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.


How to cash in on top attic discoveries

02 January 2018

Beloved of TV antiques programmes and of bidders knowing the lots are absolutely fresh to market, there are few phrases to stir the blood at an auction as much as ‘from the attic’.


Paris auction reveals another side to the talented Emile Zola

18 December 2017

The photographic archive of Emile Zola (1840-1902) was offered by Artcurial (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on December 4 with over 90% of the 75 lots changing hands.


Single-owner Cartier-Bresson collection in the New York picture

18 December 2017

The famous photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson are no strangers to salerooms but it is not every day that you find 120 lots being offered from a single-owner collection.


Tibet in the frame from golf to gore

11 December 2017

Wiltshire auction house Henry Aldridge & Son (17.5% buyer’s premium) has established a reputation for Titanic memorabilia thanks to two specialist sales a year. Thanks to a lot sold in the November 11 auction, the Devizes firm also has a handy sideline in early photographs of Tibet.

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Wholesale evidence of Emile Zola’s photography talent offered at Paris auction

01 December 2017

Famed as a prolific author, art critic, and champion of French Impressionism, Emile Zola (1840-1902) had yet another string to his bow. He was, it transpires, an early adopter of the art of photography and a keen practitioner.


Ansel Adams photographs offered at Doyle New York

20 November 2017

Highlighting the next photographs auction at Doyle, New York, on December 14 is an Ansel Adams Museum Set comprising 75 gelatin silver prints of the most famous images, each with a pencil signature, from the legendary photographer.

Man Ray

Flash sales: Paris Photo joined by photograph auctions in France

17 November 2017

Le Mois de la Photo in Paris celebrated the art of photography with the city’s annual fair Paris Photo at the Grand Palais from November 9-12 plus a slew of accompanying photograph auctions.


Paris Photo clicks into the autumn line-up

30 October 2017

Paris, like London, is in full fair swing in the autumn. Once Frieze closed in the UK capital, contemporary art galleries move across the Channel to the French capital for FIAC.

Highlights focus from auctions timed to coincide with Paris Photo

30 October 2017

Paris Photo also serves as an opportunity for Paris auction houses to mount their own photo fest. Sales taking place during early November to coincide with the event at the Grand Palais include dedicated auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and various firms at Drouot. Like the fair itself, the material on offer will range from contemporary works by living photographers through to pieces by some of the earliest pioneers.


Photographic bites from the Big Apple

25 September 2017

October is one of two periods each year when New York salerooms put the spotlight on photographs. Here ATG selects highlights ranging from mid-19th century daguerreotypes to works from the 21st century...


Album reveals POW camp life

18 September 2017

Located on the Vistula river in northern Poland, the old city of Torun somehow escaped undamaged from the ravages of the Second World War and is now recognised as one of the country’s national treasures.


Postcards reveal everyday life on London streets

04 September 2017

This Edwardian postcard, showing a hot-chestnut seller in the City of London, was issued by the Rotary Photographic Company in its London Life series.


Sparkling show: collection of Cecil Beaton’s photographs of women in jewellery goes on show at Sotheby’s Geneva

25 August 2017

An exhibition at Sotheby’s Geneva showcases Cecil Beaton’s (1904-80) photographs of women wearing jewellery.


Previews: £30,000 plus

21 August 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

Man Ray photograph at Christie's

Christie’s to sell photographs from Museum of Modern Art’s collection in New York

11 August 2017

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has consigned a series of photographs to Christie’s which will be offered at auctions over the next 18 months.

Space selfie

First space self-portrait goes under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions

27 July 2017

Among the lots at Bloomsbury Auctions’ upcoming sale, The Glory of Science, is ‘the first space selfie’.

Charles Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron photograph of Charles Darwin brings competition at Sotheby’s

24 July 2017

A photographic portrait of Charles Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron was among the lots drawing strong competition at Sotheby’s sale of works from one of the largest private collections of material relating to the great naturalist ever formed.

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Rare early photographs at auction reveal a snapshot of the Second Boer War

05 July 2017

Militaria archive material such as documents, letters and log books has been delivering strong results at auction recently, aided by cross-over appeal to photography enthusiasts.


Pictures tell a story at Bermondsey exhibition

26 June 2017

An exhibition of the photographs of Marilyn Stafford travelled from Lucy Bell Fine Art in East Sussex last weekend to reopen in London’s Art Bermondsey Project Space on Tuesday, June 27.


Photo sales develop in Paris

05 June 2017

A clutch of photograph sales is coming up this month in Paris. Among them is Millon and Baron Ribeyre’s two-day auction on June 13 and 16.



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