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Endangered Photos: 1,000 Telephone Poles


Mark Dahle is currently releasing a collection of 1,000 Endangered Telephone Poles.

Each is an original, one-of-a-kind print created on 100% cotton rag archival paper with long-lasting pigment-based professional inks. At some point, however, Mark expects the inks will begin to fade or distort.

Mark says, "I decided to start working on a series of Endangered Photos as a way to work with the ideas of similarity, uniqueness, preservation and loss. At some point these artworks will fade and change, just like the telephone poles themselves have aged, changed and (in come communities) disappeared. This loss is inevitable. Sorrow over such loss is part of the point of this series."

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Endangered Telephone Poles:
1,000 One-Of-A-Kind Photos by Mark Dahle

Mark Dahle, creator of the series of 1,000 Mops, says, “When I started working on 1,000 Mops, I started thinking about one-of-a-kind originals and how special they are. If you have a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and only one piece is missing, you notice its absence. I decided to start working on a series of Endangered Photos as a way to work with the ideas of similarity, uniqueness, preservation and loss."

Each series of Endangered Photos has 1,000 images or less. Important to people saving these Endangered Photos, only one artwork signed by Mark Dahle exists of each image in the series. Although photographs of the images may appear in books, on the internet and in other media to help promote the series, there is only one original artwork signed by Mark Dahle of each. As a result, all the images are endangered. When any one original print is lost, it's gone forever. There may be another image from the series that reminds you of it. But like Monet's haystacks, each image is precious in its own right and contributes to the whole; the loss of any one is a loss for all.

Frequently Asked Questions

This seems different from how photography usually works.
It is. Most photographers print multiple copies of each of their images, which usually dilutes their resale value. Images in the Endangered Photos Series are one-of-a-kind originals. Each image is printed in an edition of one, with no artist’s proofs or printer’s proofs. Someone saving an artwork in this series has a unique original, the only copy of that image signed by Mark Dahle in the world.

I like a particular image. Can I get it in another size?
Images in the series of Endangered Photos: 1,000 Telephone Poles are printed on 13 x 19 inch paper, signed on the front, with the image itself approximately 11 7/8 x 16 1/4 inches. No other sizes in the series exist. Mark may create a separate series of Large Telephone Poles at some point in the future (at a size up to 40 x 60 inches), but each of those images will be original as well. Each image in the Endangered Photos series is unique and exists in only one size.

How can I see an image up close?
Although we do our best to maintain accurate color on this website, there's no realistic way for you to get a true idea of what these beautiful images look like just from viewing them on the internet. The subtle effects of depth of field, soft focus and matte finish need to be seen in person. If you're ever in San Diego, we'd be happy to arrange a private showing. Until then, our Five Year For-Any Reason Unconditional Guarantee lets you confidently order any images you want to preview, knowing that you can return any that don't fit your space any time within five years. We'll even cover the return postage through the United States Postal Service so you can order with confidence, risk free.

What about longevity?
These artworks are created on acid-free 100% cotton rag paper developed to exceed museum standards. The paper has no chemical substances to contribute to premature deterioration and no optical brighteners that fade over time. The images are created with professional-grade, pigment-based inks. Canon, the ink manufacturer, says, “your prints will have incredible longevity and phenomenal photo vividness.”

Part of the point of the series of Endangered Photos, however, is that individuals and entire species do not last. Although the materials used for these artworks are selected for longevity, the inks are relatively new and there is no historical information for how long they can be expected to last. Canon's idea of "incredible longevity" may not match your own or those of your heirs.

The artist says, "I decided to start working on a series of Endangered Photos as a way to work with the ideas of similarity, uniqueness, preservation and loss. At some point these artworks will fade and the colors will distort, just like the telephone poles themselves have aged (and in come communities, disappeared). This loss is inevitable. Sorrow over such loss is part of the point of this series."

Why the series on telephone poles?
Mark says, “You never can tell where an artist will find beauty. I try to find accidental beauty -- objects that weren't created to be beautiful, but are. After several years or decades of weathering, these telephone poles are beautiful, even though that is not why they were created.”

How much is the artist involved?
Artwork is often discounted by the marketplace after a couple centuries if the artist did not have a direct hand in its creation. (Compare the value of a painting from the “school of Rembrandt” with the value of a painting by Rembrandt himself.) These artworks were created by Mark Dahle from start to finish. He conceived the idea, photographed it, and printed the artwork himself. No apprentices or outside labs were involved.

I can’t decide which image(s) to save.
Endangered Photos
come with a Five-Year For-Any-Reason Unconditional Guarantee. Return the artwork for any reason for a full refund. This gives you the risk-free ability to try one or more images out in your home, office or gallery to make sure they’re just right for you. Take up to a five full years to decide. We'll even cover the return postage through the United States Postal Service so you can order with confidence, risk free.

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When you invest in one of these artworks, you own a piece of art history.

When you invest in one of these artworks, you own a piece of art history. Each of the images in the Endangered Photo series is a one-of-a-kind original. Each image is printed with long-lasting inks in an edition of one (with no artist’s proofs or printer’s proofs). Someone saving an Endangered Photos has the only print of that image signed by Mark Dahle in the world.

There are 1,000 Endangered Telephone Poles, each unique and collectable.

What is the current price of an Endangered Photo?

Endangered Telephone Poles are currently $1,977 each, an amazingly value for an original work of art. While collectors with one image will certainly have bragging rights to having part of the series, there is value in owning multiple images to show the diversity of the collection. A set of ten different images is $18,770. A set of 100 unique images is $184,700. Prices are subject to increase without notice. To invest in an individual image or a set of ten or 100 images, call 858-736-7395. Shipping is free to any location in the United States. Endangered Photos will be shipped in an archival portfolio or, if you prefer, in an archival storage box. The archival portfolio is a great way to have easy access to multiple images. The archival storage box is a convenient way to keep your Endangered Photos safe in storage. Shipping to any location in the United States is free. To invest in these Endangered Photos or request more information, call 858-736-7395.

These beautiful Endangered Photos are created on 13 x 19 inch acid-free 100% cotton rag paper developed to exceed museum standards. The paper has no chemical substances to contribute to premature deterioration and no optical brighteners that fade over time. The images are created with professional-grade, long-lasting pigment-based inks. The artist expects these inks to change over time, but the inks are new and the way they will age is not known. That is part of the point of this series of Endangered Photos: eventually individual images will be lost to time and such loss is significant.

Endangered Photos are backed by a Five-Year For-Any-Reason Unconditional Guarantee. Return the artwork for any reason for a full refund. This gives you the risk-free ability to try one or more images out in your home, office or gallery to make sure they’re just right for you. Take up to a five full years to decide. We'll even cover the return postage through the United States Postal Service so you can order with confidence, risk free.

Call 858-736-7395 to order or request more information.


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Order Endangered Photos by calling 858-736-7395. An individual Endangered Telephone Pole is $1,977, an amazing value for an original piece of art. Currently sets of ten (any ten you choose or ten consecutive photos) are available for only $18,770. A full set of 100 Endangered Telephone Poles in an archival portfolio is $184,700. Call 858-736-7395 for more information.

When will more Endangered Photos become available?

A full set of 100 Endangered Telephone Poles is available today.

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