“It’s not a photo until its a print“
One of the unique aspects of digital photography is that we’re now able to enjoy photographic work with out viewing it in printed form. Â More so now than ever before supporting a photographer is shown almost exclusively online through photo forums, blogs, and other online communities. While viewing photographs online is easy and relatively inexpensive it is a hollow experience by comparison to holding an actual print from a photographer you respect and admire.
The goal of this project is to introduce fine art photography, photography books, print exchanges, and other photography related products to photography fans of all walks of life. It is also to spur photography fans to think in terms of financially supporting talented photographers so they can continue to do what they love.
What This Project Entails:
- Find 1 to 3 photographs from photographers that you respect and admire.
- Purchase a photograph or photographs from these photographers. Spend within your means. Ideally try to purchase 1 to 3 photographs.
- Write about the experience (buying, viewing, etc) on your web site, blog, Flickr page, etc.
- Participants should then send me a link to their write up (see details below)
- I’ll consolidate a list of links to the write ups of everyone that took part in early November on my blog and distribute it.
What You Can Do To Make This Project A Success
- Contact photographers that you may or may not know.
- Point them to this post and provide them background to your print request.
- Even if you have little to spare inquire about a discount or an alternate product to purchase such as notecards, calendars, proof print, etc. I realize that times are challenging economically at the moment.Â Any support is better than no support. The goal is to obtain a physical copy of photographs you like.
- Alternatively if you’re a photographer it is not uncommon to conduct print exchanges, where photographers exchange equivalent prints. Not every photographer may do this so don’t be offended if you approach someone who is not interested in such an exchange.
- If you’re a photographer consider providing a discount to project participants. I personally will discount my print prices 25% to those participating.
- Spread the word about this project.
Before the conclusion of this project on November 2nd, 2008 write a blog post highlighting the photographs you’ve acquired and share thoughts of your experience in becoming a fine art print owner. Send me a link to your blog post and I’ll post the results the week of November 3rd.
How to send in your link to your blog post:
- – Access my Contact page
Note: Omit “http://” on any links.
- – In the subject line type “Favorite Photographer Prints”
- – In the message put the name of your site, web address, link to your “Favorite Photographer Print” blog entry.
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR BLOG LINK AS A COMMENT TO THIS ENTRY.
Get To It!
I’m extremely excited at the prospect of how this project will open the eyes to first time fine art print owners. I already have a couple print requests in with photographers, a print exchange request and I’ll be purchasing a book titled Cubano by Baldomero Fernandez who is donating all proceeds from purchases to hurricane relief efforts in Cuba.
[tags]Photography, Fine Art, Prints, Photo Project[/tags]