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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Railroad views steaming into London Photograph Fair Special Edition

07 May 2018

An unusual collection of more than 300 blue-toned cyanotypes showing American railroads in the early 1900s is on offer at the third annual London Photograph Fair Special Edition (May 19-20).

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Photo London involves 108 exhibitors offering images from very early days to contemporary works

07 May 2018

Four years in, Photo London is growing and has many of the marks of remaining a popular and respected fair for dealers in both historic and contemporary photography.

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Art world’s female movers and shakers in the picture

07 May 2018

Fashion, photography and the art world’s most powerful women...

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Photobooks: the original image-sharing platform

03 May 2018

The photobook genre is almost as old as photography itself and can be collected at all price points, as Bonhams’ Matthew Haley reports.

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Austin/Desmond shows works of Chilean artists Mario Fonseca and Mauricio Valenzuela

30 April 2018

An exhibition on two artists active during the Chilean dictatorship of General Pinochet opens at Austin/Desmond this month.

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New collector's guide focuses on vintage film photography

30 April 2018

Classic camera collectors, users and dealers from around the world will be focusing their attentions this weekend on Photographica, the annual specialist fair organised in London by the Photographic Collectors’ Club of Great Britain.

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Famous names of British photography come to auction in Philadelphia

26 April 2018

Included in Freeman’s Modern and Contemporary Art auction in Philadelphia will be 32 lots of photographs by some of the best known names in British photography.

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Archive packed with iconic space photographs to sell for thousands in New York

17 April 2018

An archive of 1500 photos recording the early days of the US space programme goes under the hammer at Swann Auction Galleries this week.

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The last samurai are caught on camera

16 April 2018

The man in the photo clad in armour has the proud but sad and wistful gaze of someone who knows that while he is young in age, he is also part of the old guard. He comes from a disappearing world.

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Roger Fenton’s pioneering war photography

16 April 2018

According to Chris Albury at Cirencester auctioneer Dominic Winter, an “an absolutely A1 example” of Roger Fenton’s (1819-69) famous photo The Valley of the Shadow of Death would make “£50,000-plus at auction, easy peasy”.

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Huge group of photos at auction reflects 19th century collecting craze of the carte de visite

12 April 2018

Parents will now be shelling out hundreds of pounds as kids fill up football World Cup sticker albums and negotiate playground swaps in a now time-honoured fashion. Back in the mid-19th century the photo collecting craze was all about the carte de visite, as a May 3 auction underlines.

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Huge photograph archive of luxury transatlantic liner Normandie heads to Paris auction

02 April 2018

Synonymous with luxury and style, the Normandie epitomised the Art Deco era.

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Birth of art photography: A selection of early Victorian photographs come to auction as the National Portrait Gallery unveils new exhibition

05 March 2018

Work by ground-breaking Victorian photographers Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Lewis Carroll will be offered at auction this week in Gloucestershire.

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From fifties fashion to Churchill: photographs by Elsbeth Juda go up for sale in London

28 February 2018

The Jewish Museum has opened a retrospective of the late British photographer Elsbeth Juda, a Jewish émigré who brought a new modernist artistic vision to Britain from Germany.

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Pick of the Week: Scottish library find reveals Indian photos

19 February 2018

A country house library in south-west Scotland was the source of an album of 19th century photographs of India that provided a Valentine’s Day surprise at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

19 February 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships

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Very early aviation photos at auction show first commercial flight in England

07 February 2018

What would you guess was the purpose of the first ever commercial flight taken in England? Taking passengers from London to Edinburgh perhaps? Or maybe a sightseeing trip over tourist attractions?

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Mitchell hits the Alpine peaks for the 17th time

29 January 2018

John Mitchell Fine Art’s 17th 'Peaks & Glaciers' exhibition takes place at its Mayfair space until April 19.

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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’.

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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.

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