Photographs from the Ginny Williams Collection

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1334 York Avenue, NY 10021, New York, USA
Open: By Appointment


Photographs from the Ginny Williams Collection

New York

Photographs from the Ginny Williams Collection
Auction: Fri 27 Nov - Fri 4 Dec 2020
Exhibition: to Fri 4 Dec 2020
By Appointment


Sotheby’s is honored to present the next and final chapter of The Ginny Williams Collection, a series of sales that began with record-shattering auctions in New York this past June and July, our photographs sale and a selling exhibition focused on Ruth Bernhard. A pioneering collector, gallerist, and lifelong patron of the arts, Ginny was a dynamic force in the art market for more than three decades, passionately collecting more than 1,000 photographs by the time of her passing. As a staunch advocate for female photographers, she collected works by Ilse Bing, Dorothea Lange, Berenice Abbott, Helen Levitt, and Gertrude Käsebier, all featured in this sale. The photographs in The Ginny Williams Collection display a breadth of vision and connoisseurship that is nothing short of remarkable; the estimates for works in this auction range from $500 to $35,000 and are all offered without reserve. 

Following the guidelines for the Phase Four reopening of Manhattan, we are able to accommodate clients in our building by appointment only. To schedule an appointment to view property from this sale please contact or +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

For all enquiries please contact:

Emily Bierman

Vice President

Head of Department, Photographs

+1 212 894 1149


Aimee Pflieger

Assistant Vice President

Specialist, Head of Sale


+1 212 894 1149


Hermione Sharp

Associate Specialist


+1 212 894 1149


Kelly Sidley

Associate Specialist & Senior Researcher


+ 212 894 1149 


Lucie Kessler

Senior Administrator


+1 212 894 1149


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