped to emphasize his message)
On the Lik, I would definitely say "good on him." What's the harm if he gets 6 million for a photo he took/manipulated/whatever? If anyone offered any of us that price for a photo or anything we made, we would gladly take it. I don't see how this could be bad for the photography industry at all and we should give a little respect for a guy who is achieving such immense success.