Discussion on the History of the Photography Market – 40 Years

The transformation of photography in the last decades is nothing short of revolutionary — and has been driven largely by the marketplace in art photography that began in the 1970s. This panel [presented at the April 2013 Association of International Photography Art Dealers show in New York City] explores the 40-year-old photo market with leading experts.

Speakers: Catherine Edelman, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago; Celso Gonzalez-Falla, chairman of the board, Aperture Foundation; Duane Michals, artist; Susanna Wenniger, senior specialist, photography, Artnet. Moderator is Jill Arnold, director, business development, AXA Art Insurance Corporation.

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Honoring Black Photographers during New York’s Photo Month – April 201

In preparation for next month’s photography fairs, exhibits, and auctions, African Diaspora Photography wanted to share information on some of the top black photographers in the photography market. The first is Carrie Mae Weems. In this video segment of Art21, Ms. Weems discusses the life blood of her photography work: narrative and storytelling.

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Photographs Sale – Christie’s, April 5

At the April 5th Christie’s sale of Photographs, nineteen out of 348 featured images of black people or of Latin America.  Several of the images were taken by such noted photographers of the 20th century as Manual Alvarez Bravo, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, and W. Eugene Smith, among others.  Lot 264 by Robert Frank sold for $ 434,500, Trolley – New Orleans, 1955 , a photograph featured in Frank’s famous book, The Americans, depicting a segregated trolley car.  Equally noteworthy is Frank’s Charleston, South Carolina 1955 photograph selling for over three times its high estimate ($182,500).  The total sale yielded $ 6,880,450 with buyer’s premium.

Here are the lots you should review.

#60: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Diego Rivera painting the River Lerma Well, 1951.  Sold for $ 9,375; Estimate $ 3,000-5,000.

#98: W. Eugene Smith, Nurse MidWife, 1952. Sold for $6,875;  Estimate $7,000 – $9,000.

#147: Irving Penn, Pila Pila Sisters, Dahomey, 1967.  Sold for $13,750;  Estimate $ 10,000 – 15,000.

#206: Irving Penn, Three Asaro Mudmen (New Guinea), 1970Sold for $92,500; Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000

Charleston, South Carolina, 1955

(Above) #263: Robert Frank, Charleston, South Carolina, 1955

Sold for $182,500; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

#269: Robert Mapplethorpe, Thomas, 1987

Sold for $8,750; Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000

#272: Robert Mapplethorpe, Grace Jones (Painted by Keith Haring), 1984

Sold for $27,500; Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

#278: Irving Penn, New Guinea Man with Painted-On Glasses, 1970

Sold for $26,250; Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

#279: Irving Penn, Tambul Warrior (New Guinea), 1970

Sold for $74,500; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

#283: Irving Penn, Nude 58, 1949-1950

Sold for $43,750; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

#314: Walker Evans, Street Portrait, Chicago, 1946

Sold for $30,000; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

La Buena Fama Durmiendo, 1930

(Above) #319: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, La Buena Fama Durmiendo, 1930

Sold for $8,125; Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000

#321: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Frida con Globo, Coyoacan, Mexico, 1938

Sold for $9,375; Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000

(Below) #332: Weegee, Easter Sunday, Harlem, 1940.  Sold for $3,750; Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000

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Photographs Sale – Sotheby’s

On April 3rd, Sotheby’s held a sale of Photographs which included images from the African diaspora. In this posting I am also taking note on the work of Latin American/latino photographers from the modern and contemporary era.

Margaret Bourke-White, Gold Miners, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1950

Lot #72
Margaret Bourke-White, Gold Miners, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sold $ 8,750; Estimate 10,000-15,000 USD

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
#94, Escalera Con Barandal: Sold $ 15,000; Estimate 15,000 – 25,000 USD

#95, La Buena Farma Durmiendo: Sold $ 15,000; Estimate 8,000 – 12,000 USD

#96, Los Agachados: Sold $ 8,125; Estimate 8,000 – 12,000 USD

Lot #132
Robert Frank, Belle Isle-Detroit
Estimate 20,000 – 30,000 USD

Lot #152
Annie Leibovitz, Evander Holyfield
Sold $ 3,750; Estimate 5,000 – 7,000 USD

Lot #168
Andres Serrano, Black Mary
Estimate 30,000 – 50,000 USD

The above reported sales are for hammer price with buyer’s premium.

Roll, Jordan, Roll Auction Results

At the February 28th auction of Fine Photographs and Photobooks at Swann Auction Galleries, New York City, two images were sold relevant to African diaspora photography.

Doris Ulman’s Roll, Jordan, Roll sold for $32, 000 (including buyer’s premium).  The well-known photobook was estimated at $ 20,000-30,000.  Roll, Jordan, Roll contains hand-pulled photogravures depicting former slaves and their descendents on the Gullah coastal region of South Carolina.

The same lot sold at Sotheby’s New York: Saturday, October 16, 2004 for $57, 600, and on October 11, 2005 for $ 26,400 (including buyer’s premium).

Roll, Jordan, Roll by Doris Ulmann
Doris Ulmann, Roll, Jordan, Roll, 1933. Photogravure.

Sotheby’s October 5, Photographs Sale

At the Sotheby’s Photographs sale on October 5th, there were a handful of lots which featured photographs of black people, or were produced by black photographers.  Among the 185 lots offerred were:

Lot 65: Henri Cartier Bresson

Easter Parade Harlem, 1947

Sold for 7,500 USD

Lot 72: Herman Leonard

Jazz Studies, 1948-1991

Sold for 28, 125 USD

Lot 113: Paul Outerbridge, Jr.

Sleepy Negro” 1924

Sold for 31, 250 USD

Lot 168: Carrie Mae Weems

Made for Him, Made for Her” 1993

Sold for 13,750 USD