The photographer, who deals his own work through the 15 galleries he owns, is hardly a household name, but Lik has quietly managed to turn himself into the Thomas Kinkade of photography, selling pretty, pleasing, banal images that are wildly popular with a certain class of inexperienced collectors, but are barely recognized by the art establishment.
Recognising and rewarding the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year, the 2015 competition received the highest number of entries in its eight year history – 173,444 images from 171 countries – and a 24% increase on 2014.
In the centre of this image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 — and it seems to be smiling.
You can make out its two orange eyes and white button nose. In the case of this “happy face”, the two eyes are very bright galaxies and the misleading smile lines are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing.
Japan-based vendors shipped 43.43 million digital cameras worth JPY964.5 billion (US$8.20 billion) in 2014, slipping on year by 31.0% and 17.5% respectively, according to Japan-based Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA).
Their shipments in 2015 are forecast at 34.7 million, decreasing 20.1% on year, CIPA said.
Canon disclosed it shipped 15.39 million digital cameras in 2014, 9.03 million of them being consumer models and 6.36 million DSLRs. Canon expects to ship 14.2 million digital cameras in 2015, consisting of 7.8 million consumer units and 6.4 million DSLRs.
When the Museum of Modern Art bought a large slice of Thomas Walther’s photography collection for an estimated $25 million in 2001, it decided to catalog its purchase with unusual dedication……
The resulting exhibition, “Object: Photo. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949,” is therefore not your typical self-congratulatory museum display of new acquisitions. The approximately 300 prints on the walls are backed up by a massive website and a hefty catalog, where an abundance of new insights can be found into the culture and technology that nourished experimentation between the world wars, a movement known as the “New Vision.”