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Fine Photographs and Photobooks

Fine Photographs and Photobooks

Manuel Álvarez Bravo » Berenice Abbott » Ansel Adams » James Anderson » David Bailey » Felice Beato » Cecil Beaton » Guillaume Berggren » Bruce Bernard » Ruth Bernhard » Erwin Blumenfeld » Félix Bonfils » René Burri » Romano Cagnoni » Harry Callahan » Henri Cartier-Bresson » Chris Cheetham » Bob Carlos Clarke » Denise Colomb » Bruce Davidson » Lynn Davis » Louis De Clercq » André de Dienes » Baron Adolphe De Meyer » Tancrède Dumas » Nikos Economopoulos » Louis Faurer » Roger Fenton » Mario Giacomelli » Pierre Gonnord » Ernst Haas » Horst P. Horst » George Hurrell » Tiina Itkonen » Alison Jackson » Colin Jones » Elsbeth Juda (Jay) » Gertrude Käsebier » Nadav Kander » Tom Kelley » William Klein » Brigitte Lacombe » Barry Lategan » Lehnert & Landrock  » Annie Leibovitz » Mary McCartney » Steve McCurry » Ralph Eugene Meatyard » Ray K. Metzker » Dario Mitidieri » Yan Morvan » Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) » Terry O'Neill » Ruth Orkin » Gabriel Orozco » Homer Page » Max Pam » Tim Parchikov » Paul Pfeiffer » George Platt-Lynes » Herbert G. Ponting » Edward Quinn » Bruce Rae » Herb Ritts » George Rodger » Willy Ronis » Osvaldo Salas » Roberto Salas » Sebastião Salgado » Charles Jr. Sheeler » Julius Shulman » W. Eugene Smith » Jack Spencer » Bert Stern » Paul Strand » Allan Tannenbaum » Henry Baker Tristram » Antoine Verglas » Ellen von Unwerth » Weegee » Brett Weston » Bob Willoughby »

Auction: – 17 May 2017

Thu 18 May 14:00

Bloomsbury Auctions

16/17 Pall Mall
SW1Y 5LU London

+44 (0)207-495 9494 ext. 222


Mon-Fri 9.30-17.30

Fine Photographs and Photobooks
lot 15
Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) - G. F. Watts, 1864
Estimate £1200–1500

Bloomsbury Auctions is delighted to present its autumn Photographs sale on 18th May at 2pm, coinciding with Photo London week.
From the beginnings of the medium to the present day, the auction features 175 lots of both prints and books, by a wide range of photographers.

The sale opens in the 19th century. This section includes a rare albumen Panorama of Montreal, c.1895, measuring 41.3 x 154.4cm by Notman & Son (lot 6, £1,500-2,000) and 52 delicate hand-colored albumen prints of Japan from 1860s-90s by photographers such as Felice Beato, Raimund Von Stillfried-Ratenicz and Tamamura Kozaburo (lot 13, £1,200-1,500). Travel photography from the 19th century is represented in a rich section including views of Italy, the Middle-East, the Holy Land and Cyprus by important photographers like Felix Bonfils, James Anderson or Roger Fenton.

This section ends with a delicate portrait of G.F. Watts taken by Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron in 1864. (lot 15, £1,200-1,500) This print was originally pasted into a scrapbook belonging to artist Edward Clifford, which he later gifted to his friend and co-lodger Henry Blackwell Harris, one of the founders of the Oriental Ceramics Society.

The core section of the sale is 20th century photography, with some unmissable names like Cecil Beaton, Willy Ronis, Ruth Orkins, Mario Giacomelli, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, René Burri, Brett Weston, Ansel Adams. Four photographs by Elsbeth Judas are offered, a photographer whose work was known little about until her first major exhibition at the age of 98, including a photograph of Sir Winston Churchill used as visual references for the much-talked-about Graham Sutherland's painting of the Prime Minister on the occasion of his 80th birthday. (lots 26 to 29, £1,200-1,500 each).

The auction has a strong and varied selection of American photography. Starting with early 20th century works, offering a delightful hand-painted early print of Rhododendron Hollow-Wesley, 1912 by Paul Strand (lot 38, £2,000-3,000) along with a bromoil print of an early 1916 Brooklyn Bridge print by William Gordon Shields (lot 32, £2,000-3,000). Later works include fine examples of street photography masters Berenice Abbott, Homer Page, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, William Klein and Ray K. Metzger. A rarely seen triptych by Harry Callahan (lot 100, £2,000-3,000) brings some colors to this section, along with two prints by Ernst Haas (lots 101, 102).

Fine Photographs and Photobooks
lot 33
Ray K. Metzger (1931-2014) - Berghoff Annex, Chicago, ca.1958
Estimate £1500–2000

Glamourous and iconic portraits from a private collection will be auctioned, including an early portrait of Marilyn by Andre de Dienes (lot 55, £800-1,200), a portrait of Sarah Bernhardt by Nadar taken in 1880s (lot 56m £300-500), Madonna, True Blue, 1986, image used on the cover of the well-known album and shot by Herb Ritts (lot 65, £5,000-7,000) and other portraits by Ellen Von Unwerth, Clarence Sainclair Bull and Annie Leibovitz.
The sale also highlights the art of nude photography, with some beautiful vintage prints by William Witt (lot 40, 41), an iconic Perspective II by Ruth Bernhard (lot 42, £5,000-7,000) and a suggested Nude with Shadows, ca.1950 by Erwin Blumenfeld (lot 99, £2,000-3,000).

Social and documentary photography is also highly present in the catalogue with a bright Moonrise in Mumbai, 1991 by Steve McCurry (lot 129, £3,000-5,000) contrasting with a beautiful monochrome of Mali, 1985 by Sebastiao Salgado (lot 140, £3,000-5,000). Other highlights include four prints by French photographer Yan Morvan from his series 'Blousons Noirs', 1975 focusing on the biker gang subcultures (lots 117 to 120).
The auction concludes with a range of photobooks including a niche selection of books from Japan.

Fine Photographs and Photobooks
lot 99
Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) - Nude with Shadows, ca. 1950
Estimate £2000–3000
Fine Photographs and Photobooks
lot 117
Yan Morvan (b.1954) - Untitled, from the 'Blousons Noirs' series,1975
Estimate £2000–3000
Fine Photographs and Photobooks
Lot 85
Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000) - Io Non Ho Mani Che Mi Accarezzino Il Volto, 1961
Estimate £4000–6000