Jodi Mailander Farrell of McClatchy Newspapers penned an interesting piece last month highlighting art galleries in New York that are showing off photojournalism. Farrell adds that sales of photojournalism are also on the rise, in part because the images are less expensive than other art forms:
Most photos by professional lensmen and women today are relatively affordable compared to other art forms. That’s part of the medium’s appeal, especially among young art collectors. While a Matisse or Picasso … may be out of reach, images by prominent working photojournalists can be purchased for under $1,000.
And they’re accessible. Intimidated by walking into a hushed art gallery? An original print by Weegee — a news photographer from the 1930s known for stark black-and-white photos of New York crime scenes and car wrecks — recently appeared on eBay for $1,250.
She also notes the advantages of working for an agency like Black Star:
Most photojournalists presenting their works in galleries come from independent photo agencies, such as VII, Magnum, Sygma and Black Star. That’s not only because they’re tops in their field; they also own their work, a copyright privilege most staff photographers at newspapers and magazines do not possess.
[tags]photojournalism, fine art photography[/tags]