“If a photograph has the stamp with a famous photographer’s name does that mean it’s original?”

No. The photographer’s stamp most often means the photograph was made by or with the permission of the photographer. This alone makes the presence of a famous photographer’s stamp desirable to photo collectors. However, photographers sometimes make reprints and ‘years after’ photographs, so the stamp does not automatically mean the photograph is a vintage original.

If a photograph has a crystal clear image, is vintage and has the photographer’s stamp, the photograph is likely original. The vintage part is judged by looking at the paper, aging, etc.

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