Back a few months ago, I was browsing through the massive list of site feeds that I subscribe to. I came across one that caught my eye - an open call for fine art photography galleries for an upcoming project by Brian Auer, the sole talent behind Epic Edits Weblog. With nearly 2,500 daily readers, Brian has become a well respected member of the online photographic community - not only because of his stunning images, but also for the knowledge and techniques he offers to his viewers for no apparent reason other than his true passion for the art. :-)
So, upon Brian's request, galleries were submitted by 30 artists from all over the world and a vote was held. I can only say that I was incredibly honored the day I received an e-mail from Brian telling me I had been chosen as one of the 6 (seven including Brian) who would launch the effort. After a couple months of everyone working until 3 and 4am, it's all come down to today - FineArtPhotoblog.com.
Here is an excerpt from the Press Release and a snapshot of the homepage:
SAN DIEGO, CA February 11, 2008 - Fine Art Photoblog announces the launch of a unique new website, offering the discerning art buyer opportunities that have so far not been available.
In the manner of a photoblog, seven internationally acclaimed fine art photographers work together, publishing a work of fine art photography daily; every day another photographer, each photographer once per week. The works will be up for purchase in two variants, targeting two groups of buyers.
In the manner of a gallery, the website will acquire and permanently display the works of seven great photographers. An extensive search interface completes the offer, providing capabilities to search for artists, keywords, and certain characteristics of the photographs (horizontal or vertical orientation, colors, etc.).
Right from the start, all works will be available in two qualities:
- as high-quality but unsigned prints from printing services such as Imagekind.com or RedBubble.com (at the discretion of the photographer). These are printed in sizes and on papers of the customer’s choice. They are shipped matted, framed and glazed, according to the customer’s wishes.
- as definitive and collectible signed prints of the highest quality available called The Work. In case of digital prints, The Work will be available in only one size, perfectly fitting the characteristics of the image and printed on exquisite fine art paper of the artist’s choice, either by the artist himself or by a fine art printer under the direction of the artist. The Work is the unique expression of the artist’s creative power.