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Monday, February 13, 2006

A Small Announcement

Commencing two weeks from tomorrow, The Online Photographer will be embarking on a once-a-week countdown proposing and defending the Ten Greatest Photographs Ever Made, beginning, naturally, with #10.

I have no occasion for this, and no authority to say; nothing is binding, agreement with T.O.P.'s choices is not only not mandatory but not expected, and yes, it's true, few will remember the whats, whys, or wherefores after the dust has cleared. Just to get that out of the way. But as I've looked into this project casually over the past few years, I've been fascinated to note just how far and wide my research into possible choices has taken me. I thought sharing some of it might well be interesting to others, perhaps thought-provoking, possibly even inspiring. So let's try it, and we'll see.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

Featured Comment:
jeffn said, "I'm sure Mike has purely aesthetic criteria in mind here. (And will relish the battle to defend them against all....)


"But the open wallets of genteel materialism have spoken—and I'm not sure this is a bad thing. At yesterdays Sotheby's Auction, Edward Steichen's 'The Pond—Moonlight' set a new #1 sale price for a photograph of $2,928,000.

"#2 at $1,472,000 was Alfred Steiglitz's 'Georgia O'Keeffe's Hands.'

"#3 at $1,360,000 was Alfred Steiglitz's 'Nude Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe.'

"#4 at $1,248,000 remains 'Untitled (Cowboy)' by Richard Prince.

"I'm impressed. Does any knowledgeable reader know #5–10 on this bestseller list? Could someone post some decent links to copies of any of these photographs?

"And finally, does anyone want to give me the odds on any one photo showing up in both the above list and Mike's upcoming list?"

7 Comments:

Blogger Scott Kirkpatrick said...

Any ground rules for the debate, or will the debate be over the ground rules for selection as one of the "10 best?"

4:39 AM  
Blogger buckstop67 said...

Hi and like your TOP blog..You have a good plan and maybe generate some argumentitive discussions on who thinks which the top ten are...that may be a daunting task because of the volume of work in nearly 200 years. One photograph of course has to be the raising of the Flag by the troops in WWII. I like the 2 great ones of Marylin Monroe. Her calendar photo that is famous and the NY shot of her over the vent. Some of those Holocoust pictures in Life Magazine that I remember so vividly. And the girl who was burned in Viet Nam...I will be anxiously waiting to see what comes up.
Mike T.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Martin B. said...

Grat idea to start a debate. Wathever image you chose as #1 (and I suspect all of them for that matter)will raise a whole lot of criticisim and comment.

Contraversy garanteed.

This is gonna be fun...

2:51 PM  
Blogger chas3stix said...

Okay Mike, you've got my attention......10 best of which category?Photojournalism? Art? Glamour?
Nature?Landscape? This could go on and on........

8:49 PM  
Blogger jeffn said...

I'm sure Mike has purely aesthetic criteria in mind here. (And will relish the battle to defend them against all....)

But the open wallets of genteel materialism have spoken--and I'm not sure this is a bad thing. At yesterdays Sotheby's Auction, Edward Steichen's "The Pond-Moonlight" set a new #1 sale price for a photograph of $2,928,000.

#2 at $1,472,000 was Alfred Steiglitz's "Georgia O'Keeffe's Hands"

#3 at $1,360,000 was Alfred Steiglitz's "Nude Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe"

#4 at $1,248,000 remains "Untitled (Cowboy)" by Richard Prince

I'm impressed. Does any knowledgeable reader know #5-10 on this bestseller list? Could someone post some decent links to copies of any of these photographs?

And finally, does anyone want to give me the odds on any one photo showing up in both the above list and Mike's upcoming list?

7:00 PM  
Blogger jeffn said...

Well I haven't been able to find #9 or 10 but I can extend the list:

#5 at $1,250,000 +/- is "Glass Tears" by Man Ray (private sale--exact amount not known publicly)

#6 at $922,000, an 1842 daguerrotype of the Acropolis by Girault de Prangey

#7-8 at $822,400 is "White Angel Bread Line" by Dorothea Lange

#7-8 at $822,400 is "The Breast" by Edward Weston

Someone with better access to art world knowledge than I will have to fill in this Top 10 list.

11:18 AM  
Blogger chas3stix said...

Jeffn,
Great info about great photographic works of art.
One problem though.....you have to be long deceased to be appreciated in this way...;)

1:32 PM  

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