One of my photographs is currently up for sale in the online auction to benefit the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York – one of the greatest collections of photography and cinema in the entire world. The photo that I donated is a 16 x 20 inch print of “Nude, Colorado, 2001, #1” (above), an image that was published in PHOTO (France) magazine in 2004.
You can bid on it by clicking here. The starting bid is only $150, so take a look and perhaps try to get one of my best photos at a low price while helping out one of the world’s great photography museums. The bidding ends this Friday, October 7, at 12:29 p.m. Eastern Time. You can see all of the items in the online auction by clicking here.
Last night, I attended the live component of the Eastman House auction. The highlight of the night was the bidding for a 16 x 16 inch portrait of the writer Henry Miller made by Richard Avedon. It was a back and forth between a woman at the back of the room and a bidder on the telephone. It seemed like the woman in the room was hell bent on getting this photo no matter what the cost – and she did, finally winning the photo at a price of $12, 200. Afterwards, I went over to the woman and said to her that she must earn more money than I do, to which she replied, “Well, my husband does.”
I had been told by one of the Eastman people that there was a chance that my print might be on display, but sadly, there was only enough wall space in the location to hang the photos that were in the live auction (including nudes by Lucien Clergue and Ralph Gibson, neither of which I could afford). Still, there was a large projection display of the photos in the online auction at the event, and I saw my photo up there nice and big a few times. (See the photo.)
Now I just have to see if anybody else was paying attention.
About Dave Rudin
Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.