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The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography, Vol. 2

A collaboration with Humble Arts Foundation, Essay by Vanessa Kramer

Flak Photo is proud to feature this Gallery in support of The Collector's Guide to New Art Photography, Vol. 2, a book of contemporary photography published by Humble Arts Foundation in 2010. For more information about this publication and to order a copy for your personal collection, visit


For the second time, Humble Arts Foundation is introducing a diverse group of fresh and innovative emerging art photographers to the mainstream photography market. This is consistent with the foundation’s modus operandi of discovering unknown talent and presenting it to collectors and curators as well as museum, gallery and other art professionals. Meeting the needs of the broad-based clientele that makes up today’s photography market, the book publishes an array of contemporary photographers whose interests range from technical experimentation with light to more conceptual approaches. These artists explore identity issues and a spectrum of topics related to current intellectual, cultural, artistic, and social discourse. In addition to a myriad of subjects, the book also includes a variety of scales, printing processes, and sources of inspiration.

It is always a thrill to discover new artists and respond to their work in unexpected ways. The selections here will undoubtedly evoke a wide range of reactions. For novice collectors, the book will offer an opportunity to view different photographic practices that can assist them with deciding on a genre of interest. In the case of seasoned collectors, it will serve as an update on the latest artists. In either circumstance, The Collector’s Guide functions similar to a Rorschach test with different images exercising a gravitational pull, summoning various ideas, thoughts, or memories. Perhaps you will reminisce about prom night after viewing Sarah Girner’s image of a gown from decades past, or feel engulfed by a pleasant memory from a forgotten beach vacation upon seeing Paul Bobko’s photographs of breaking waves. Daniel Cobrun’s photographs of models striking poses they find sexy make me smile. What viewers will surely walk away with is the undeniable power of the photographic medium.

The photographs presented in this volume are more accessible to the viewer than they might be in a gallery or museum setting. Among these great selections some stars twinkle bright. The market, however, as the last ten years have illustrated, can be capricious, and who among this new crop of talented photographers will stand the test of time is anyone’s guess. Therefore, I warmly invite you, the viewer, to decide. It does not matter whether this is your first photography book or your one-thousandth. Your opinion matters as much as the next person’s, and for that very reason, I urge you to trust your own intuition and believe in your own impeccable eye. I have learned that a genuine collector is not one who amasses photographs, but, rather, one who learns how to read them.

Vanessa Kramer joined Phillips de Pury in 2005. Since her arrival she has contributed to all photographic sales worldwide and specializes in global markets. She consistently helps to set auction records for international photographers and continues to maintain Phillips reputation to be at the cutting edge of the art market. Vanessa's extensive experience in international business-getting as well as her strategic vision has proven as key tools to continually achieve new success levels in the Photographs market. She was a featured guest lecturer at the Foam_Fusion Festival at the Foam_Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam and she is a regular speaker on collecting photography. She received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Colgate University in Art History and a post-graduate degree in American Fine and Decorative Arts from the Sotheby's Institute of Art. Prior to her employment at Phillips de Pury & Company, she was a Museum Educator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA and worked in Client Services at Sotheby's.

Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011.


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