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The Market for Love ‘Em/Hate ‘Em Celebrity Photos

May 3, 2009

Brad Pitt by Steven Klein

Blurring the lines between voyeurism, nostalgia and commodity, photographs of celebrities are easy on the eyes—and the brain. But their prices that rival midtier Old Master paintings demand consideration. Photography itself struggled for respect throughout the 20th century, and its various genres have hit museum walls at different paces. The latest to ascend has been fashion photography—and its shady roommate, the ubiquitous celeb shot, has been gaining ground.

Continue reading my market analysis of celebrity photos for WSJ Magazine here.

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