Jocelyn Phillips has been appointed head of Bonhams new photographic department to be based in London.
A Cambridge Classics graduate she also has an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London (Institute of Archeology). The thesis for her Masters degree was on 19th-century photography and classical art, which was her introduction to the world of photographs.
Jocelyn joined Sotheby's Photographic Department in 2004 and by 2006 was acting head of department. In 2008 she was promoted to deputy director at Sotheby's. During her time there, in addition to the twice yearly various owner sales, she worked on the single-owner collection of Dr. William Ehrenfeld (19th-century photographs of India) in May 2005 and the prestigious final installment of the Collection Marie-Thérèse et André Jammes (part IV, held in Paris in November 2008).
This year she has been a nominator for the Prix Pictet (photographic prize for sustainability established last year by Pictet Bank in conjunction with the Financial Times. Earlier this year she made a presentation on the auction market for photographs at the Foam Museum in Amsterdam as part of the Foam Editions Collecting Photography program.
Matthew Girling, Bonhams European and Middle East CEO comments: "We are delighted to have Jocelyn join us to head up this exciting new development, a stand alone photographic department, which will help Bonhams to service the huge and growing interest in collecting photography."