I have been selling my prints through galleries for the last 12 years. Limited edition is a personal choice but does affect the gallery's ability to sell you prints at a given price. I have read that article "To limit or not" and I replied to the author with the same info that I have included below. PROCEDURES AND SOME OBSERVATIONS: 1) DO NOT DESTROY YOUR NEGATIVES: After you make the last print in the edition put the negative in your lawyer's vault for 100 years. That way YOU will not make any more prints. Later prints made by others will only serve to make that image more popular and RAISE the price of the prints YOU made when alive. *******Every photo, regardless of its original intent, is an historical document. They may (note, MAY) have cultural, historical, sociological influence that you might never guess. Leave it to posterity to determine that. 2) In Europe, limited edition is clearly defined as no more than 25 or 50 (I can check that), otherwise you are seen as a print maker, NOT an artist. 3) I do use an increasing scale of prices as the edition sells. It is an incentive to buy early, a way of giving collectors protected value and, given that I must retire that negative, a life net for me in that I make a decent living off a good image before I must retire it. 4) SOME OBSERVATIONS: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, let's think about the world in which we REALLY live, not the ivory tower in which we might WANT to live. The prices of gold, silver, platinum, palladium, oil, automobiles, diamonds and just about everything else are set by CONTROLLED SUPPLY (large cartels, etc)! Why should WE as artists not LIVE IN THIS SAME WORLD? Photography alone puts food on my table, gas in my car and allows me to buy those same precious metals with which I make prints, the prices of which are set by CONTROLLED SUPPLY! Why should I not control the supply of my prints, i.e., limited edition, in order to make a decent living and, equally as importantly, to protect the investment of my collectors? A marketing trick? SO IS THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING ELSE YOU BUY! I do not want to be OF this world but I must live IN this world. So, until the prices of everything that I must buy to live are released from price fixing by supply control, I will limit my editions. I am first an artist. Then I am a sales person. I use both sides of my brain. I have made my living from photography since 1974 first as an advertising photographer, then for these last 12 years as a fine art photographer so I cannot afford the luxury of decrying "gallery marketing schlock". My decades in advertising taught me that EVERYTHING YOU BUY is priced by "marketing schlock". Again, that is just how it is and I am not ashamed to try to make a good living in the real world. CHEERS! BOB -----Original Message----- From: pure-silver-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pure-silver-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Tim Rudman Sent: Friday, April 25, 2008 6:49 AM To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [pure-silver] Re: Editions and Numbering An ever interesting topic this. You might find this article by Brooks Jensen also interesting http://www.brooksjensenarts.com/What%20Size%20is%20the%20Edition.pdf It's a pdf but you can find it through his website http://www.brooksjensenarts.com if you dig deep enough. It is thought provoking. Also, re the practice mentioned of dry mounting the print and leaving a reveal to sign on the under matt, see Alan Ross's comments here (scroll down to the last article) http://www.alanrossphotography.com/ar20/techForum.html I use the same principle as Alan Ross, having stopped dry mounting as a routine maybe 20 years ago, although I still do if requested. He also has a different philosophy about editioning as you will read in his other pages. There are many differences in opinion and practice, when it comes to the editioning/sizes questions raised by the 1st poster, also re pricing - prices when sold privately or through galleries for example Tim -----Original Message----- From: pure-silver-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pure-silver-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Harry Lock Sent: 25 April 2008 07:48 To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [pure-silver] Re: Editions and Numbering Thanks to all who commented on the subject. There is some valuable info here. It really reinforced my thinking on the subject. 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