I recently attended a gallery opening from one of my photography instructors back in college. I took a 35mm B&W film class from him about 12-13 years ago. He showed us some of his work back then, but after I graduated I never really followed his work until just a couple of months ago. What's really weird is that he shoots the same type of things that I like to shoot. And what's even stranger, is that we have shot some of the same things. This is quite easy to do in Los Angeles though. And his work is a heck of a lot better than mine.
I wonder if there was any influence he had on what I ended up shooting? He didn't really show us much of his work and the ones he did show us (yes, I still remember them) weren't the type of stuff I shoot now. Has anyone else noticed or thought about the first class they took or the first person they worked with if their style of photography gave you inspiration or pointed you in the a specific direction?
While I was looking at his photos in the gallery, I noticed they didn't have any info next to them. But up front they had some booklets that contained all the info on the pictures and the prices. I just about lost it when I saw that he was selling his 17x20 prints for $8000 ea. and his 10x15 prints for $1500ea. I was thinking the bigger ones were going for around $500-1k. Wow, was I way off. Is this normal?!? I'm guessing no, since some of his work is in the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, just to name a few.
What would be considered a "normal" price range for these types of photos in a gallery for somebody that doesn't have this kind of background and would just be starting out? If you could in to a gallery in the first place.