Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:00AM
Here at NYIP, we are fascinated by the history of photography since its inception in the early part of the 19th century.
The raw power of the above image is immediately apparent for all to see. Dead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986) is a photographic montage created by Canadian artist Jeff Wall (B. 1946) in 1992. It is a depiction of a fictional event and is 90¼ x 164¼ in. (229.2 x 417.2 cm.) At the conclusion of her critically-acclaimed book, Regarding the Pain of Others (2003), filmmaker and literary icon Susan Sontag praises the work extensively, calling it "exemplary in its thoughtfulness and power."
On May 8th, 2012, it was sold at auction for $3,666,500, making it the third most expensive art photograph ever. It supplanted 99 cent II Diptychon, which my co-worker Jay Johnson listed (referencing Wikipedia) as the third most expensive fine art photograph in his May 3rd, 2012 post, 5 Most Expensive Art Photographs in the World. Although these sums are astronomical to most, they are still but a fraction of the cost of the most expensive paintings ever sold.
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