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What We Learned This Week: Man Ray Photograph Sells for Record $12.4 M

There's a new title holder in photography: This week we learned that Man Ray's "Le Violon d'Ingres" (1924), his famed photograph depicting a nude woman's back overlaid with a violin's f-holes, sold recently for $12.4 million, becoming the most expensive photograph ever to be sold at auction. The sale came after a drawn-out bidding period that lasted nearly 10 minutes during Christie's New York's auction dedicated to Surrealist art. The print of the iconic Man Ray photograph, which depicts his muse Kiki de Montparnasse, is a rare one in that it is considered an original photographic copy, noted Art News.

Spotlight: Relaxing Jellyfish, Graceful Whale Sharks, Beautiful Auroras

Even lazy jellyfish do it. Relax, that it. Or least you may think about relaxing when you watch a new video from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Part of its Deep RelaxOcean series, the video features 29 different species of jellyfish pulsating gently to music as they swim around in the water. Today's roundup of video work also includes graceful whale sharks and a beautiful time-lapse of auroras over Alaska from astrophotographer and aurora enthusiast Vincent Ledvina.

In the Studio with Alexandria Olivia Hall

Peggy Roalf: Which came first, the brush or the tablet?  Alexandria Olivia Hall: The brush! Well, technically fingers but the brush followed soon after.   PR: Where do you live and how does that place contribute to your creative work? AH: Currently I live in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville is an interesting mix of different creative energies all trying to spread their wings with the city around them evolving at a rapid pace. I love how in nature I feel in my home...

Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal

David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told me, 'For enjoying the pool, there is no need to get wet in the water,'" Betancur recalls. His photograph was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 8 competition.

American Photography Open 2019: Meet the Winner, Alain Schroeder

Last month we revealed the ten finalists. Today, we introduce the winner of the American Photography Open 2019 competition - Alain Schroeder, a Brussels, Belgium-based photojournalist who has worked all around the globe, from Thailand and Tuscany to Crete and Vietnam. From October 2018 through April 2019, he was in Sumatra, Indonesia, to document efforts to aid the area's critically endangered orangutans. His photograph of an abused three-month-old female orangutan named Brenda being treated for a severely broken arm earned Schroeder the top spot in this year's contest.

The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say

"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.