Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A little moonlight, a little water, a lotta' dough

Edward Steichen's photo "The Pond-Moonlight" sold yesterday at auction for $2,928,000, a record-setting amount. Shot in 1904, it's one of Steichen's early experiments with color photography, so it certainly has historic value. Two other copies of the photo exist - both in museums.

One of my favorite Steichen photos is of the Flatiron Building in New York. I have a poster of it tucked away somewhere. I must pull it out and have it framed. That's as close as I'll ever get to having a real Steichen. Very cool stuff, though.


Unknown said...

I've never heard of him I'm afraid - and that's a heck of a lot of money to pay for a photograph. Not that's there's anything wrong with that.

MaryB said...

Well, it is a Steichen, and it does have historial significance as a very early attempt at color photography. Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz turned the medium of photography into an art form in the early 20th century here in the US.

Unknown said...

Being a bit of a keen amateur photographer I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with myself for not having heard of either of them [seriously].

Perhaps they're not so well known over here.

I do love photography as a medium and it's reassuring to see how popular it still is.

MaryB said...

Ooh, Charlie - if you don't know about Steichen and Stieglitz, google 'em both. Or better yet, find a book about their artful photography. As a photographer, you'll find their work fascinating, I think. (Stieglitz was married to American artist Georgia O'Keefe, by the way.)

Unknown said...

When I get the chance I will - thanks Mary.