The Oldest Presidential Portrait

On the 5th of October 2017 Sotheby’s New York will be hosting it’s anticipated Photographs auction. Prints from some of the most important figures in photographic history will be available, including ‘New Orleans’ (Trolley) by Robert Frank and Nymphea by Eugene Atget, but perhaps one of the most fascinating lots on offer comes from one of the lesser known photographers of the 19th century: Philip Haas.

Sotheby’s explains the fascinating story behind The Oldest Presidential Portrait:

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Sotheby’s Space Exploration Auction

Today (20th July 2017) Sotheby’s New York is holding it’s first Space Exploration-themed auction, with 35 photography lots available, including Astronauts portraits, lunar landscapes and signed photographs from the Apollo program with estimates ranging from $1,000 to $125,000. Drawings, manuscripts, memorabilia and other lots are available.

For more information about this auction, to register to bid, or see results afterwards click here.

Sotheby’s Contemporary Living Online Auction

Sotheby’s Contemporary Living Online Auction started this week, and will run until 19th July, with Prints, Photographs and Design items available. Lots include prints from Sally Mann’s Deep South series, and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Time Exposed Portfolio, as well as work from Bruce Weber, Peter Beard, Sebastiao Salgado, Ormond Gigli (above), Nick Brandt and Diane Arbus. Estimates range from $100 to $60,000.

For more information or to bid on lots click here.

Photography Auctions Calendar

Summer usually sees a lull in photography auctions, and this year is no different. Once August ends, however, 7 auctions are due – each celebrating photography, from Sotheby’s, Phillips and Dreweatts. Christies are yet to announce an autumn auction for their photography department, though one is expected. Scheduled auctions are as follows… Continue reading Photography Auctions Calendar

Relevant Links; Exhibitions June 2017

London’s The Photographers’ Gallery is showcasing Roger Mayne’s first major exhibition since 1999: click here

A exhibition of work by Joel Meyerowitz is currently on display at Beetles+Huxley Gallery in London click here

Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York is showing Tom Arndt’s work ‘Where I Live’ until July. click here

In other news, Ian Beesley’s exhibition ‘Grafters: Industrial society in image and word’ at the People History Museum, Manchester, was the most visited photography exhibition in 2016. click

Annie Leibovitz ‘Women: New Portrait’ International Tour

Annie Leibovitz New York 2015 StringersJournalImage: Annie Leibovitz with her children, Sarah, Susan and Samuelle, Rhinebeck, New York, 2015 (©Annie Leibovitz.)

On 16th January 2016 Annie Leibovitz is to begin a 10-city 12 month international tour of her new series ‘WOMEN: New Portrait’, an update of her ‘Women’ series of photographs, which were originally created in collaboration with Susan Sontag 15 years ago. The exhibitions, which begin in London at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, are free to the public and will be held in various currently undisclosed locations, but not the usual galleries or museums. The series is commissioned by the financial services company UBS and is the largest touring show the company have ever staged, taking in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Mexico City, Istanbul, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Zurich and Hong Kong. The body of work will include photographs from the original series as well as new ones including portraits of Serena Williams, Gloria Steinem and Amy Schumer, and others which Leibovitz is still working on. The exhibition is expected to reflect “the changes in the roles of women today”.

Tickets for the London show will be available from December with the show closing on 7th February before moving on to Tokyo.
For more information visit: www.ubs.com/annieleibovitz

Leibovitz’s most expensive photograph sold at auction:

Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London, 2007 on 30th June 2011 at Sotheby’s London ‘Contemporary Art Day’ auction at a premium of £50,450 ($80,820). The print was estimated to sell for £8,000 – 12,000.

The Archival Pigment Print was donated to Sotheby’s by Leibovitz and measures at 40”(h)x60”(w). Edition 5 of 10, signed & numbered.