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The Citigroup prize is the best art gong in town

By Ben Lewis   February 2004

It seems to me that the most interesting art around today is by photographers. Why so? Art is a complicated and over-theorised area, but photographs are documents and never have to be “art”; they can just be interesting. A photographer can still get away with Renaissance perspective, figuration (real people and things) and telling stories.

Over the last decade photography has risen to become one of the most highly regarded and highly priced art media around. In 2002 I witnessed the sale of the world’s most expensive photograph: Andreas Gursky’s picture of trainers – just one in an edition of…

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