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.


Roger Mayne photos a first at new Bernard Quaritch

15 May 2017

The first photography exhibition to take place at Bernard Quaritch’s South Audley Street location is Roger Mayne – London & Paris.


Photography in focus as sales timed to coincide with London fair

15 May 2017

Satellite events and specialist photography sales are riding on the coattails of Photo London (May 18-21) this spring, coinciding with the fair’s four-day run at Somerset House.


Capture your Kodak moments at annual London photography fair

15 May 2017

Just as CDs and then downloads led to warnings of the demise of vinyl, the vintage camera collecting field was also predicted to be affected with the advancement of digital cameras. But both collecting fields are far from dead.


Shot, framed and hung: Photo London fair returns to Somerset House for third year

15 May 2017

Capital gears up for fairs which put it in the frame for dealing in both contemporary and older

The London Photograph Fair: Special Edition seeks to attract a bigger buyer base

15 May 2017

The London Photograph Fair: Special Edition runs from May 20-21 and is a smaller, artsier version of the organisation’s quarterly fairs.


Berenice Abbott New York photos on sale in same city

08 May 2017

The largest group of photographs from Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) to come on the market since the Museum of the City of New York deaccessioned its duplicates in 2002 is offered in Heritage Auctions’ photographs sale on May 18-19.


Albums from an Asian Odyssey at Lyon & Turnbull

24 April 2017

Johannes Schröder (1870-1942) was not only a wealthy German merchant but also a globetrotter and a pioneer in utilising the invention of photography to document his time.


Trees blossom in fruitful photo auctions in New York

13 April 2017

The cusp of March to April is traditionally photo time in the Big Apple. It is the period when AIPAD (The Association of International Photography Art Dealers) stages The Photography Show, which is the main US fair for photography, and the point when the major New York auction houses put on the first of their biannual stateside series of photo auctions.

Alejandro Guijarro photo

X-rays lead to ‘new’ Old Masters

25 March 2017

This image is one of the pieces featured in LEAD, an ongoing exhibition of the photographs of Alejandro Guijarro at the London gallery Tristan Hoare.


Beard portraits are the early face of photography

18 March 2017

This pair of daguerrotypes are by the influential English entrepreneur and photographer Richard Beard (1801-85).

Helen Carless and Lady Carnarvon

Auctioneers negotiate private sale of ‘Downton Abbey’ photographs

27 February 2017

A photo album giving a glimpse of late 19th century life in one of Britain’s most distinguished country seats is heading back home.

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Rare slides sold at auction reveal scenes from 1922 British Everest Expedition

13 February 2017

THESE days climbing Everest is a bit old hat. Don’t get me wrong – people still die in the attempt and it is a massive achievement – but more than 4000 people have climbed the world’s highest mountain since it was first conquered in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

The Oxford Arms, Warwick Lane, London

Old London photographs impress at new saleroom

11 November 2016

The first two-day auction held at The Cotswold Auction Company’s new Bankside saleroom in Love Lane, Cirencester, clicked with one buyer especially.

The Beatles photographer Tom Murray

New album by The Beatles photographer offered as part of charity auction

26 October 2016

A limited edition photo of two members of The Beatles and a new signed monograph by the photographer who took it are part of a 107-lot timed charity auction that closes on November 6.

Gibson photographic archive

Penlee House Museum buys evocative photograph archive

07 July 2016

An eleventh-hour private treaty deal has secured a photographic archive for the Penlee House Museum and Gallery.

Pulman Photographic Studio prints

Images from New Zealand’s first female photographer appear at Shropshire auction

02 March 2016

Originally from Lymm in Cheshire, Elizabeth Pulman (née Chadd) (1836-1900) is regarded as the first professional female photographer in New Zealand.

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Power of the Penn second time around

21 October 2015

As part of their latest 20th Century & Decorative Art auction in Stansted Mountfitchet, Sworders sold this still life by the influential American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) for £61,000.

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Edward VIII Nazi salute photos on sale at Morgan Evans

27 July 2015

A photo album showing the former King Edward VIII giving Nazi salutes is on offer for the first time in 30 years, auctioneers Morgan Evans have revealed.

The Ducal Palace, the Zecca and the Campanile with Moored Ships in Foreground, c.1851.

Ruskin’s photo archive returns – in better focus

19 March 2015

One of the most spectacular regional auction finds of the past decade returns to the limelight this week with the publication of a book documenting the history of a cache of early topographical photographs belonging to the Victorian critic, artist and social reformer John Ruskin (1819-1900).

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Space photos star in the saleroom

13 March 2015

“Most of us will never experience space, which explains why space-flown items are in such high demand. Their travels imbue them with an almost mystical aura.”



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