Sunday, January 29, 2012

"...too complicated. And obsolete."

Paul Melcher hits the image licensing nail on the head.

Read Paul's latest comments on the industry here at Thoughts of a Bohemian. I think he's right on every count.

I'd like to hear what you think. Read his entry iTune it, and let me hear from you.

Photo: ©1989 David W. Sumner

Monday, January 9, 2012


Prison in Bukhara, 1907, Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky

" the 1970s, at a time when William Eggleston and other artists were pioneering the use of color photography." - PDN

don"t misunderstand statements like this. William Eggleston didn't pioneer color photography. By the 1970's color photography dominated the worlds of fashion, travel, industrial, medical and sports photography, to name a few. Color photography was pioneered in the late 19th century. Kodak was producing Kodachrome as early as the 1920's. The Office of War Information and the FSA documented much of America's struggle through the depression and the war effort on color film beginning the early 1940s.

1940, Russell Lee for the FSA

When people mention William Eggleston as a pioneer of color photography they are referring to the fact that Eggleston was one of the first photographers using color film to be recognized by collectors of fine art photography. Collectors of art must be marketed to, as very few of them have a true and deep understanding of art, creative vision, process, craft and what it means to live the creative life of an artist.

William Eggleston, untitled, ca. 1960

color photography is accessible. Despite whatever complexities may be behind his calculated imagery, his work is marketable. Eggleston's photography helped galleries and dealers move collectors toward the idea that color photography was worthy of the label "fine art photography." Indeed a pioneering move in the industry, but no real significant contribution to advancement of the medium.

Friday, January 6, 2012


Dale Erickson's studio, San Francisco, CA.

"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse

Photo: ©2010 David W. Sumner