Peter Lik

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Aaron801 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,119
Re: ((chuckle))...

Teila Day wrote:

MyReality wrote:

There is a lot of money in cliché's and risqué art.

Yes, infect one could reasonably say, unless you're a great dead artist, "cliche's and risqué" art is where the money is generally speaking.

Thomas Kinkade is worth a small fortune. Robert Mapplethorpe left quite an estate. Currently, there are a few stock photographers making very good money with old 3 to 5 mpx cameras for a retro color look. I recently read about one in DigitalPro Magazine.

It is easy to underestimate and put down other photographers when it is not your style.

Agreed wholeheartedly which was my point about photography when it comes to money... much of the time shooting what people want to see, find attractive, or unusually compelling, can often yield a considerably greater income (for far less work) than the typical art -school inspired standard affair.

I don't really see the point in the "attractive or unusually compelling" part of what you're saying. I think that really depends on who's looking at it. it seems to me that in terms of "what people want to see," at least of you're talking about most people, is actually something less unusual and more typical. I see Lik's photos as being pretty typical, as in "I've seen these kind of images numerous times before." I don't feel that they have much in the way of a real stamp of the artist in that they're way too typical... too generic for that.

I think that you may be correct about the possibility of making more money with very populist, generic work than work of a more personal, thoughtful nature. I think though that the real iconoclasts in the long run are the ones who end up being the most successful and what's more is they're the ones that are remembered and talked about long after the artists who work harder to gain popular acclaim (than striving for any kind of singular style) will be. I think about it in terms of music; playing in a cover band, where you play hit songs that everyone is very familiar with note for note at places like casinos is a far surer bet than writing and playing original music in venues that tend to feature that kind of thing. Still, obviously some of the folks who write and perform original music are the ones who will make the most money in the long run, far more than the successful cover band.

Once again to use music analogies, I see Lik as being a bit more like Justin Bieber, someone who's heavily marketed and very financially successful and yet isn't generally appreciated by those who collect music and are more knowledgable about the history and the breadth of it. He's having all of the success that an act like the Velvet Underground never had, but nearly 50 years after that band broke up, people are still talking about them and other musicians are still gleaning influence from their music. Bieber on the other hand, for all the money he's made, I would be willing to bet will be nearly forgotten in 15 years....

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