The Art of the Steal

With the advent of new developments in the story I’ve been thinking a lot about Vivian Maier and her work. Yes, it does boil down to money when you die, but the Maier example is actually small potatoes. If you have not seen the movie “The Art of the Steal” then go watch it now.

It deals with the subject of the infamous Barnes Collection, at $25 billion perhaps the most valuable in the world. With no heirs, questionable trustees, and a city hell-bent on increasing it’s art collection … the story of the stealing of the Barnes Collection contains enough intrigue and outrage to make any artist- and collector- rethink what it means to “own” artwork.

Trailer:

you can also watch the movie on youtube….

The Art of the Steal Movie

I was fortunate to visit the Barnes Foundation before it was stolen and moved to it’s current location in Philadelphia… I have not been back since. I find it too upsetting.

The lesson here? Make babies so at least you have an heir!

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

Movie Review: Finding Vivian Maier

Movie ReviewClick on the audio play button to listen to a review of the movie and more by Stephen Schaub and guest Author of Year of No Sugar Eve O. Schaub.

 

 

 

 

End the Limited Edition Maddness

Given the controversy regarding the recent Eggleston reprints and the resulting lawsuit I feel it is worth stating again… make one artwork and move on!

Reference Articles:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Court-dismisses-lawsuit-over-Eggleston-reprints-/29285

and my thoughts from 2009 are still true today….

https://figitalrevolution.com/2009/09/16/make-one-and-be-done/

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

UPDATE 4.2.2013….

To hear and argument to making unlimited prints click here: http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2013/04/limited-edition-photographs.html

I for one find so many issues with this article  and its suggestions that I dont know where to begin….. in the end do what you want but in the days of endless disposable images less is more!

Vivian Maier and What Can Happen After You Die

http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/

Amazing photography … I, for one, am sad that she did not get recognition for her work while she was alive- but that may have been her choice. This recognition after death seems to happen to a fair number of artists but I am not so much in love with the idea of photographic necrophilia. Click on the link below to listen to a relevant article I posted in 2009 about archiving film…

https://figitalrevolution.com/2009/09/02/is-archiving-film-necessary/

And a movie recommendation also on the topic of what happens to your life’s work after you die, and also disturbing: The Art of The Steal… this is an amazing movie about the fate of the incredible Barnes Foundation collection and it  is a must watch.

Viva la Revolution Stephen

Something for the Holidays

The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition is a must-have for every serious photographer… period.  An earlier edition was a constant resource for me while at RIT and now this newer edition is my Xmas gift to myself this year… it is expensive but well worth it. It is quite thick and full of very useful content on just about every photographic topic imaginable from film to digital and beyond… and if the heat bills get too high this winter I can burn it to stay warm… or my wife could throw it at me to knock some sense into me or perhaps I could learn something about this wonderful medium we all love… either way it will be my constant companion for the dark winter months here in VT. Be sure to add this gem to your holiday wish-list today!

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

LINK to Amazon

Manipulation: The World’s Second Oldest Profession

Click on the audio blog logo to listen to this 7 minute discussion on manipulation and how I feel photography should embrace it as a core belief rather than shy away from admitting something that is at the very nature of our medium. First, however, watch the videos below (full screen with your sound turned on if possible).

“Is it a brave new world? Or are we just now admitting something that has always been true: all photography at its core involves some form of manipulation.” -Stephen Schaub, Leader Figital Revolution

The Evolution of a Project – Part 2

Click on the audio logo to listen to Part 2 on The Evolution of a Project.

Central Park NYC #4, New York. 2009

Links:

The Evolution of a Project Part 1

Central Park NYC Images on www.stephenshaub.com