Marilyn Minter takes pictures. Then she paints pictures of the pictures she has taken. When she's finished, she hires Tom Powel to take pictures of her pictures of her pictures.
He resists the urge to make his pictures look better than the pictures he takes pictures of. He's a star in an occupation that stands out for self-effacement. The occupation doesn't exactly have a name. "Copy photographer" works well enough, or maybe "archivist."
Collectors today often don't get to stand in front of an artwork before they buy it, especially if they live in China. They see a picture of the artwork first-and it had better be a good one.
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