The owner of Ben Brown Fine Arts gallery recently collaborated with Tim Jefferies (featured in the upcoming Issue 4) for the Westminster Terrace – a recent luxury residential development in Tsuen Wan. LOFT spoke to Ben Brown about purchasing high-end art photography for the home.
What should buyers be looking out for when they buy photography for the home?
My advice is to decide from the outset what you can afford and to buy the best you can within your budget – never compromise.
Are there any particular artists that are popular with buyers?
I believe some of the best work is being done by photographers in Germany, particularly Düsseldorf, and Japan. Of photographers still working, Candida Höfer – who is part of a group of renowned photographers who trained at the Düsseldorf School of Photography under Bernd and Hiller Becher – is one of the most respected and most exhibited, with more museum shows than any other photographer at the moment. Hiroshi Sugimoto is another of the greatest living photographers and there are lots of exciting young photographers emerging internationally.
How does art photography compare to the fine art markets?
Photography is cheaper, meaning that you can own better images for less than you would pay for the equivalent fine art pieces. It’s unavoidable – prints by definition are capable of being reproduced multiple times. For US$50,000 you can own a great print by Vik Muniz, possibly the greatest living Brazilian artist, whereas it would be much less likely to find a piece of fine art of the same caliber for that price.
Is there considerable interest locally compared to the international market?
We sold a significant numbers of prints by Candida Höfer at a show this summer all to Hong Kong buyers. We deal in a lot of prints by Candida Höfer, mostly selling to Belgium, France and Switzerland amongst other places.
And finally, what are the best avenues to go through when you’ve decided to follow through on your initial interest?
Come to my gallery. There’s nobody like us in Hong Kong.
Ben Brown Fine Arts represents international fine artists and photographers showcasing in two London galleries and a branch in Hong Kong. 301 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. T 2522 9600. For more information you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.