• buckeye

    To John,

    I could not have said it better. THANK YOU!

    February 07, 2013
  • Fyord

    Man, how about you deal with these artists and figure out why they are so renowed. Gursky’s images for instance are everything but ordinary. He comes from the Düsseldorfer Schule under Bernd and Hilla Becher who taught a new simple documentary style of photography. He then evolved his work by introducing digital retouching already in the beginning of the ninetees. That Rhine image for instance is a composite of dozens of images so that every wave every line is at its place to seem ordinary. The fact is that such an ordinary place doesn’t exist anymore in our manmade enviroment. Educate yourself before you rant about things you don’t understand.

    October 23, 2012
    • I’m hardly ranting, merely expressing my opinion, and of course have researched other works by the so-called ‘artists’ above. To be honest I find Rhein II immensely dull. It offers very little photographically, artistically or of any originality to me. 99 Cent II Diptychon is far more interesting photographically but is hardly ground-breaking. I’ve discussed Rhein II with many photographers, all of whom express surprise and some disappointment at this being the worlds most expensive photograph. Of the above I find only the Weston has that touch of class, although I can appreciate the historical and artistic significant of the Stieglitz, Steichen and the picture of Billy the Kid. Whilst photographers like Weston, Stieglitz, Adams, Cartier-Bresson, and such, have undoubtedly earned their place in photographic history with their vision, influence and talent, I would be saddened and disheartened if works like Rhein II is to be revered in 50 years time, when there is far better around. However, the mere fact someone has paid so much this particular image probably guarantees it’s notoriety, so sadly I may be proved wrong.

      October 23, 2012

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