Do Limited Edition Prints Still Make Sense In The Digital Age?

Alain Briot addresses the issue of limited photographic prints in the digital age. Should a photographer release a print in a limited edition, i.e. sell only a certain number of them and then take that print out of circulation forever? The primary reason for such a marketing strategy is to be able to command very high prices for such prints since only a few financially-abled collecteurs will be able to do so. Ansel Adams and Alfred Stieglitz were against print numbering, but then they printed only in the hundreds or at most 1000 or so prints. But digital technology today allows the photographer to print the highest quality work at the press of a button.

It’s an interesting debate, so be sure to read his article over at Luminous Landscape.