A Look Inside the Catalogue
Our winter photography auction highlights exquisite modernist images, including Lewis W. Hine's dramatic Empire State Building, 1931, as well as Brassaï’s iconic image of artists sketching a nude model, L'Académie Julian, 1932 (pictured below). Further highlights include a 1930s portrait by Alfred Stieglitz of his paramour Dorothy Norman.
Right, Lot 285: Group of 22 photographs from NASA missions, 1965-84, printed circa 1985.
Sold for $43,750.
Lot 61: Ansel Adams, Clearing Winter Storm, silver print, 1944. Sold for $32,500.
Printmaker-turned-photographer Roy DeCarava is represented by two haunting works, Dancers, 1956, and Graduation, 1949. Featured contemporary works include several cibachrome prints by Nan Goldin and Hiroshi Sugimoto's Ostrich – Wart Hog, 1980. The sale also boasts stunning color photographs associated with the space exploration programs of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Right, Lot 144: Roy Decarava, Dancers, silver print, 1981. Sold for $40,000.
Lot 141: Robert Frank,Trolley–New Orleans, silver print, 1955. Sold for $21,250.
Lot 13: Eadweard Muybridge, 50 collotypes from Animal Locomotion, 1887. Sold for $62,500.
Left, Lot 97: Leni Riefenstahl, 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, including portrait of Jesse Owens,
set of 32 silver prints, 1936. Sold for $30,000.
Right, Lot 56: Lewis W. Hine, Empire State Building, silver print, 1930. Sold for $37,500.
Left, Lot 6: Sixth-plate tintype after a daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe, circa 1849-50s. Sold for $37,500.
Right, Lot 32: Edward S. Curtis, Chief of the Desert, Navajo, orotone, 1904. Sold for $23,750.
A rare selection of photobooks includes John Thomson's Illustrations of China and its People, Volumes I and II, 1873, and Lucien Clergue's maquette for Picasso en Provence, 1987, with 150 photographs. A group of 50 of Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion collotypes from 1887 is an important early highlight.
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