The Limited Edition List

When I started selling inkjets (or as M. calls them, inkies), I decided to sell one size (either the 8 x 12 or the 11 x 14) as a limited edition of 100.  Meaning, when I hit 100 I wouldn’t do any more at that size as an inkjet.  It means something to some people, and nothing to me.

The whole idea of limited editions has rubbed me the wrong way from day one, since it goes against one of the properties of the photographic print, ie. you can make as many as you want (as opposed to paintings).

However, I am willing to compromise as needed in order to make a living, and many people wanted limited editions, so I came up with this compromise.  One other thing I did, sometimes, was to save the first few prints (which were never printed) for myself so that maybe some day I could sell say a number 1 at a higher price.  Again – it is going to be the same as a number 20 I suppose – although to be honest, I still tinker with each print.  Papers change.  Inks change.  Printers change.  And my own printing skills improve.  In fact, the idea that a number 1 print is going to be better than a number 100 is sort of backwards, unless the printer is losing his skills as he ages.

Well, anyway, just for fun – and for your own entertainment – I just copied my current list limited edition notes and so if you want to puruse them, or wonder what sells – you may find them interesting.  Remember though – they are not always reflecting how many prints of an image have sold since most are available in seven or more sizes.  Still, it does give you some idea.  Also – it isn’t entirely representative since some prints have been around for many years, and some are only recently posted.

So here ya go and don’t blame me if you fall asleep.

THE NUMBER REPRESENTS THE LAST LE SOLD
3×2 (couples) 1
42ND STREET DAWN (FIRST FIVE FOR ME) #6
59STH STREET BRIDGE  #7
Atlantic Beach # 5
A BREAK DANCE (5 SAVED) #6
BENCHES, ATLANTIC CITY  #21
BECOME YOUR DREAM #9
BENCHES IN SNOW #5
BENCHES, REFLECTION, CENTRAL PARK #17

BETHESDA PASSAGE  #14
BETHESDA PLAZA, VERTICAL #7
BLACK BOOTS (FIVE SAVED) #11
BLIZZARD PARK AVE #5
BLIZZARD ON THIRD (5 SAVED) #9
BREAKFAST #3
BRILLIANT NIGHT #16
BROOKLYN BRIDGE  #19
BROOKLYN BRIDGE, SIDE VIEW #18
BROOKLYN BRIDGE IR, (FIRST 5 SAVED) #19
CARRIAGE HORSES (HIGH ANGLE) NONE SOLD
CARRIAGE HORSES (INFRARED) (5 SAVED) #9
CARDPLAYERS, CHINATOWN  (8 SAVED) #10
CENTRAL PARK NORTH #8
CENTRAL PARK LAKE IR #7 (4 saved)
CENTRAL PARK SNOW #10
CENTRAL PARK FOG #11
CHESS TABLE IN RAIN #15
CHRYSLER BUILDING IR (VERTICAL) (SAVING FIRST 5)  #8
CONEY ISLAND OVERVIEW (FIRST 3 SAVED) #5
COUPLE IN RAIN #14
CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK  #6
CROSSING BROOKLYN BRIDGE  #19
DANCING GIRLS STATUE #6
DOGS IN SNOW (10 FOR ME) 17
DREAMLAND HORSE #3
ESSPRESSO BAR #2
ESSEX HOUSE IN FOG (5 SAVED) #6
FIRST SNOW  (FIRST 4 SAVED) #6
FLAT IRON, EMP. STATE  #8
FLAT IRON AND MET. BUILDING #15
FLAT IRON TILTED, #11
FLAUTIST (5 SAVED)  #7
BETHESDA FOUNTAIN  #21
FROZEN LAKE #11
GIRL ON BIKE  #12
GIRL WITH BALL #6
GIRL SUBWAY DOOR  #4 (2 SAVED)
GOOD MORNING, NEW YORK  #1
GRAND CENTRAL ARCHES #18
GRAND CENTRAL CHRYSLER #14
GREAT LAWN, CP #5

HEAD IN HANDS #1
HUG ON SEINE  #12
KID IN SPRINKLER (10 saved) #19
KISS THROUGH BARS #15
LAUGHING MAN (5 SAVED) #8
LAUNDROMAT (5 SAVED) #6
MAGI (IMAGINE) #2
manhole cover, snow #7
MARSH 7
MANHATTAN BRIDGE  #14
MANHATTAN HORIZONTAL (SKYLINE) (SAVING 5) 8
MANHATTAN MALL  #7
MET. MUSEUM OF ART #6
MONTMARTRE STEPS  #5
NEWSTAND #17
NEW YORK SKYLINE #10 (FIRST 5 saved)
NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY (3 SAVED)  #5
NIGHT BUS #22
NIGHT JOGGER #20
NIGHT CAB ON FIFTH (5 saved) #10
NIGHT STORM #34
NYC GRAFITTI (FIRST FIVE SAVED) #7
ON YOUR MARK #14
PARIS STEPS (MONTMARTRE)  #10
PLAZA HOTEL, NIGHT (5 SAVED) 7
POETS WALK WINTER  #29
PROMENADE (POET’S WALK) #81
RESERVOIR NIGHT  #11
ROCKEFELLLER CENTER #8
ROLLERBLADE DANCER #1
SECRET GARDEN, IR, (saved 1) #7
SKATING RINK 2,3,4 saved.  #8
STEPS OF MET (FIRST 5 SAVED) #12
SOUTH TO NEW YORK #14

SOUTHERN VIEW OF NYC #1
STOOP AND SHADOW #5
STREET BASKETBALL #1
SPRINKLER ON 6TH #9
SUBWAY CAR EMPTY #23
SPEEDY CHRISTMAS #4
STEPS OF MET #19
TASTE OF SNOW  #2
THE ROAD AHEAD (SHURZ) #19
TRIBORO NIGHT #12
TWO IN RAIN #10
TURNSTILES #16
VIEW FROM BRIDGE (5 saved)  #6
WALL STREET MAN  #9
WHISPERING STATUES AT MET.  (five saved)  #9
WILLOW TREE, LONG SHOT #4
WILLOWS AND BROOKLYN BRIDGE, IR (5 saved) #10
WINDOW OF MET   (5 saved) #7
WORLD TRADE CENTER  #9
YANKEE STADIUM, MACOMBS  #8
YANKEE STADIUM VIEW (2 SAVED)  #6

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My name is Dave Beckerman. I am a photographer and programmer working in New York City.

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