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Ben's answer was entirely correct when the question was asked, but the record was beaten in November 2014, when Peter Lik's "Phantom" sold for $6.5 million, although it may be worth noting that this was a private sale without any public record of the price. A minimal amount of greater detail is available from e.g. this PetaPixel article.


The advantage of a B&W camera is that there are no color filters, therefore the sensors catch more light and no demosaicing has to be done. This leads to far better image quality; the more light the sensor catches, the less noise you have and demosaicing algorithms can obviously only approximately render the RGB values of a pixel (and you get worse ...


Out of the box, a specialist camera like this doesn't make any sense. In theory Moire-effect might go away, or you might capture more data on tonality, so the sensitivity could be higher. But none of these are actual problems in actual photography anyway. (They can be fixed in post or by buying a flagship camera with high iso-ratings at low noise.) Many ...


I have a theory that color can be distracting to the human brain, and so removing that element helps us focus in on form and content. Turning down the color noise helps us hear the signal better, as it were. It also seems like when color photography is "Fine Art" the color itself is a major compositional element. See Jay Maisel's "Red Wall and Rope"


I think that a photograph to be classified as fine art must awaken a deep emotion in the heart and mind of the observer. It must move us. The emotion could be love, pity, tenderness, joy, admiration, awe, etc. Or the emotion could be contempt,hatred, fear,indignation etc. The deeper the emotion or the impact that the image awakens in the observer the ...


Also, in the days before Digital was high-end (like 10 years ago for home or budgetless) the wet photo pdeveloping and printing was more interactive. The art maker (as opposed to a snapshot) would take an active role in making the print come out the way he wanted, including additional mods at any step along the way. Color was done by an automated machine. ...

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