Affordable Investment Photographs – artmarketblog.com
I have become more and more interested in photography both as an artistic medium and as an investment primarily because photography relatively inexpensive compared to other mediums and has excellent investment potential. I used to struggle with fine art photography and often found myself rather bewildered and dissatisfied with many of the photographic works that I come across until I really made an effort to learn more about the medium. When I began investing in contemporary photographic works of art I started to really question what it was that constituted a good photograph and what it was that differentiated a work of contemporary photographic art from, say, a picture of a sunset in a tourist souvenir calendar. As I soon discovered, the problem with my original approach to photography was that I was expecting immediate gratification and instant understanding just as you get from most of the photographs that one is exposed to whether it be from the family album or in the newspaper.
A photograph is essentially the result of a moment captured in time which usually involves some level of spontaniety so to fully understand and appreciate a photographic work of art one will often need to understand things such as: the story behind the photo, the circumstances in which it the photo taken, the context in which it was taken and the reason it was taken. Once I actually began to take the time to truly understand fine art photography I really began to appreciate and enjoy the challenging nature of the medium. My reason for telling you all this is to encourage you to spend time to understand and appreciate contemporary fine art photography, you won’t be disapointed.
Now that I have encouraged you all to start investing in, or collecting, contemporary fine art photography I suppose I should tell you where you can purchase museum quality photographs that won’t break the bank. San Franciso Camerwork was founded in 1974 as a non-profit organisation to encourage emerging and mid-career artists to “explore new directions in photography and related media by fostering creative forms of expressions that push existing boundaries. SF Camerwork holds regular exhibitions, lectures, mentoring programs and other other events as well as producing the highly regarded publication CAMERAWORK: A JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS. One way the organisation raises funds is through their membership program which offers various different levels of membership that provide varying levels of benefits and services. Each member who joins at the collector member (US$350) or above can select a signed, limited edition photograph by some of the amazing artists who have contributed work to SF Camerwork such as Debra Bloomfield, J.John Priola, A. Leo Nash, Andrea Modica and others. Not only does membership get you a fantastic museum quality photographic print at way below market value but you also get:
• Free subscription to their award-winning publication, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts
• Free admission to Camerawork’s groundbreaking exhibitions, lectures, workshops, performances, screenings, and other events
• Discounts on SF Camerawork gallery rentals, the annual Portrait Party, Auction, and all books sold at SF Camerawork and Foto-Grafix Books
• Free admission and discounts at photography museums across the country
• Invitations to exclusive members-only parties, events, critiques, and portfolio reviews
If you are in the market for museum quality photographs with extremely good investment potential then visit the SF Camerwork website and become a member. As well as getting a great deal you are also helping to encourage the emerging and mid-career artists that SF Camerawork supports. If you are an art investor or collector you would have to be crazy not to take advantage of this opportunity, regardless of whether you like photography or not.
image: “Boy” from the the series Saved by J. John Priola
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.
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