PAN friend Juliet Hacking – Subject Leader in Photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London and was formerly Head of the Photographs Department at Sotheby’s auction house – has a new book out.
Published by Lund Humphries, Photography and the Art Market charts the transition of photographs created for aesthetic ends from a hobbyist pastime to a core component of the international fine art scene.
They say: ‘This essential handbook explores the structural elements that supported this shift (including dedicated galleries, museum and private collections, festivals, fairs and academic scholarship), most of which have come into being within the last 50 years, and appraises the state of the market for photography today. The first part of this essential handbook provides an art-business analysis of the market for art photography and explains how to navigate it; the second is an art- historical account of the evolution of art photography. In tracing the emergence of a robust art-world sub-system for art photography, sustaining both significant art-world presence and strong trade, the book shows the solid foundations on which today’s international market is built, examines how that market is evolving, and points to future developments.
This pioneering handbook is a must-read for scholars, students, curators, dealers, photographers, private collectors and institutional buyers, and other arts professionals.’