Hi friends, Was wondering this: This week I am having the honor of hanging 25 of my framed "waterdrop" photos in our local hospital for display and of course to be purchased...yippee! I was thinking that since each and every one that I hang, there is only that specific one..I make no copies, so each one is the ORIGINAL. Of course, I have my digital file, but no other hard copies.. Should a certificate of authenticity" be something I should be considering? Just wondering,,give me your thoughts please,,,I am super excited!!!!!
If you want to convey that your prints are "one of a kind", I don't think "certificate of authenticity" would be the term to use. I would think that in this case you are producing a "Limited Edition" of one of each image. However, do you really want to do that? If you have a particular image, or two, or three , that appear to be popular, you will be limiting any future sales of these prints.
Some artists believe in "limited editions", others don't. If you are a well known artist whose work is sought after, perhaps a limited edition would be advantageous, but even then they are "shooting themselves in the foot" when they do that, I feel.
A cert of authenticy to MY mind would be if you , as the artist, planned on making copies, say a limited edition of 50, and wanted to show that yes, you made this from your original file, and had artistic control over the entire process. If someone made copies of an image and then sold prints from that copy,your cert of authenticity would distinguish yours from a copy. Are you SURE you only want to make one print ..EVER...of your images? Are you marking your raw files as such so you know you never can use it again?
You know, I never thought of it that way...hmmmmmmmm. and wouldn't it be just my luck to stand there in the hallway of the hospital, someone buys my ONE print and then 10 more people want a copy...and I say, oh no,,,I have my limited edition, certificate of authenticity for ONE, and then run home crying because I made a wrong choice... So for right now,,,no limited editions and no certificate of authenticity for me..... Thanks guys, you always help me out...
Can you explain that ? I mean..it sounds like a trick to get people to buy the exact same image for more money. I admit I have no art world experience..so I am probably just ignorant in how this would work..outside of say..maybe you make a limited edition of one print size, like an 11x14, and then no limit on a smaller print size..