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.


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Plea to help find Spitfire pilot’s stolen photo

18 November 2020

A Spitfire pilot and his family are appealing to the public and the antiques trade to spot a stolen photograph.

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Paper view: 30 previews of books, prints, posters, ephemera and documents available at dealers and auctions

16 November 2020

The term ‘works on paper’ encompasses a diverse range of media from artist’s prints to posters, ephemera and documents. Pictured here, along with an array of books, is a section of items available to buy from dealers or bid for at auction.

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Corporate collection on offer to public

16 November 2020

Jackson’s is holding an auction on December 1-2 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, which will include more than 100 lots by Modern and Contemporary masters in a variety of media comprising primarily works that have been deaccessioned from a corporate collection.

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Photos commissioned by Queen Victoria come to auction

10 October 2020

An archive of works by photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson ((1838-1907), including those commissioned by Queen Victoria, will be offered at auction next week.

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Coronavirus: Paris Photo fair is latest French cancellation

30 September 2020

Paris Photo has cancelled its 24th staging, rescheduling it for next year.

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Now available in 3-D: Parallax Stereogram comes to Cologne sale

28 September 2020

In 1902, American inventor Frederic Eugene Ives applied for a patent for his Parallax Stereogram.

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Behind the lens of African independence

28 September 2020

Until the process of independence began (starting with Ghana in 1957), photography in West Africa had been mainly a bureaucratic tool and was viewed with suspicion.

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Photographer Terry O’Neill put in the frame at Hampstead gallery

07 September 2020

Exhibition focuses on photographer famed for his celebrity subjects from musicians to actors

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Julia Margaret Cameron quartet was once part of a photograph album

17 August 2020

Pictured here are two of four photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79) sold via thesaleroom.com for £8000 by Duke’s (22% buyer’s premium) of Dorchester.

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Isle of Wight Festival remembered in photo exhibition for 50th anniversary

10 August 2020

During the third and final staging of the original 'Isle of Wight Festival' in 1970, photographer Charles Everest (1929-2015) was granted unrivalled access to the stage, documenting some of the biggest artists of the day as they prepared and performed.

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Churchill: if looks could kill…

06 July 2020

Though largely made up of books, the star turn in a US sale of 100 lots called ‘Churchill in Charge’ was a portrait by the photographer usually known simply as Karsh. The sale was inspired by the 80th anniversary of his assuming the office of Britain’s Prime Minister.

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Le Gray’s ancient and modern Paris comes to Berlin auction

29 June 2020

The sale of Selected Works at Grisebach in Berlin includes this early photographic view of Paris, taken in the 1850s by Gustave Le Gray.

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Schneider brothers take a peek into royal palaces

18 May 2020

Trudpert Schneider (1804-99), a Freiburg carpenter whose first brush with photography was to repair a broken box camera, is today deemed one of Germany’s most important daguerreotypists.

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Is this one’s best side? Rare portrait photographs of the Queen sold in Peterborough auction

04 May 2020

This set of nine portrait photographs of the Queen were those used to create Canadian bank notes in the 1960s.

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Plea to help find photographica collection put together over 45 years but now stolen

02 May 2020

A collection of cameras, photographs and accessories put together by a private collector for more than 45 years has been stolen from a storage unit in north London.

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German daguerreotypes in the frame at Chiswick sale

20 April 2020

Trudpert Schneider (1804-99), a Freiburg carpenter whose first brush with photography was to repair a broken box camera, is today deemed one of Germany’s most important daguerreotypists. The photographic firm he founded in 1847 continued under the management of his sons Heinrich and Wilhelm until 1921.

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Two very different Florence Nightingale letters for sale in UK and US auctions - plus dealer offers signed photograph

20 April 2020

One to a lord about an Ottoman sultan, the other asking for six eggs - two very different letters from Florence Nightingale have emerged at salerooms in the UK and US.

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Dealer launches selling exhibition in support of the NHS

04 April 2020

London’s James Hyman Gallery has launched an online selling show in support of the NHS.

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Rare photos of Alaskan ‘Gold Rush' bid to over 25-times estimate

23 March 2020

An album of 35 photographs relating to the Alaskan ‘Gold Rush’ of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries sold for £1900 rather than the estimate of £50-70 in a recent North Yorkshire sale.

Bristol April photo fair cancelled

09 March 2020

The second Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair due to be held on Easter Sunday, April 12, at The Royal Photograph Society’s headquarters in the city has been cancelled.

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