The Secret to Successful Photography

A very brief tip on how to become the next Andreas Gursky or Ed Burtynsky

By Duncan Kinney

Andreas Gursky was the man behind the lens for the most expensive photograph ever sold. Titled the 99 Cent II Diptychon it sold for $3.3 million US dollars in auction in 2007. Not bad.

Here’s a link to a 2000 pixel wide photo from the same photographer to get a better sense of scale.

Ed Burtysnky is famous for his Manufactured Landscapes series. He’s made his mark taking sweeping large-scale shots of industrial landscapes.

That’s a shot of a nickel tailings pond outside of Sudbury, Ontario.

You won’t find Burtysnky on this list of the top of the most expensive photographs in the world but he’s toured the world on the back of his Manufactured Landscapes series. Currently, a print of his will set you back anywhere from $6,000 to $40,000.

So what’s the secret of these modern masters?

I can’t believe I’m giving this tip away for free but here it is: Photograph contemporary commercial and industrial spaces, dispassionately, from higher up and from a distance with a large format camera. Make your print the size of a small house and you’ve got yourself a career.

You can thank me later.

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