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

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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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Not Manet’s Type Sells at Skinner Auction

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Carrie Mae Weems’ Not Manets Type, 2001, a signed and dated print in an edition of 40 sold at Skinner’s auction of American & European Art for $ 1,400 (hammer price). Auction estimate $ 2,000-2,500.

Weems is known for her narrative’s on gender, class, race, and American history.  The photo-lithograph on paper measures 27 1/8 x 17 in. and numbered 13/40.

 

Skinner Auction Offers Chuck Stewart Photograph

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At the September 7th Skinner Auction (Boston, MA) of American and European Paintings & Prints, Lot 249, a photograph of jazz musician, John Coltrane, is estimated to sell for $800-1,200.

The photograph, John Coltrane, NYC, May 66, is by Chuck Stewart, a noted photographer of jazz musicians in the 1950s-1960s. The signed print, produced in 1995, is edition 8/100, and is unmatted and unframed.

Stewart is the 2009 recipient of the Milt Hinton Award for Excellence in Jazz Photography presented by the Jazz Photographers Association.  Stewart has photographed Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Betty Carter, among others.

Photographs Sale – Christie’s, April 5

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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

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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

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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

Elizabeth Sunday Photograph Sells at Eastman House Benefit Auction

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The stunning archival pigment print, Animus #3, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011, by Elizabeth Sunday, sold for $ 390 at the online auction benefiting the George Eastman House.

The benefit auction, both its live and online event, took place from the end of September until Monday, October 10th.  204 photographs from vintage photography to contemporary works were available for sale by famous and emerging photographers from across the globe.

Sunday’s signed print was valued at $ 3,000 and is #7 in an edition of 7.

Elisabeth Sunday, Animus #3, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011