Read This If You Sell Limited Edition Prints

Many fine art and landscape photographers sell limited edition prints that are signed and numbered. I have not done this but have always assumed that if I purchased a print form a photographer and my copy was for example, number 88 of 250, that there would never be anymore prints ever printed after 250.

Apparently the William Eggleston Trust might have seen it differently. One of their collectors says they have ‘repackaged’ the same images in a new format and new framing and are selling those as a new product.

From Photo District News:

A major collector of William Eggleston’s work filed suit against the photographer yesterday in a U.S. District Court in New York City, accusing Eggleston of devaluing his vintage dye-transfer prints by selling new, large-scale pigment prints of those same images. The suit by Jonathan Sobel, a collector who owns more than 190 of Eggleston’s works, was prompted by a March 12, 2012, auction at Christie’s of 36 new digital pigment prints of Eggleston’s work. The sale brought in more than $5.9 million.

It seems to me that the image is whats in limited edition not the ‘package’ that includes the image. What do you think?

Source: Photo District News