Photo Challenge 2016 – Week 4: Copy The Best

Photo Challenge 2016 – Week 4: Copy The Best

Last Friday we talked about “Potato #345”, a photograph by Kevin Abosch that was sold for $1.08 million, making it the 15th most expensive photo ever sold. With an auction price of $4,338,500 “Rhein II” by artist Andreas Gursky tops the list, followed by Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96” and Jeff Wall’s “Dead Troops Talk”.


The fourth week of our photo challenge is dedicated to these top earners. What does this mean? Pick a photograph from Wikipedia’s “List of most expensive photographs” and reconstruct it. It’s up to you how close to the original your photo is but, of course, it will be more fun trying to create a perfect copy.


Here are two ideas:


The “99 Cent II Diptychon” is another Gursky masterpiece that made it to the top ten. It shouldn’t be tough to find the right photo location in your area.

It’s not 99 Cent but at least healthy!



The Pond – Moonlight”, taken in 1904 by Edward Steichen, was sold for $2,928,000 in 2006. Thus it became the most expensive photograph at that time.

There’s only one tree at your pond? Doesn’t matter, focus on the moonlight and the reflection.


We can’t emphasize enough that the prices paid don’t say much about the quality of the photographs. You will probably come to the same conclusion after studying the list.

A great example is the 8th place. Neither is “Tobolsk Kremlin” a great photograph nor is Dmitry Medvedev a renowned photographer. So why is the photo in the top ten? If Medvedev sounds familiar it is because he was once the President of Russia. The photo sold for $1.7 million at a charity auction.


Aerial view of the Tobolsk Kremlin, taken by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. ( – CC BY 4.0)