Fine Art Photography

How to Negotiate Prices for Commissioned Prints

July 15, 2015

By Edgar Allen Beem


Cleveland Clinic, the non-profit network of hospitals and research facilities, commissioned Catherine Opie to create 22 images of Lake Erie in all four seasons. Above: “Fall, Untitled 5.”

Though it may seem counter-intuitive, it can be less expensive for a collector or curator to commission an artist to create a new photograph than to walk into a gallery and purchase an existing image. Of course that depends a lot on who the client is, what they want the artist to create, and how they plan to use the...

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