Swann has been producing their most interesting photo auction around AIPAD now for the past two years and this year's sale is no exception. Scheduled for 10:30 am on the Tuesday morning after AIPAD (February 19), this auction is the one to preview and be at if you have any money left over from AIPAD itself.
This time the sale features 100 very seminal and important images, including a half plate gold-mining daguerreotype, a unique version and a vintage print of Ruth Bernhard's Nude in the Box; Julia Margaret Cameron's Sir Galahad and the Pale Nun; Eugene Cuvelier's Glade, or Clearing in the Woods; Gustave Le Gray's Tombeaux des Mamelouks; Eugene Smith's Tomoko in Her Bath; another Alfred Eisenstaedt print of La Scala (which Swann set a record with a few auctions ago); a Frederick Evans' Study of Aubrey Beardsley; a stunning Double Locomotive Train on Mountainside in Cape Horn, CA by Carleton Watkins; two volumes of Frith prints of the Middle East (which Swann seems to do well with); Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother 1936, printed early 1960s; Cindy Sherman's Untitled (Black Bra, Film Still #6); Charles Marville's Cascade from his rare 1858 "Le Bois de Boulogne" Series; a scarce nude portfolio by William Mortensen; an early vintage print by Aaron Siskind (Tabernacle City #2); the very rare panorama--most panoramas have been broken up--of the Palace of the Governors at Uxmal by Desire Charnay; a portfolio entitled Photographic Atlas of the Stars with 180 celestial photographs by Johann Palisa and Max Wolf; two important vintage Alexander Rodchenko images; a rare and early paper negative and another positive of Agra, India by Dr. John Murray; Man Ray's portrait of George Platt Lynes; Edward Weston's Three Fish Gourds; Tina Modotti's Four Birds 1926 (a companion print to Weston's image); some excellent images of Italy by Carlo Naya, Bisson Freres and Gabriel de Rumine; and other very good images by the likes of Hill and Adamson, Lewis Hine, Capt. Frank Hurley, Adolphe Terris, Ansel Adams, August Sander, Alfred Stieglitz and Louis De Clercq.
Swann also offers a more reasonable 15% buyers fee than the next auction house's steeper buyers' commissions.
For catalogues or information, call 212-254-4710. Swann has also a new website at www.swanngalleries.com where you can order the catalogue or subscribe for the year.