Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Photography is no snap decision for collectors

James Bond Island III by Andreas Gursky. Photograph: © The artist/courtesy Jay Jopling/ White Cube (London)

By Ana Finel Honigman @ Gaurdian Art Blog

Collectors are still shying away from investing in photography, reflecting the medium's ambivalent status in the contemporary art world.

Susan Sontag's seminal essay On Photography famously asserted that "To collect photographs is to collect the world." Yet within the world of collecting, photography is too often set apart from other forms of art.

The existence of the newly conjoined photo fairs, Photo-London and Paris Photo, raises an interesting question - is photography being spotlighted or ghettoized?


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