Photographs – Phillips de Pury, April 1, 2009

At the April 1st Photographs sale at Phillips de Pury New York, total lots sold for
$ 1,890, 875. Approximately fifteen out of 280 lots depicted images of the African diaspora or were photographed by black photographers. Some highlights include two works by African photographer, Seydou Keita which sold for $9,375 and $ 8,750, respectively.

Two great ladies, 1958 (Gelatin silver print)
Two great ladies, 1958 (Gelatin silver print)
Girl with purse, 1950s
Girl with purse, 1950s (Gelatin silver print)

Contemporary photographer, Carrie Mae Weems, was represented by a coupler print with sandblasted text on glass called You Became Mammie, Mama, Mother, Then, Yes, Confidant-Ha/ Descending the Throne You Became Foot Soldier and Cook from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995. The piece was estimated at $ $10,000-15,000, and sold for $ 20,000.

You Became Mammie, Mama, Mother, Then, Yes, Confidant-Ha/ Descending the Throne You Became Foot Soldier and Cook from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995
You Became Mammie, Mama, Mother, Then, Yes, Confidant-Ha/ Descending the Throne You Became Foot Soldier and Cook from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995

A jazz and blues portfolio by Lee Friedlander was estimated at $40,000-60,000 and was passed. The portfolio includes images of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Robert/Pete Williams, Joe Turner, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Milt Jackson.

Jazz and Blues Portfolio. New York: produced for Q.E.D. Editions, 1983. Seven dye transfer prints.
Jazz and Blues Portfolio. New York: produced for Q.E.D. Editions, 1983. Seven dye transfer prints.

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