In a shocking move, given the success of the Photographs Department over the last several years--and especially after the April sales (see stories below)--Phillips de Pury & Company has fired Worldwide Director of Photographs Rick Wester and New York Head of Photographs Lisa Newlin-Galeano. Both Wester and Newlin are highly respected and well liked in the photography trade. Reportedly, according to company sources, personality conflicts at the company may have been the reason behind what appears--at least at this time--to be a stunning corporate misjudgment and set-back for Phillips in this arena. You can almost hear the sighs of relief from over at Sotheby's and Christie's.
Charlie Scheips has been named to the position of Worldwide Director of Photographs and will assume his new role effective immediately. Scheips has been a freelance curator, art advisor, writer and cultural historian. Previously, he was the founding director of the Condé Nast Archive in New York for ten years.
Joseph Kraeutler, Phillips de Pury & Company's New York-based specialist with a particular expertise in contemporary photographs, will take on the role of Head of Photographs, New York and Genny Janvrin, who oversaw the company's first Photographs sale in London this June, will remain Head of Photographs, London.
From the selections, it looks like Phillips will focus more on just contemporary photography now.