Fine Art Photography

Managing Your Inventory of Limited-Edition Prints

July 21, 2014

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Lori Nix

“Subway,” 2012, one of Lori Nix’s photos of detailed miniature tableaux. It was included in a solo exhibition in Germany this spring and appears in her book, The City (Decode Books).

The fine-art market is based on scarcity. Although a photograph can be reproduced endlessly, artists limit their editions, giving buyers a guarantee that they will release a finite number of prints at a given size. “The collectors have to believe there’s integrity to what you’re selling, and the edition numbers have to mean something,” says Robert Klein, owner of Robert...

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