A small collection of photographs depicting African-American history and culture were auctioned at Cowan’s American History Auction on Wednesday, June 24th. Of the selection that experienced sales include African-American Nanny and her White Charge, a sixth plate daguerreotype sold for $ 2,350, a bit below its low estimate of $ 2,500.
Female Slave and Child, another sixth plate daguerreotype, sold for $ 2,350, several hundred dollars above its high estimate. Wilson CDV of Savannah , GA, African-American Chimney Sweeps, sold for $470, below its low estimate of $ 600. Results include the buyer’s premium.
The collection of photographic prints and negatives produced by photographer and filmmaker, Gordon Parks, will be housed at the library of the State University of New York at Purchase. Currently held at The Gordon Parks Foundation, a division of the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation, the collection contains 4,000 prints and 20,000 negatives, as reported by The New York Times. The State University of New York at Purchase will make the collection accessible to the general public and scholars.
The Parks collection is accompanied by 100,000 images of the Civil War produced by Matthew Brady, Timothy O’Sullivan, and Alexander Gardner, as well as a collection of photographs by fellow Life magazine photographer, Ed Clark, all overseen by the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation.
Photo District News highlights the achievements of En Foco, a non-profit organization committed to exhibiting and publishing the work of photographers from diverse cultures. En Foco is celebrating it’s thirty-fifth year of support for diversity in the field.