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

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PHOTOGRAPHIC LITERATURE & FINE PHOTOGRAPHS — Swann Auction, Thurs. May 14

Swann Auction Galleries will be selling 403 lots of photographic literature and fine photographs on Thursday, May 14th at 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Among the lots are African diaspora photographs by W. Eugene Smith, Roy De Carava, Moneta Sleet, Jr., Mario Cravo Neto, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The photographs are largely 20th century images of black life in urban centers (see lots 300/302/318) and black civil rights leadership (see lots 277/323/324 ). There is a moving “portrait” by Mario Cravo Neto, Ode, (estimate $ 3,000 to $4, 500) and a nineteenth-century carte-des-visite of Sojourner Truth “I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance.”

Roy De Carava’s work is represented by the sale of his book, co-authored with Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life (estimate $500 to $700), and a portfolio of 12 dust-grain photogravures entitled “Roy De Carava” estimated at $ 50, 000 to $70,000.

I encourage you to review the online catalogue.