A Neat-o Trend in Photographic Prints

Large editions + low prices × the internet = art for everyone.

I love this recent trend of reasonably-affordable fine art photographic prints for sale online. Love love love it. And Jen Beckman over at 20×200.com is leading the charge. Each Tuesday and Wednesday at 2pm EST, new editions go on sale. For any single image, you’ll have your shot at:

-200 at $20 a pop (small),
-20 at $200 each (medium), or for the more serious collectors,
-2 @ $2000 each (large)

Okay, so the large prints aren’t cheap, but prior to this trend, buying anything for less than the big print prices wasn’t really an option. Fret no more. This trend has been good for photographers like my pal, Jackanory (his image above) and it’s certainly good for those who like art. More after the jump…

Not to be outdone, the crew over at Photoshelter have joined the party. On Friday, our Shoot! The Blog stewardess, Rachel, introduced their line of limited edition prints at $125, $250, or $450. Editions of 200 each.

Very cool.

15 Responses to A Neat-o Trend in Photographic Prints

  1. Carson Blume September 7, 2008 at 10:57 pm #

    I love this photoshelter, you can do some much from one place! Now I just need a rep, maybe they can do that for me too!

  2. phoebeT September 7, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    New art every week at those prices? What a great concept. 20X200.


  3. talisker September 7, 2008 at 11:15 pm #

    The $200 one’s ain’t exactly cheap, but sign me up for some of the $20 variety.

    Cool find. Thanks!

  4. Anonymous September 8, 2008 at 4:16 am #

    There is also Lumas, who sell lambda prints in limited editions.
    they ofer framing as well including the “Diasec” kind sandwiched behind plexi
    They have galleries in New York, Boston, Paris, Berlin and a bunch of german cities (incl. Düsseldorf of course).

  5. thechrisproject September 8, 2008 at 5:31 am #

    I’ve bought a number of the $20 editions from 20×200. This was my first real opportunity to buy prints like this and I’m very glad Jen has started this up. I hope it catches on more.

  6. Matt Gray September 8, 2008 at 6:09 am #

    A friend of mine recently started Viewville—a website offering low-cost fine art prints. Viewville has a much larger selection than 20×200, but as a consequence is less selective.

    Personally, I've yet to buy from 20×200, just waiting for the perfect photograph. It's a great concept.

    When I'm at an art show, it's great to be able to support the artist at a lower price point and still walk away with a nice print. 20×200 translates this to the web nicely.

  7. Pierre Pocs September 8, 2008 at 6:25 am #

    Like Frank Zappa once said. Art is making something out of nothing, and selling it! Lets ad cheap now ;)

  8. Jared Froiland September 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    I like what their doing.. I’m gonna sell some prints in Fremont on Sunday. Just to see how well something like that will work…

  9. Jeremy W September 8, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    Hi, Jeremy from Viewville here… thanks for the mention, Matt (yup, I’m watching my webstats all the time).
    And like Matt said, we do offer affordable fine art photography and we do have an ever growing selection of work. While I understand completely what Matt is getting at in regards to selectivity, I just wanted to add (in case anyone would think otherwise) that we are quite selective when it comes to our review process — we turn down a much larger percentage of submissions than we accept. That said, we’re always on the lookout for new artists and we’d love to hear from you if you’ve got the sort of thing we might like!

  10. Anonymous September 9, 2008 at 6:29 am #

    Interestingly, selling a bunch of $20’s, then some $200’s, actually makes the $2000’s more possible for the artist and, actually, more interesting/valuable to a buyer. Cool idea.

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