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.

Cuthbert J Ottaway

Pick of the week: Signing the first England captain

11 September 2023

A timed online sale of sporting memorabilia that closed on August 27 at Graham Budd was topped by a photocard of Cuthbert J Ottaway (1850-78).


Picture a new way of exhibiting: Michael Hoppen moves to Holland Park

04 September 2023

Specialist who left Chelsea for a move across west London feels the existing gallery model is ‘tired’

Franklin daguerreotypes

Rediscovered images of the crew of Franklin's lost expedition come to auction next month

29 August 2023

Rare daguerreotype photographs of Sir John Franklin and his fellow senior officers of the ill-fated HMS Erebus and Terror have been rediscovered and will be offered at auction by Sotheby’s.

Naked Union soldier photo

Bare essential of early photography field

14 August 2023

Scenes of nudity in American Civil War photography are typically accidental or produced in field hospitals for medical study.


US photos vendor strikes gold with westward expansion

24 July 2023

Rather than the rich and famous it was this photograph of three haggard workers that caught the eye in a Cincinnati saleroom.


Huge archive of slides takes 40 times the top estimate

24 July 2023

Anyone sitting through a slideshow of images from an extraordinary photograph collection of Indian, south-east Asian, and Middle Eastern subjects sold in a US auction could be there for a long time.


Look at the big picture thanks to huge Leica dummy sales models

24 July 2023

Leica cameras of rather different dimensions to normal clicked into action at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).


Photographica: Double visions – stereoscopes

24 July 2023

An early version of virtual reality, the Victorian craze of stereoscopes is firmly in focus this summer


Sir Brian May: one vision

24 July 2023

Denis Pellerin, co-curator of the Brian May Archive of Stereoscopy (BMAS) and co-curator of the upcoming Watts Gallery exhibition, tells ATG about the collection


Your photo calling card: the carte de visite craze

24 July 2023

Just as stereoscope images became a Victorian collecting craze, another notable photographic fad of the era was the carte de visite


Stereoscopic viewer perfect for a sales drive

24 July 2023

Looking more like a sale brochure when unopened, the embossed front cover shown below in fact conceals a rare 1906 stereoscopic viewer.


Famous David Bowie bodysuit photos take centre stage

19 June 2023

These two archival prints of David Bowie dressed in a striped bodysuit he wore during the 1973 Aladdin Sane tour were part of Chiswick Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale of 19th and 20th Century Photographs on May 31.


The polar market explored

08 May 2023

Now hugely popular, this collecting field actually took many years to get going


Wilding portraits on offer in west London

01 May 2023

Two signed royal portrait photographs by Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976) will be offered at Chiswick Auctions.


Festive cheer from royalty

01 May 2023

This Christmas card sent by the royal family was offered among a small group of memorabilia at Keys (22% buyer’s premium) of Aylsham on March 29-31.


Royal role of pioneering photographer Wilding

01 May 2023

Pictured here is a signed photo-portrait of the 20-year-old future Queen Elizabeth II and her then 15-year-old younger sister, Princess Margaret.


Lewis Carroll’s ‘child friends’ photographs sell to French dealer

01 May 2023

A series of photographs taken by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98) – aka Lewis Carroll – has sold for £94,400 as part of a timed online auction at Sworders.

Francis Frith photograph

Three events to provide a snapshot of the vintage photographica market

17 April 2023

Collectors of photography have an eyeful next month in London with three fairs dedicated to the art, both vintage and modern.


Photo shows Gunners still south of the river

27 March 2023

With Arsenal still setting the pace at the top of the Premier League as we went to press, several lots offered at Graham Budd’s (24% buyer’s premium) sale on March 7-8 acted as a reminder of the club’s formative days.


A world coming into focus thanks to Negretti & Zambra

20 February 2023

Early stereoscopic images featured in the collection of a dealer curious about how technology transformed life in Victorian times



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