Artworks in Photographic Centre Peri’s gallery are for sale, if a price in mentioned in the list of works. Taxes are included. Artworks can be booked initially or bindingly, the actual purchase will be done once the exhibition closes. Buyer can pick up works at the gallery or ask them to be send. The artist will pack the artworks accordingly. Sometimes additional material, such as books, is sold at the side of exhibition. These can be bought at the cashier of Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art. Peri’s personnel is pleased to give additional information concerning the artworks or guide you through the buying process.

Who buys photographic art?

Photographic art bought to art collections, as well as to government  as to museums and foundations behind them. Private persons acquire artworks, for example, out of interest toward art or as decoration. In corporate spaces contemporary art creates an enjoyable atmosphere for both personnel and customers.

How do I locate a photographic artwork?

One should avoid direct sunlight and moisture as well as dusty spaces. Artwork should be installed to a wall properly. Location preferably should not be somewhere people pass by closely and risk crashing into the art piece. The work should be viewed from a reasonable distance considering its size – a large artwork is not at its best in a corridor and a small-scale work does not gather attention if hanged too high.

To what material is the artwork originally photographed?

Some artists still photograph with negative film, though digital technology is more and more common. A photograph, even if shot with traditional film, can nonetheless be printed from a digitalized image file.

What does edition mean?

Edition means the number of photographs artist has printed or committed to print from a single image. Editions are marked with running numbers. For example, 3/7 means third print from a 7-piece edition. One artwork can have several editions in different sizes or done in different techniques. However, buyer should always acquire the knowledge on how many editions there are altogether.

Will the artist sign their photographic artwork?

Sold artwork must always be clearly marked with following information that is often found in the back of the work:

  • Name of the artist
  • Name of the artwork, year (possibly the year of drafting/printing)
  • techniques (printing, mounting, etc.)
  • size (hight x width), edition (number of prints/number of editions)
  • artist’s own handed signature

Most common techniques: What is chromogenic print, gelatin silver print, or pigment print, etc.?

  • chromogenic print: ordinary colour photograph, negative film exposed to photo paper.
  • gelatin silver print: classic black-and-white photograph, negative film exposed to black-and-white photographic paper
  • digital colour print, “lambda”: exposed from a digital file with laser to chromogenic paper. Either from digital original or digitalized negative, diapositive, etc.
  • pigment print: inkjet print
  • mounting, framing: photographic print is often mounted straight onto, for example, aluminum board. Print can also be framed. Print is better protected under a glass and damaged frame can easily be replaced. Glass is should not touch the print, this is often achieved with passe-partout. A scratched print (i.a. aluminum mounted) is rather difficult to repair.
  • diasec: Diasec is a German registered trademark for a technique where the print is glued between two i.a. plexiglass plates.

Text has been written with the help of Union of Artist Photographers’ Buying guide.