Fine Photographs: March 2021 Auction Highlights

Lot 282: Irving Penn, Tulip/Tulipa: China Pink, New York, pigment print, 2006. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.

At Auction March 11, 2021

Lot 13: Camera Work, Steichen Supplement, eleven photogravures, five halftones, New York, 1906. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Pictorialism & Early 20th-Century Photography in America

Featuring Alfred Stieglitz’s iconic Camera Work Number 36, Edward Steichen’s Camera Work Steichen Supplement, a run of pieces by Edward Curtis, and a section of material shot in New York (lots 88 to 105). Works that utilize photography as a tool for social change and documentation include several groundbreaking works for the FSA (lots 52 to 70), and two vintage variant prints of Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother.

Lot 92: Helen Levitt, NY (boys on a pediment), silver print, circa 1940, printed 1980s. Estimate $5,000 to $7,000.
Lot 131: Ed van der Elsken, rare, handmade personal album of 27 Parisian photographs, silver prints, circa 1951. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

European Photography Before the 1960s

With works by Brassaï, André Kertész, Ed van der Elsken and others.

Lot 155: Irving Penn, Spencer Tracy, New York, silver print, 1948. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.


Artists, politicians, and old Hollywood: portraits include several exquisite prints by Irving Penn, Horst. P. Horst’s Coco Chanel, Paris, Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s Frida Kahlo with globe, Peter Hujar’s Edwin Denby, Robert Mapplethorpe’s Lisa Lyon, and Lawrence Schiller’s portofolio Marilyn 12.

Lot 164: Peter Hujar, Edwin Denby, silver print, 1975. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 218: Diane Arbus, Tattooed man at a Carnival, M.D., silver print, 1970, printed early 1970s. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Midcentury Photography

Photographs of America from the 1950s-70s, with works by Diane Arbus, Saul Leiter, W. Eugene Smith, Garry Winogrand, and Ray Metzker, as well as international work by Peter Beard and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Lot 240: Robert Mapplethorpe, Cedric, NYC, from the X Portfolio, silver print, 1978. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.

The Human Form, Landscape & Nature

Photographs and portfolios by Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, PaJaMa, Lucien Clergue, Laura Gilpin, Edward and Cole Weston, Barbara Morgan, and others.

Lot 255: Ansel Adams, Portfolio V, ten silver prints, Parasol Press, circa 1936-60, prints 1970. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.
Lot 308: Robert Heinecken, PP/Surrealism-AA, dye bleach photogram, 1990. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.

Contemporary Photography

Photographs by John Dugdale, William Eggleston, Adam Fuss, Evenlyn Hofer, Duane Michals, Joel Meyerowitz, Catherine Opie, Thomas Ruff, Dash Snow, William Wegman and Neil Winokur.

Lot 321: Neil Winokur, Coffee Cup, cibachrome print, 2000. Estimate $1,000 to $1,500.

Vernacular Photography

Material ranging from photomatic selfies, Kodak girls, horror film still, atomic bomb tests, spirit photographs, medical documents, and cabinet cards.

Lot 327: A group of approximately 50 Photomatic selfies of the same man taken over a period of time, 1940s. Estimate $1,500 to $2,500.

What You Need to Know on Auction Day

This auction will be held live and conducted remotely.

Previewing by Appointment Only Through Wednesday, March 10

There will not be bidding in the room, though we accept order bids, and interested buyers will be able to participate live via the Swann Galleries App. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play, which can also be accessed on a desktop at

Please note: phone bidding registrations will close the day before the sale at 4pm. 

At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed to the public. Private viewings are available by appointment only, and must be arranged in advance. To make an appointment please contact the specialist.


Deborah Rogal

Director, Photographs & Photobooks

(212) 254-4710 ext. 55

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