Auction Highlights: Fine Photographs — May 16, 2024

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #52, silver print, 1979. Estimate $120,000 to $180,000.

Our May 16 auction is headlined by two iconic female photographers, Dorothea Lange and Cindy Sherman. Innovators, trailblazers, and unmatched in their vision, both photographers challenge the viewer to reconsider their perspective and employ a powerful narrative voice throughout their imagery. Both works included in this auction—Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, and Untitled Film Still #52, 1979—are iconic examples of these photographers’ work.

We are also pleased to offer a broad and inclusive selection of classical works, featuring Alfred Eisenstaedt’s Children at a Puppet Theater, Paris, 1963, printed 1991, Irving Penn’s platinum-palladium Father and Son with Eggs, Cuzco, 1948, printed 1978, Paul Strand’s Farmyard in Dordogne, France, 1950, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s portrait of Henri Matisse from 1944, printed 1980s, and a stunning work by Laura Aguilar Nature Self-portrait #12, 1996. We are also featuring a rare and striking Eugène Atget Coiffeur, Avenue de l’Observatoire, Paris, 1926. Additional photographers of note include Hiro, Anne Brigman, Laura Gilpin, Frederick Sommer, Minor White, Jessie Tarbox Beals, Andy Warhol, and much, much more.

More recent and contemporary work includes Listening to the River, a triptych by Robert Adams from 1994, two exceptional photographs by Helmut Newton (Sie Kommen, Paris, 1981, printed circa 2000, and Woman examining man, from American Vogue, St. Tropez, 1975, printed 2000s), and two by Nick Brandt (Lion Under Leaning Tree, Maasai Mara, 2008 and Giraffe, 2004), as well as a selection of contemporary works including material by Laurie Simmons, Vanessa Beecroft, Martin Schoeller, Olafur Eliasson, and Vera Lutter. 

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age 32), silver print, 1936. Estimate $100,000 to $150,000.
Robert Adams, Listening to the River, triptych, three silver prints, 1994. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.
Helmut Newton, Sie Kommen, Paris, silver print, 1981, printed circa 2000. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000.
Irving Penn, Father and Son with Eggs, Cuzco, platinum-palladium print, 1948, printed 1978. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
Alfred Eisenstaedt, Children at a Puppet Theater, Paris, silver print, 1963, printed 1991. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
Laura Aguilar, Nature Self-Portrait #12, silver print, 1996. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500.

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