Originally I thought as a young art collector that buying art is pretty straight forward, ‘just buy what you like’, right? Of course taste is an open playing field, but learning you payed too much or that you got duped can quickly sour your appreciation of your purchase.
Having recently finished this essential books on art collecting, I can’t recommend enough for beginning art collectors. ‘The Intrepid Art Collector, The Beginner’s Guide to Finding, Buying and Appreciating Art On a Budget’, by Lisa Hunter is a accessible jargon-free guide. She shows you how to start a collection without spending a fortune as well as how to avoid some of the common pitfalls that are prevalent in the art market.
The book has an excellent chapter on Contemporary Photography. One of the topics she covers is the concept of Limited Editions. It was common not that long ago, that there would be a self imposed limit to the number of prints a photographer would make of a single image. These days, that is a much more murky area and there are some deceptive practices that are essential to be aware of.
Lisa Hunter shares with us, “That doesn’t mean, however that the photographer will never print another edition of the same photo. Some do––– often in a different size or with other slight variations.”
Ms. Hunter recommends “Ask the dealer if the photographer has made other editions of this print or plans to. If so, you may not be getting as “limited” an editions as you think.”
How many limited editions does Richard create of his photograms?
Though my photo paper works are photography in nature, the photograms process I use makes it virtually impossible to create a similar image much less a duplicate one. So, there are no series or limited editions. Besides, I am more interested in creating new and exciting works then rehashing “greatest hits”.