50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs

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50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs

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50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs
Auction: Mon 12 Apr - Wed 21 Apr 2021
Exhibition: - Tue 20 Apr 2021
By Appointment

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In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Sotheby’s photographs auctions, our New York and London specialists present 50 masterworks spanning the entire history of the medium.  The birth of photography is represented by an extraordinary trove of nearly 200 prints by William Henry Fox Talbot, collected by his devoted sister Horatia and passed by descent through family. The sale features exceptional works by women photographers, such as a rare early print of Imogen Cunningham’s modernist study Triangles; a surreal Nude by Lee Miller; and Anne Brigman’s quintessential composition The Dying Cedar. Classic American photographs include Carleton Watkins’s The Garrison, Columbia River, one of only two known prints in private hands, and a bravura early print of Ansel Adams’ seminal Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. Iconic postwar images include an early print of Robert Frank’s U.S. 90, Yves Klein’s Leap into the Void, Lee Friedlander’s Galax, and Roy DeCarava’s Dancers, each one a defining photograph of the artist’s life and work. In a contemporary vein, Sebastião Salgado’s magnum opus Serra Pelada, Gold Miners, Brazil, and Richard Misrach’s mesmerizing, mural-sized image of water prove that masters of the medium still walk among us.

Lots 1-25 will be offered in New York with bidding open 12-21 April. Lots 26-50 will be offered in London with bidding from 12-22 April.

Following the guidelines for the Phase Four reopening of Manhattan, we are able to accommodate clients in our building by appointment only. The exhibition for this sale will open on Thursday, April 15 and will close on Tuesday, April 20 at 5PM. To schedule an appointment please click here or contact appointmentsNY@sothebys.comor +1 212 606 7171. You can read more about our safety requirements here.

For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

+1 212 606 7000

enquiries@sothebys.com

For all enquiries please contact:

Emily Bierman

Vice President

Head of Department, Photographs

+1 212 894 1149

EMILY.BIERMAN@SOTHEBYS.COM

Aimee Pflieger

Assistant Vice President

Specialist

+1 212 894 1149

AIMEE.PFLIEGER@SOTHEBYS.COM

Hermione Sharp

Specialist, Head of Sale

+1 212 894 1149

HERMIONE.SHARP@SOTHEBYS.COM

Kelly Sidley

Associate Specialist & Senior Researcher

Photographs

+ 212 894 1149 

KELLY.SIDLEY@SOTHEBYS.COM

Caroline Yarbrough

Administrator

Photographs

+ 212 894 1149 

Caroline.Yarbrough@sothebys.com

all images © the gallery and the artist(s)


Selected Lots

  • Gifts to his Sister: Horatia Gaisford’s Collection of Photographs and Ephemera

    William Henry Fox Talbot
    Gifts to his Sister: Horatia Gaisford’s Collection of Photographs and Ephemera

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  • 'Moonrise, Hernandez, NM'

    Ansel Adams
    'Moonrise, Hernandez, NM'

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  • 'Family U. S. 90' (En Route to Del Rio)

    Robert Frank
    'Family U. S. 90' (En Route to Del Rio)

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  • Nude

    Lee Miller
    Nude

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  • Triangles

    Imogen Cunningham
    Triangles

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  • Leap into the Void (5, rue Gentil-Bernard, Fontenay-aux-Roses, October 1960)

    Yves Klein, Harry Shunk & Janos Kender
    Leap into the Void (5, rue Gentil-Bernard, Fontenay-aux-Roses, October 1960)

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  • ‘Harlequin Dress’

    Irving Penn
    ‘Harlequin Dress’

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  • Serra Pelada, Gold Mine, Brazil

    Sebastião Salgado
    Serra Pelada, Gold Mine, Brazil

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