The Million Dollar Photo

potato photo sells for million dollars

The Million Dollar Photo – no it’s not a potato, it’s a statement

You got it right!  The price of this photo is $1,000,000.  That’s one million dollars for this work of art.

I mean, really, it’s a no brainer.  An artist today can give his work to Shutterstock, or iStock and get a quarter when someone licenses it.  Or give it to one of the race to the bottom online art galleries that are selling art for peanuts, or he can say “It is worth more to me to not let you have it.”  And a couple of art galleries have agreed.  I’ll link to them at the bottom of the post.

This is the photo you can’t have.  And the irony here is that only those that it is dedicated to would be able to afford it.

Title of this work is “A Statement to Corporate America.” It is an edition of 1 at $1,000,000 or an edition of 2 at $500,000.

This isn’t to say all corporations are evil (though I know many who would disagree with me at this date).  Truth is we would have miserable lives without what they contribute.  But too many have become too greedy and only take without giving in return.  That is they are creating slaves.

This photo was created as a tribute and a statement to the corporate attorneys who slip clauses into contracts, hidden in the fine print, that strip artists of their right to profit from their work and transfer it to themselves, to the political stooges who on behalf of the recording industry lobbyists slipped a clause into a totally unrelated bill stripping musicians of their copyright, without their knowledge or informed consent; the politicians who promise to help and then betray us; to the stock photo agencies who slashed royalties paid to less than a quarter per image… and then once they destroyed the stock houses that charged and paid fair prices, began to demand quality levels that can only be obtained by funding the costs of high production values. It is dedicated to the tech giants who have worked tirelessly to eliminate any last vestige of copyright protection for artists of all genres and claim ownership of the work for themselves. It is my statement to every client who calls me and asks me to work for free because of the “fantastic exposure” I will get being associated with their brand… to the magazines that now not only don’t pay for the content on which they profit, but ask artist to pay to submit to them…

Without our work, the the tech giants would have no clients…. their devices would have nothing to display. Magazines would look empty and boring with blank pages. A text only ad campaign “our jeans are high quality” will sell no jeans.

You know who you are. You know what I have said is true. This photo is dedicated to you. Take a bow. You have done your job well.

I know the price of this work is high, but I think one of you will feel owning a photo that is dedicated to your hard work is worth every penny of it.

This will be printed on your choice of materials and framed according to your desire. I recommend printing it on a brushed aluminum surface.

Order through SaatchiArt

Order through SoCalArtGallery

Hallelujah: with Cross Johnson

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Hallelujah, music video

Hallelujah was a year in the making.  A tribute to the life of Sebastian Everidge, Cross Johnson and I undertook this project a year ago.  From that point forward every conceivable obstacle to completing the music video was encountered.

Now a year to the date of Sebastian’s death, we are able to release the trailer for the video.  Filming of the video began in Denver Colorado and was completed in Los Angeles, in the studio, on the streets of the fashion district during a riot (staged), on the streets of skid row among the homeless and on the beaches at night.  It is a powerful, emotional work, to show what Sebastian stood for, and the agony those he loved suffered on his death.

Please watch and share this video.  Watch for more trailers and the full video coming soon.

One more screenshot from the video not in the trailer….

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Music Video, screenshot from Hallelujah

Los Angeles Fashion District Photographer

Layout page for apparel catalog. Copyright Mark Stout

Layout page for apparel catalog. Copyright Mark Stout

Some catalog shots I did for a uniform manufacturer in New York via an ad agency in Denver.  This features both action shots to show the uniforms “on the job” and clothing product shots.  See also my new site dedicated to the designers in the Los Angeles Fashion District, LA Fashion District Photographer.

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