I visit a lot of auction sites – both online and in real life, and one of my favourite for 20th Century Photography, Vintage Posters and more is Swann Auction Galleries in New York.
On February 15th 2018 they have an auction “Icons and Images: Photographs and Photobooks”. The list of Photographers represented is breathtaking in its scope – with many instantly recognisable big names and iconic images – from likes of Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansell Adams, Cindy Sherman etc etc. – the list goes on with over 300 lots for auction. Many of the images are instantly recognisable as iconic 20th Century images, but below I have picked a few of my favourites from the catalogue – most of which I havent come across previously. The first 2 here by ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ , the father of modern photojournalism, I think are simply beautiful.
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ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894-1985) Mondrian’s Glasses and Pipe, 1926 – Image via Swann Galleries NYC
ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ (1894-1985) Chez Mondrian. Image by Swann Galleries NYC
EDWARD WESTON (1886-1958) Eroded Rock 1930.Image Swann Auction Galleries New York
ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984) Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox. 1937. Image Swann Auction Galleries New York
ELIOT PORTER (1901-1990) Shade Tree in Bloom, Great Smokey Mountains. 1979. Image Swann Auction Galleries New York
ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984) Fresh Snow, Yosemite. 1947, Image Swann Auction Galleries New York
A mini-archive of approximately 40 photographs relating to renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Including photographs of the Guggenheim Museum, the Juilliard School, and “Falling Waters, 1930s-1980s. Image Swann Auction Galleries New York
Mini-archive with 13 rare photographs illustrating the immense power of the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests. Image Swann Auction Galleries NYC
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) In the Last Days of the Kuomintang, Peking. 1949. Image Swann Auction Galleries, New York.