Photographs

Photographs have existed in various forms from the daguerreotypes of the early 19th century right through to today’s development of digital technology.

London dealers P & D Colnaghi have been selling photographs since the 1850s while the first photographic auctions took place in London in the mid-19th century, and though slower to take hold in the US, Alfred Stieglitz established important photographic galleries in New York during the first half of the 20th century.

Some of the most collectable photographers include Julia Margaret Cameron, Ansel Adams, Cindy Sherman, and Irving Penn.


John Deakin photographic prints

John Deakin photographic archive bid to 15 times estimate

12 June 2024

Wirral-born photographer John Deakin (1912-1972) is best-known for his uncompromisingly honest portraits of the Soho art scene of the 1950s and 60s.

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Darwin as depicted by the ‘father of art photography’

10 June 2024

An autographed photograph of Charles Darwin (1809-82) described as “very scarce” by Hansons (26.5% buyer’s premium) sold for £8500.

2. CHAPLIN (CHARLIE) Publisher's Archive. Estimate £30,000 50,000

Charlie Chaplin archive revealing 'perfectionism' goes under the hammer at Bonhams

01 June 2024

An extensive archive relating to Charlie Chaplin goes under the hammer at Bonhams next month.

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Vendor chuffed as collection of British Railways photos pulls into Tennants

27 May 2024

'Large and comprehensive' was the apt description used by Tennants (24% buyer’s premium) for a collection of British Railways photographs and slides offered on April 3.

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It’s just your calotype: an introduction for enthusiasts

06 May 2024

As well as his usual commercial stand at Photo London this year, Robert Hershkowitz stages a special exhibition on French calotype.

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Folk art specialist Young celebrates the British high street

06 May 2024

A collection of 23 vintage photographs is showcased in Robert Young Antiques’ exhibition Ironmongers.

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Photographica fair: market develops in different ways

29 April 2024

One of the exhibitors at this month’s Photographica says ‘point and shoot’ cameras are in demand

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Hoppen takes a fresh view of Japan

15 April 2024

'Okashi', the Japanese term for anything strange, unusual or deliberately humorous, defines the array of pieces on display at Michael Hoppen’s first exhibition held in its new premises in Holland Park, west London.

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Books and photos boom but ephemera fairs down in number

26 February 2024

Themed fairs are an added reason to head for Etc Fairs’ events held in London at the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury WC1.

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Photo collection offers huge mix of eclectic subjects

22 January 2024

A huge collection of black and white, celluloid negatives was described by the Lincoln auction house that offered them as a ‘magnificent, massive, eclectic mix of subjects’.

Kodak No 1 camera

Early Kodak camera discovery leads to unexpected development

08 January 2024

The story of how a camera collector made an intriguing discovery after buying a very early Kodak camera

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Faces of crime: mugshots reveal minor offenders

08 January 2024

These days you have to pay for the privilege of spending the night at the former House of Correction in Folkingham, Lincolnshire.

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Mapplethorpe without the whips

02 January 2024

It’s Robert Mapplethorpe but not, perhaps, as you know him.

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Life of a debutante — and views of destroyed ships

02 January 2024

The handstitched booklet titled Balls & My Partners, 1844-1845 was written by Adelaide Horatia Elizabeth Seymour (1825-77) as she enjoyed the life of a debutante.

Florence Nightingale

The ‘final photos’ of Florence Nightingale

18 December 2023

A fascinating personal collection of items relating to Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) that sold in a south London auction included what are among the last photographs ever taken of her.

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Top stories this week including a dealer spotting a photo of his mum at an antiques market

17 December 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a dealer at Old Spitalfields Antiques Market being surprised by an early morning chance discovery.

A photo of Lawrence Prentice’s mother

Hang on… that’s a photo of my mum you’re selling

11 December 2023

A dealer at Old Spitalfields Antiques Market was surprised by an early morning chance discovery.

Terracotta dog

Pick of the week: Sculpture by 3D printing pioneer soars above estimate at Chiswick Auctions

11 December 2023

It was around 1860 that the trained artist François Willème (1830-1905) began to experiment with photography as a way to create sculpture.

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Yul Brynner behind the lens at auction in Vienna

20 November 2023

Spanning two sessions at Leitz Photographica in Vienna on November 24-25 are consignments from the personal collection of the late Yul Brynner (1920-1985) via his daughter Victoria.

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Dodgson photograph of Xie snapped up in the saleroom

13 November 2023

A photograph by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98) - aka Lewis Carroll - was among the highlights of Hindman’s (26/20/15% buyer’s premium) October 19 sale of Photographs from the Joe Baio Collection.

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