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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Gallery unlocks secrets of Canadian photographer's once hidden talent at Photo London fair

15 April 2019

At 'Photo London' next month Robert Mann Gallery offers 'Academic Nude – Tower of Ivory' by the once forgotten Canadian photographer Margaret Watkins (1884-1969), who ensured her legacy with a secret trunk of works.

Photographica 2019 is destination event for collectors

15 April 2019

Photographica 2019 is a destination for collectors of classic cameras. The fair hosts up to 135 tables for buying, selling and swapping classic and antique cameras from across the country.

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Developments in focus at the latest photograph auctions in New York

15 April 2019

A look at the latest photograph auction highlights, potential sale stars to come, fairs coming up and a camera and equipment spotlight.

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Victorian photograph of the moon sells in an Irish auction

15 April 2019

A label to this 21 x 16½in (53 x 42cm) print reads 'Photograph of the Moon, taken by Prof Henry Draper, MD, with a silvered glass Telescope, Fifteen and a Half Inches Aperture, Hastings NY September 3rd 1863'.

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Photography pioneer pictures French city in 1840

15 April 2019

Philippe Fortuné Durand is regarded as the first professional photographer in France.

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A slice of rural life shown in more than 500 photographs at Ewbank’s auction

15 April 2019

When it comes to early or vintage photographs the interest is often centred around the social history of the material – the camera’s ability to document past events, be they special occasions or scenes of everyday life.

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Single-owner collection dedicated to avant-garde photographer sells at Chiswick Auctions

15 April 2019

A private single-owner collection of around 180 lots from one vintage photographer was the subject of a recent sale held by Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London.

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Early views of China prove major attraction at Bonhams Knightsbridge

15 April 2019

Early views of China are often best-sellers in the realm of topographical photography. An album of 83 albumen prints from the 1860s-70s proved to be a major attraction at Bonhams’ latest book sale held in Knightsbridge.

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Set of Man Ray limited edition prints emerge at Swann auction

15 April 2019

'Electricité', pictured below, is one of a limited edition portfolio of 10 photogravures after Man Ray’s Rayographs from a 1931 commercial commission from the artist by the Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d’Electricité.

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Japanese focus comes into view at London Photograph Fair

15 April 2019

An exhibition of 36 views of Mount Fuji, inspired by Hokusai’s famous print series, is presented by dealer Daniella Dangoor at the 'London Photograph Fair: Special Edition'.

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Vintage cameras and equipment snapped up by eager bidders at French auction

15 April 2019

A double helping of vintage cameras and photographic equipment was recently staged at Chartres by the Ivoire group Lelièvre, Pascal, Maiche, Paris (20% buyer’s premium).

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Cottingley Fairies hoax photographs that famously fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on offer at Dominic Winter auction

02 April 2019

Original photographs from the Cottingley Fairies hoax which famously fooled Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are among a group of lots coming up at a Gloucestershire saleroom.

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Vietnam War picture by Don McCullin offered at Battersea Decorative fair

29 March 2019

A powerful photograph of soldiers in the Vietnam War taken by Sir Don McCullin in the 1960s is among the highlights at the Spring Decorative Antiques and textiles fair next month.

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The queen with her eyes closed, Kate Moss on a lingerie shoot and Bill Nighy in his underwear – three portraits at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction

20 March 2019

Sotheby's March 20 Made in Britain auction featured a selection of paintings, works on paper, prints, photography, contemporary and studio ceramics and design by British artists. Among the photographs were unusual images of the queen, fashion model Kate Moss and actor Bill Nighy.

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The queen of fashion, the queen of hearts, and the queen: Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction features pictures of Kate Moss, Princess Diana and the queen among lots

14 March 2019

It is not quite a full house in a game of cards, but Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction has dealt three ‘queens’ alongside works by British artists including David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Dame Lucie Rie, Mary Fedden and Beryl Cook.

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Photo fair clicks up new London venue

11 March 2019

The London Photograph Fair, on March 17, has a new venue at the Hellenic Centre in Marylebone for this edition.

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Mayfair gallery hosts first solo Mulas exhibition

04 March 2019

This 1962 photograph of artist Lucio Fontana, below, is included in the UK’s first solo show of works by Ugo Mulas (1928-73).

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Show under starter’s orders at Michael Hoppen Gallery

25 February 2019

An untitled photograph of a horse race is among the wide selection of photographs on offer from Michael Hoppen Gallery’s exhibition Simply the Best featuring works of 20th century sports photographer Gerry Cranham (b.1928).

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London Photograph Fair moves to new Marylebone venue

29 January 2019

The London Photograph Fair has a new venue at the Hellenic Centre in Marylebone.

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Price of Robert Capa’s 'Falling Soldier' photograph rises high

07 January 2019

One of the most iconic photographic images of war came under the hammer at a recent Westlicht (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Vienna.

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