Photographs at Bloomsbury Auctions, 2 April 2009

There was a tiny sampling of African diaspora photographs at the Thursday, April 2nd Bloomsbury Auction in New York; three out of 140 lots were available and all went unsold. The photographs are on the level of social documentary imagery, and are quite familiar to the general public (i.e. social or work program imagery, images of need, and non-Christian religious gatherings) seen on television, in magazines, and the daily press. They don’t suggest the rarity of fine art photography of the black image, which might explain the response they received at auction.

Lot #35 O. Winston Link (1914-2001) Lubricator Charles Wade attends to the rods of class E2A 578 at the lubritorium in Bluefield, 1955

(Estimate $3000 – $5000) unsold

Lot #62 Sebastião Salgado (b. 1944) The Journey of Hunger…Ethiopia, 1984-1985

(Estimate $3000 – $5000) unsold

Sebastião Salgado (b. 1944) The Journey of Hunger…Ethiopia, 1984-1985 13 gelatin silver prints.
Sebastião Salgado, The Journey of Hunger…Ethiopia, 1984-1985. 13 gelatin silver prints

Lot #63 Abbas (b. 1944), James Nachtwey (b. 1948) and Bruno Barbey (b. 1941)

Black Islam/Senegal, 1988; Kurds Flee Iraqi Attacks, 1988; Ayatollah Khomeini, 1986

(Estimate $3000 – $5000) unsold

Abbas (b. 1944), James Nachtwey (b. 1948) and Bruno Barbey (b. 1941) Black Islam/Senegal, 1988; Kurds Flee Iraqi Attacks, 1988; Ayatollah Khomeini, 1986 Nine gelatin silver prints.
Abbas, James Nachtwey and Bruno Barbey: Black Islam/Senegal, 1988; Kurds Flee Iraqi Attacks, 1988; Ayatollah Khomeini, 1986. Nine gelatin silver prints.
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