The Pond—Moonlight

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The Pond—Moonlight by Edward Steichen, 1904

The Pond—Moonlight is a pictorialist photograph by Edward Steichen. The photograph was made in 1904 in Mamaroneck, New York, near the home of his friend, art critic Charles Caffin. The photograph features a forest across a pond, with part of the moon appearing over the horizon in a gap in the trees. The Pond—Moonlight is an early color photograph, predating the first widespread color photography technique (the 1907 autochrome), and was created by manually applying light-sensitive gums.

Only three known versions of the Pond-Moonlight are still in existence and, as a result of the hand-layering of the gums, each is unique. In February 2006, a print of the photograph sold for US $2.9 million,[1] at the time, the highest price ever paid for a photograph at auction. The auction itself is also presented in the part 6 of the BBC documentary "The Genius of Photography".[2] In addition to the auctioned print, the other two versions are held in museum collections. The extraordinary sale price of the print is, in part, attributable to its one-of-a-kind character and to its rarity.[2]

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  1. ^ Roger Tooth, At $2.9m, Pond-Moonlight becomes world's most expensive photograph, The Guardian, February 15, 2006.
  2. ^ a b "Rare photo sets $2.9m sale record". BBC News. 2006-02-15. Retrieved 2006-12-28.