Photographs

Photographs have existed in various forms from the daguerreotypes of the early 19th century right through to today’s development of digital technology.

London dealers P & D Colnaghi have been selling photographs since the 1850s while the first photographic auctions took place in London in the mid-19th century, and though slower to take hold in the US, Alfred Stieglitz established important photographic galleries in New York during the first half of the 20th century.

Some of the most collectable photographers include Julia Margaret Cameron, Ansel Adams, Cindy Sherman, and Irving Penn.


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Tennyson portrayed by Julia Margaret Cameron

12 September 2022

Estimated at £3000-4000, this 9½ x 12in (24 x 30.5cm) albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is offered in the Books, Maps, Manuscripts & Photography auction on September 15 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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'Pathway to Impressionism' photography show debuts at James Hyman

05 September 2022

London exhibition outlines how French photographers started to cover a changing world

Thai Photo Album

Diplomat’s historic photos of Thailand bring demand at Winchester sale

31 August 2022

A group of photographs, letters, documents and objects relating to early 20th century Thailand appeared in a recent online sale at Winchester saleroom Rushbrooks Auctioneers (22.5% buyer’s premium including VAT).

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BADA Friends supports contemporary museum acquisition

16 August 2022

The Friends of the BADA has given £500 to support the Bethlem Museum of the Mind in the acquisition of a new work.

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Fresh wave of demand on the cards

08 August 2022

Overseas interest in tribal art and Doulton Lambeth wares fuelled the higher prices at Cuttlestones’ (20% buyer’s premium) Penkridge sale but it was a new outbreak of cardomania which raised temperatures of collectors across England.

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Houdini captured for once

11 July 2022

Pictured here is one of two very successful lots relating to the career of Houdini that were sold in a Chicago auction.

Souvenirs du Camp photo

Le Gray album emerges from a drawer to take a six-figure sum

30 May 2022

Gustave Le Gray’s 'Souvenirs du Camp de Châlons' sold at Phillips in London.

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Her Majesty has a moment of reflection

30 May 2022

Perhaps the most famous 21st century image of Queen Elizabeth II is the photographic portrait taken by Canadian artist Chris Levine (b.1960) showing the monarch with her eyes closed.

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Man Ray sets the photographic record straight

23 May 2022

Man Ray’s 'Le Violon d’Ingres' has set a new record for a photograph, selling for $10.5m (£8m) at Christie’s in New York.

Cavalry photo

French photographer Gustave Le Gray’s Napoleon III army album comes to auction

21 May 2022

Phillips will offer a recently discovered copy of Gustave Le Gray’s famous 'Souvenirs du Camp de Châlons' at auction in London next week.

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Koppitz dancers show the right moves

09 May 2022

'Bewegungsstudie', or ‘Study of Movement’, by Rudolf Koppitz, is the most famous of six tipped-in photogravures, each with a protective glassine sheet, that make up Pictures from the Tyng Collection, a 1931 publication of the Royal Photographic Society.

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Fenton captures Cheltenham views

18 April 2022

These two salt prints from waxed paper negatives by Roger Fenton (1819-69) carry an estimate of £1000-2000 at Cheffins in Cambridge on April 28.

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Gere’s taste for Le Gray

18 April 2022

This 19th century albumen print is by the pioneering French photographer Gustave le Gray (1820-84).

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Julia Margaret Cameron – known and unknown images on offer

18 April 2022

The 19th & 20th Century Photography sale at Dominic Winter on May 18 includes several works by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79).

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The Sassoon family in photographs

18 April 2022

The Modern British Art sale at Woolley & Wallis on May 31 offers family photographs that come by descent from the war poet Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967).

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Behind the lens of Eugène Cuvelier

18 April 2022

The photographica department at Chiswick Auctions will be taking over the firm’s South Kensington gallery for the duration of May when highlights from the 19th & 20th Century Photography sale on May 24 will be on view.

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Back in focus: Historical photography and photographica in the spotlight at fairs

18 April 2022

Two transatlantic spring fairs bring the twin collecting areas of historical photography and photographica into focus in the spring.

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The world in stereo

18 April 2022

The sale of Photographica & Cameras at Special Auction Services in Newbury on April 26 features this complete set of 'Tour Of The World' stereoviews by the Keystone View Company of Meadville, Pennsylvania.

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Lili Grenier: model, muse and friend in pictures at Paris auction

18 April 2022

On June 13 the Paris auction house Millon is selling items from the collection of Lili Grenier, celebrated artist’s model and muse and friend of some of the most famous artists of the late 19th century including Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

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