Includes 23 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848221482 • Publication: September 24, 2018
Series: Handbooks in International Art Business
Hacking’s concise and lively guide to the economics and inner workings of the current photography market is a must-read for anyone interested in taking the plunge as a collector. For those curious about how photography succeeded in becoming a player in the ever-growing art world, her historical flashback tracks the complicated web of entrepreneurial photographers, collectors, dealers, auction houses, museums, publishers, and critics since 1839 that led to the ‘photo boom’ of the 1970s and the photographic turn in contemporary art.
How can it be that a book aimed at educating buyers and collectors of photography can be as riveting, engaging, and as enjoyable as this book is? It is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in photography, its history, and how it became a major force in a generally resistant art world. Having worked as a photographer for the last 55 years, I have lived the contemporary story being told by Juliet Hacking, and I can say that this is the first time someone has put all the fluid facts, myths and elements into a coherent overview and given us a fresh way of understanding the most publicly used art form in the world.
Photography and the Art Market
DescriptionThe first part of this essential handbook provides an art-business analysis of the market for art photography and explains how to navigate it; the second is an art-historical account of the evolution of art photography from a marginal to a core component of the international fine-art scene.
In tracing the emergence of a robust art-world sub-system for art photography, sustaining both significant art-world presence and strong trade, the book shows the solid foundations on which today's international market is built, examines how that market is evolving, and points to future developments.
This pioneering handbook is a must-read for scholars, students, curators, dealers, photographers, private collectors and institutional buyers, and other arts professionals.