Photography Highlights Mentioned in BBC Article

Phil Coomes's article "The price of a picture", which appeared on the BBC's website yesterday, argues that a photograph's value lies in its qualities as an object and its provenance, not solely in its subject matter:
The content is to some extent irrelevant, it's the connections potential buyers make to the object and its history. Owning the print does not bring any rights to use the picture, just ownership of the object.
Coomes also mentions Swann's recent auction results for a rare vintage print of Ansel Adams's iconic image of Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, from 1948, which sold for $360,000, and the well-known news picture by Eddie Adams of General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner Nguyen Van Lem in Saigon during the Vietnam War (above), which sold for $43,200. Both of these historical photographs have inscriptions on their reverse, shedding light on their provenance and establishing a more intimate connection between the buyer and the photographer. To read the full article, visit the BBC's website.

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