Paris Photo 2015 Gallery Weekend


The 19th edition of the Paris Photo fair had to be abandoned on the 14th November due to the attacks in Paris, but organisers of the fair are now hosting a gallery weekend for those who missed out. The event takes place this weekend in Paris, with Paris Photo releasing the following statement:

‘Following the tragic events that hit Paris and the premature closing of Paris Photo November 14 and 15th, the Paris Photo team thanks its exhibitors for their confidence and shares in the general disappointment of the closing of the 19th edition of Paris Photo after only three days which were to be announced as our most successful to date.

Because such events cannot and must not deprive us of our most important cultural events, at the initiative of the gallery Alain Gutharc, and with the immediate participation of the galleries Les Filles du Calvaire and Françoise Paviot, 54 International and Parisian galleries invite the public to discover their exhibitions in their private venues where the artworks will be displayed as they had been imagined for Paris Photo 2015.

In collaboration and with the support of Paris Photo, participating galleries will be exceptionally open from 10am-8pm Saturday and Sunday November 28-29th. This will be the occasion for collectors and photography aficionados who did not have the opportunity to visit the fair at the Grand Palais, to discover these exceptional artworks within the galleries.’

For a list of galleries involved in this weekend’s event, information on reimbursements or to view a virtual tour of the space, visit the official website here

Christies ‘Photographs’ Auction results


On 12th November was the first of Christies two photography auctions this month. The ‘Photographs’ auction was held at Christies Paris with 100 lots available, including the rare and controversial ‘Man in Polyester Suit’ by Robert Mapplethorpe (below), which was estimated to sell for €180,000–250,000, yet sold for €381,500. The gelatine silver print came from a private collection in Arizona and was the most expensive lot sold at the auction.


Other successful lots came from Joseph-Philbert Girault de Prangey (top), whose ’23 Rome Jupiter Tonnant’ (1842) sold for €175,500 with an original estimation of €30,000-€50,000, and ’74 Pres d’alexandria le Desert’ (1842), which sold for €133,500 with an estimation for €40,000-€60,000. Both Daguerreotypes came from a private French collection.

Dovima with elephants, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Pa

Richard Avedon’s ‘Dovima with Elephants’ (above) has previously been the photographer’s most expensive photograph sold at auction ($1,151,976 Christie’s Paris, November 2005), yet this 28th edition of the gelatin silver print sold for only €51,900 at this auction.

To view all lots from this auction click here

Bonham’s ‘Prints, Photographs & Works On Paper’ Auction Results


On 14th November Bonhams hosted a ’Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper’ Auction in Hong Kong. The auction included various artistic mediums, including photographs by practitioners such as Mario Testing, Cecil Beaton, Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Zhang Huan and Nobuyoshi Araki. Of the 101 lots available, 55 were sold.

Atypically the most expensive lot sold at the auction was a photograph; that of Ho Fan’s Approaching Shadow, 1954 (above), a silver gelatin print from a private collection in Hong Kong. The lot sold for HK$375,000 (£31,793).

For full results from this auction click here.

Christie’s Paris Auction Postponed

tumblr_m7vygx4mhq1qiyyydo1_1280Dora Maar ‘Les Annees Vous Guettent’, 1932. Christie’s Auction Lot 241.

A brief statement from Christie’s regarding their second photography auction of the month, originally scheduled last weekend:

‘Due to the tragic events in Paris last Friday 13 November the sale of Collection Shalom Shpilman – Part II, initially planned for Saturday, 14 November has been rescheduled to Friday 20 November at 4pm.

For more information on this auction, and to view all lots available click here

Sotheby’s Back to Black Photographies Auction


This week saw Sotheby’s second of two photography auctions this month, with the 5 day ‘Back to Black Photographies’ auction in Paris of 135 lots. The auction brought together iconic images from the history of photography, including works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Robert Doisneau, Sebastiao Salgado, Bruce Weber, Man Ray, Eugene Atget, Ansel Adams, August Sander, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Thomas Struth and Richard Avedon.

The most expensive lot sold was ‘Wasserturme (Trichter)’ by Bernd & Hilla Becher (below), this was a collection of 9 silver prints from the Konrad Fischer Gallery in Dusseldorf, which sold for €411,000. The collection was estimated to sell for €60,000-80,000.

WASSERTÜRME Bernd & Hilla Becher

Other successful sales came via Richard Avedon’s ‘In the American West’ series, these included ‘Edward Roop, Coal Miner, Paonia, Colorado’ (top) a 1985 silver print, which sold for €84,600 with an estimate for €70,000-100,000, and ‘Hansel Nicholas Burum, Coal Miner, Somerset, Colorado’ a 1985 silver print, which sold for €75,000 with an estimate for €50,000-70,000. Both photographs were signed and stamped, and came from Richard Avedon studio at Galerie Zur Stockeregg.

To view all lots sold at this auction, and for more information click here.

Paris Photo Closed

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Due to the attacks in Paris last night the organisers of ParisPhoto 2015 (currently taking place) have announced the fair will be closed today, in this brief statement:

Paris Photo is closed Saturday November 14th.
Under the order of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Prime Minister, all cultural institutions in the region of Ile-de-France are closed today, Saturday November 14th, the Grand Palais included. In accordance, Reed Expositions announces the closing of Paris Photo for the day, Saturday November 14th. 
Reed Expositions, the Paris Photo team and all the exhibitors extend their sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of the attacks and share in the national mourning decreed by the President of the Republic.

Read more about this, and the fair by clicking here

Upcoming Photography Auctions: November pt II

Irving Penn Woman in Balenciaga CoatIrving Penn, Woman in Balenciaga Coat (1950). Bloomsbury Auctions Lot 151.

On 14th November Bonhams will be hosting a ’Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper’ Auction in Hong Kong with various photographs on sale by photographers such as Mario Testing, Cecil Beaton, Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Zhang Huan and Nobuyoshi Araki. View all lots available and register to bid here

Nan Goldin Guido on The Train Amalfi Coast 1996Nan Goldin, Guido on The Train (1996). Bloomsbury Auctions Lot 161

Bloomsbury Auctions is hosting a photographic auction on 19th November with 173 lots available including photobooks as well as photographs, this ranges from ‘Alfred Lord Tennyson and His Friends’ a bound collection of 25 photogravures by Julia Margaret Cameron published and illustrated by her son, to a 1845 salt print by William Henry Fox Talbot. Other notable lots include Terry O’Neill’s photographs of Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn, Herbert Mason’s St. Paul’s Cathedral during the Blitz, and photographs by Robert Frank, Walker Evans, W. Eugene Smith, Brassai, Robert Doisneau, Agnes McBean, William Klein and Patrick Demarchelier.
The auction takes place at 2pm in London. Read the auction catalogue here