Last weekend, the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) held a show at the Armory in New York. I drove up with a group of WUDPAC students and teachers to learn about what types of photographs are currently on the market and, most importantly, how much they’re selling for. I noticed that many dealers specialized in either 19th-century photographs, modern masters, or contemporary prints, and that each category focused on 1-3 processes. As expected, contemporary works included mostly oversize chromogenic and digital prints, with the exception of contemporary artists, like Sally Mann, who work in analog processes.
It was interesting for me to see how much information was included on the labels and the naming conventions for digital prints; they tended to range from specific printing processes, like inkjet, to just “archival pigment print.” It’s understandable that consistency in media ID is more important for conservators who require these details for preservation purposes, but I wonder how much collectors are interested in the longevity of their newly-purchased artwork.
Here are some of my favorites from the show: