Tagsmart has been interviewed by BBC Click about authenticating the limited edition book ‘Ricochet: David Bowie 1983′

BBC Click interviewed Steve Cooke, Tagsmart Chief Innovation Officer and Pavel Baskakov, Tagsmart Product Developer, about the DNA technology that has been used to help authenticate David Bowie’s limited edition prints in the Bowie 1983 Book by the rock star photographer Denis O’Regan.


This episode looks at various technologies that are being used to investigate on art forgeries as well as the work Tagsmart is doing to help authenticate the David Bowie limited edition prints


Watch the video to find out more on how ‘Ricochet: David Bowie 1983′ book has been secured and authenticated by Tagsmart and what technology has been developed for it. 


You can watch the full episode at the following link:

The Denis and Tagsmart’s section goes from minute 08:33 to minute 13:00.

To know more about the limited edition ‘Ricochet: David Bowie 1983′:

Roy Tyson, Artist and Founder of the London's only artist-led Art Fair: Roy's People Art Fair.

Roy Tyson is an award-winning urban artist combining miniature figures, photography and the streets to create a miniature world beneath our feet.

Roy took inspiration from the current urban art scene and headed to the dirty streets of London to photograph and capture his work permanently.


He’s fascinated by the multitude of aspects the subjects can achieve, setting about creating situations in a miniature world that reflect on our surroundings, feelings and emotions.

Each figure is carefully adapted from its original form, allowing Roy to create anything he desires. The little people are then taken to the street to get the perfect vibe for us all to enjoy.


Roy is also the founder of Roy’s People Art Fair with Sam Peacock. Over the last 5 years, Roy and Sam have been working as professional artists. During that time they have exhibited nationally and internationally whilst experiencing art fairs and going through the emotions of applying and exhibiting and Roy decided that the next logical step would be to create the Roy’s People Art Fair. He has joined forces with Sam to add more artistic experience and knowledge to make the shows as successful as possible.

Roy and Sam state that the aim of the fair is to give artists an alternative platform to present their work whilst also creating a unique art fair experience for visitors allowing them to interact with the artists and buy artwork directly from them. At each of their fairs, people will discover original affordable artwork from a wide variety of artists carefully selected based on quality and talent.

This year, Roy’s People Art Fair will be the first ever digitally art fair powered by Tagsmart. The Art Fair will be held at Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf 12th-15th April 2018

Opening times:

Thursday 12th April 6pm - 8:30pm

Friday 13th April 12pm - 8pm

Saturday 14th April 12pm - 6pm

Sunday 15th April 12pm - 5pm

For more info and to book your rickets head to the following link:

More about Roy’s projects:

Roy has recently carried out commissions for Gillette, Pot Noodle, Nikon, Citroen, The Big Issue, Sea World, Time Out, The Royal Mint, The Other Art Fair, Psychologies magazine and many others.

Roy’s upcoming projects include a project with Miracle Grow and Apple. 

To find out more, visit Roy’s website at:

Episode 3. My Art Haven with award-winning Fine Art photographer: Gillian Hyland

The third My Art Haven episode kicks off with award-winning Fine Art photographer: Gillian Hyland.

Her first choice for the My Art Haven is the coloured and resplendent tapestry “The Agony in The Car Park” by the English artist GraysonPerry. The tapestry is inspired by Perry’s visit to Sunderland, a city in northeast England that is famous for its football team and is populated by large working-class communities. Watch the video to find out what other art Gillian’s has chosen for her My Art Haven. You’ll be amazed!

Watch out for the fourth episode with picture framer and fine art fabricator: Mark Darbyshire.

Tagsmart Weekly Discovery: Spencer Murphy between Photography and Painting

The award-winning photographer Spencer Murphy was born in 1978 and grew up in the Kentish countryside. He trained in Falmouth College of Art and he now works and lives in London, dedicating his time to creating his own artwork and taking photographic commissions.


From award-winning portraits to post-apocalyptic worlds, Spencer Murphy’s ability to dance with light often borders on ethereal. He is a master of portraiture whose portraits looks more like paintings rather than photos, earning him a place hanging among the greats in England’s esteemed National Portrait Gallery.  He has collaborated with various magazines, including The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, Time, Monocle and Wallpaper. Some of his portraits have been featured on the Rolling Stones Magazine, GQ and Dazed and Confused.



Spencer has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition 7 times between 2006 to 2013 and in 2013 he won the Taylor Wessing photography prize. His work is now held in the National Portrait Gallery’s Permanent Collection.

Spencer Murphy’s awards:

Sony World Photography Awards, shortlisted 2010,2011,2013 Third Place Winner, Campaign, 2013, First Place Winner, Campaign, 2014/ Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, selected 2006 and 2007-2012 Third Place Winner 2012 First Place Winner 2013/ AOP Photography Awards Bronze Award 2009 / Creative Review Photo Annual, selected 2007,2009,2012 / AOP Bursary, winner 2006 / Creative Review-Creative Futures, commended 2006 / The Magenta Foundation, emerging photographers, winner 2006 / Metro Imaging Bursary, winner 2002

For more info visit Spencer Murphy’s website:

Tagsmart Weekly Discovery: Claudia Legge, The Transcendent Power of Colours

Claudia Legge is an award-winning photographer based in London. She works and exhibits worldwide. She is renowned for her underwater photography but she also works as a fashion photographer and traveling photographer and shoot album covers and music videos for the likes of Laura Marling, a British Folk singer- songwriter and musician.


Claudia’s current exhibition, Spectrum at the Talisman London will be on until the 24th of November. The exhibition shows her recent work which can be divided in works “created” underwater with a strong focus on colour and light and works “observed”, characterized by strong colour and simple and almost abstract design.


Claudia’s Art is extremely suggestive dominated by brightly-coloured pictures.Colours are fundamental to the artist, she said that studies have demonstrated that our mental health, behaviour, and general efficiency in life depends to a great extent on normal colour balance. It is proved that when something goes wrong  or is out of balance, we can strengthen our energy centers through the conscious use of colour.


She adds that: “Our bodies absorb colour energy through the vibration colour gives off. All organs, body systems, and functions are connected to these energy centers effect by colour. Hopefully, these colours will have a positive neurological effect on my audience. Spectrum intends to inspire and uplift.”


SPECTRUM until the 24th of November at Talisman Gallery, London

All images are available for sale and are limited edition prints. Please email for more information or visit her website at:

Picture perfect for collectors

When it comes to fine art photography, sometimes what you pay for may not be what you get.

Using a camera obscura (a latin term meaning literally ‘dark room’), Nicéphore Niépce produced the first permanent photoetching in 1822, but it was only four years later that the French inventor made the View from the Window at Le Gras, the world’s oldest surviving camera photograph.


Not long after Niépce’s death in 1833, Louis Daguerre developed the Daguerreotype, the first commercially successful photographic process which reduced the development time from hours to seconds. An international sensation, the popularisation of this technique gave rise to speculations about the “end of painting”. 

In that same period, American pioneer of photography Robert Cornelius produced the earliest surviving selfie (1839) and painter and inventor Hércules Florence had started working out a silver-salt-based paper process in Brazil, later naming it photographie.


Meanwhile, British inventor William Fox Talbot developed a different process called Calotype (from the Greek kalos, meaning ‘beautiful’ and tupos meaning ‘impression’). Using paper sheets covered with silver chloride to create a negative exposure, it was then placed in contact with another paper so as to print multiple positive copies. This technique is actually very similar to the photographic process in use today.

Making a long story short, almost fifty years later, American inventor George Eastman patented the first photographic roll film and perfected his camera to take advantage of his invention. By 1892, Eastman founded Kodak, and soon after launched the Brownie camera with a price of US$1, bringing, therefore, photography to the mass market (‘You press the button, we do the rest!’).


Since then, the photography market has experienced a growing technological evolution with the establishment of colour film as a standard, auto-focus, and automatic exposure. These innovations undoubtedly made it easier to capture an image, improve the quality of reproductions and accelerate the processing speed.

From the end of the 20th-century, digital photography minimised costs, sped up processes and facilitated the production, manipulation, storage and distribution of images. However, these technological advances also facilitated the production and circulation of forgeries. 

With so many artists using photography but so few of them printing their own work, forgeries by underpaid darkroom technicians are a common, especially in the vulnerable contemporary market. How problematic the fine art photography forgery has become can be illustrated by recent scandals involving counterfeit prints by Man Ray, Lewis Hine and Crespy Le Prince.

As the number of copies is virtually limitless with today’s printing capabilities, defining an ‘original photograph’ is of great importance. 

Here are some ways to determine the originality of a photographic work:
• Original photographs will have provenance information, including its copyright, typically documented on a Certificate of Authenticity.
• If the artwork is has a Smart Tag, check its tag number on the Tagsmart online platform. Each Smart Tag has its own unique reference number, linked to the work’s secure Certificate of Authenticity and its digital counterpart. Designed to assure the genuineness of artworks, warrant the accuracy of ownership status, and protect buyers and sellers against fakes and forgeries, Tagsmart offers the art market a better, simpler way of doing what it already does, while also solving the problems of trust and credibility.
• If the photograph is labelled as a reproduction, it probably means that the photographer had little (or nothing) to do with the printing, distribution, and selling of that work.
• Finally, accept that if the photograph is priced very cheaply, it is most likely a reproduction.

Tagsmart tags Chris Levine’s latest series of portraits showing at The Fine Art Society

Tagsmart have worked with Chris Levine on his latest exhibition ‘Who are wE’ at The Fine Art Society until 19 May 2017. In his breath-taking photographs, the artist uses lenticular light-boxes illuminating the world’s most famous faces in three dimensions.


The highly acclaimed artist joined Tagsmart in November 2016 to protect his artwork and seal the authenticity of his photographs. For this exhibition, the Tagsmart team visited TwelveArts to carefully place our Smart Tags for paper and aluminium on his most recent series of British Portraits, these included; supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, fashion designer Paul Smith and explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes, to name a few.


Our Smart Tags hold the most advanced technological security features, including our unique synthetic DNA. All Smart Tags are incredibly discrete, carefully applied to the back of an artwork. These are entirely tamperproof and if you were to attempt to remove it, then it would be completely destroyed and deemed unusable. Each unique Smart Tag links to a physical certificate and digital artwork record and together provides an irrefutable solution for sealing artwork authenticity.


Most recently Levine’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen ‘Lightness of Being’, hailed as one of the most iconic images of the 21st century, sold at Sotheby’s for a staggering £187,500. Tagsmart is honoured to collaborate with such a renowned artist, who combines art and technology in the creation of innovative work.