The mega online retailer Amazon just launched a beta version of it's new online photographic print marketplace.
The website is in beta and is currently selling over 5,000 photo prints through Amazon.com. A signed Silver Gelatin Print of Rauchender Mann by Dieter Blum is fetching whopping $120,000.
Like the rest of Amazon, the products are delivered through a 3rd party which happen to be art galleries. Along with the high price tags of some of the pieces, there are a slew of upper echelon photographers being sold through Amazon. Names like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Benson, Edward Weston, Andy Warhol, Peter Lindbergh, David LaChapelle to name a few.
The categories, subject, style and price can be arranged to narrow down search results. I ran across a lot of different work that I have never seen before while cross referencing the categories. One interesting aspect of the new website is that people can leave comments about the product. Feeling somber about purchasing that $10,000 photo? Leave a comment and let the world know about your purchase. It will be interesting to see what grows out of that feature.
It is good to see this happening though it is a very exclusive marketplace. Who knows what is going to happen down the road, maybe it paves a way for photographers to begin selling work online through Amazon.com?