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To sign or not to sign ?

chataignier Avatar
chataignier Plus
10 254 15 France
16 Mar 2020 5:35PM
At our recent exhibition in Limoges I noticed that certain photographers had signed their work discretely, some had not. I raised the question with a few other members and opinions differed as you might expect.
Several said absolutely not - exhibition prints should not be signed, one even said he would not consider buying a signed (ie defaced in his view) print. Others said painters normally sign their work, why not photographers.
What do you think ?
SlowSong Avatar
SlowSong Plus
15 11.1k 30 England
16 Mar 2020 7:07PM
I've bought various photographs where the photographer has attached a label to the back with the title, their name and edition number on it. I much prefer this to signatures on the front.
lemmy Avatar
lemmy 16 2.9k United Kingdom
16 Mar 2020 7:52PM
I can't see that there is any right or wrong in it. Odd to think that one said he thought a signature on the front defaced a picture. No wonder that Picasso and Rembrandt never sell any pictures.
Fma7 Avatar
Fma7 8 1.1k United Kingdom
16 Mar 2020 8:09PM
I think a signature is fine, it's when they put the ridiculous "my name - photography" watermark on that their photo becomes valueless.
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
17 Mar 2020 10:36AM
As an amateur I would not do so because I would not then be able to enter the photograph in a competition. I have occasionally sold pictures at an Exhibition but again these are identified by a label on the back. I do not think there needs to be hard and fast rules other than competitions where the judge should not know the identity of the photographer. If a professional is regularly displaying photographs and selling in a gallery, I cannot see why a signature could not be included as artists do. Of course, it would be necessary to ensure that this was done discreetly and not detract from the overall picture.

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lemmy 16 2.9k United Kingdom
17 Mar 2020 11:08AM
Your last two sentences sum it up really, Dave.


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