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Bonham's Holds Two-Day Auction Sale in London May 18 and 20

Bonham’s will hold a two-day auction sale of photographs ranging from daguerreotypes to the digital art at its refurbished 101 New Bond Street auction room on Tuesday, May 18th at 2 pm and Thursday, May 20 at 6 pm.

Drawing on the combined strength of the Bonhams Group of companies in London, San Francisco and Sydney this sale brings together iconic images by leading 19th and 20th-century photographers alongside works by major contemporary artists.

In addition to featuring a selection of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and early salt prints, the first session takes a thematic look at the 19th century with sections covering the Middle East, Antarctic and Mountaineering, the Far East, North America, India and Southeast Asia, Royalty and Politics, Military, British Topography, Lantern Slides and Stereoscopic views.

Another highlight of the first session is a unique group of images of Australian Aboriginals by German born photographer J.W. Lindt. Lindt asked local Bundjalung and Gurnbainggir people to come to his Grafton studio and pose with props he had gathered from various sources. The portfolios, which had different combinations from a stock of about 50 images, became the most widely distributed images of indigenous people in the 19th century. This collection is the largest privately held group of these Lindt portraits.

Session two will take place on May 20th and covers 20th-century photography.

This sale brings together a number of important private collections beginning with the property of the Estate of Arthur Goldsmith. The photographs in this collection were acquired by Arthur Goldsmith during his long career as an editor and writer on the art of photography. Goldsmith, who died at the age of 77 in 2003, had been an influential member of the photographic community throughout his life. This property features lots which include images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, W. Eugene Smith, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston and many other leading photographers. Many of these images bear personal messages from the artists to Goldsmith reflecting the esteem in which he was held.

Another significant property is from the collection of Richard King. In 1972 he established a prominent commercial gallery “The Print Room”, which operated until 1993. During this time he represented a select group of established Australian photographers and a number of emerging artists. He built up an outstanding collection of photographs, many now considered iconic images in the history of Australian photography. Included are major works by acclaimed Australian photographers Olive Cotton, Max Dupain, David Moore, Graham McCarter, Robert McFarlane, David Potts, Wolfgang Sievers and Henry Talbot. Helmut Newton who once shared a studio in Melbourne with Talbot is represented along with legendary figures in the history of fashion photography including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Horst P. Horst, Guy Bourdin and Irving Penn.

In addition to the Richard King collection and the group of works by Lindt, the sale features a group of 178 vintage photographs by Max Dupain tracing the building of the Sydney Opera House.

Australian photographers are extremely well represented with iconic images like Lewis Morley’s image of Christine Keeler from the 60s, Carol Jerrem's classic "Vale Street" from the 1970s. Other works by internationally acclaimed Australian contemporary photographers include Tracey Moffatt, Bill Henson, Patricia Piccinini, Anne Zahalka and many others.

The auction will also include other master photographers, such as Paul Strand, Brassai, Walker Evans, Man Ray and Robert Frank, to name just a few.

Preview dates and hours can be found on I Photo Central in the Calendar section under Auctions, or on the Bonham's website listed below.

For further information, please you can contact the department via telephone or email. In the UK and Europe, David Park, david.park@bonhams.com , +44 (0)20 7629 6602. In Australasia, Sandra Byron, sandra.byron@bonhams.com , +61 (0)2 9237 7311. In North America, Judith Eurich, j.eurich@butterfields.com , +1-415 503 3259.

Catalogues are now available and will also be available online at http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/wspd_cgi.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?screen=Photography .

Highlights For June Bassenge Photography Auction

The Spring photography auction at Bassenge in Berlin, Germany, will offer a wide range of photographs from the earliest days of the medium through to contemporary images. It will be held on Friday, June 11th at 3 pm. A catalogue is available in print and online at http://195.143.237.194/Bassenge/engl/Katalog.asp?SID=07321460&KAT=I .

The Spring photography auction at Bassenge has nearly 300 lots with a wide range of prints from the earliest days of the medium through to contemporary artists of today.

Images from the 19th-century feature: a large panoramic view of Rome looking over the Tiber River by James Anderson, early 1870s and other lots of large-format Anderson's of temples, palaces and the Coliseum in Rome; an albumen print by Thomas Houseworth of "San Francisco, from Sacramento & Mason Sts. looking North" (circa 1868) similar to the print by Houseworth in Bassenge's last auction; a rarity in the field of aviation, a photograph by Alex Krajewski of Otto Lilienthal flying one of his gliders near Berlin in 1893, three years before his death; and an anonymous hand-colored salt print of a cockatoo (1850s) from the collection of Augusta von Sachsen-Weimar (later the wife of the German Emperor Wilhelm I).

Other important 19th-century photographers represented in the auction include Edouard Baldus, Felice Beato, Bissons freres, Samuel Bourne, Adolphe Braun, Julia Margaret Cameron, Francis Frith, Andreas Groll, Wilhelm Hammerschmidt, Kusakabe Kimbei, Carlo Ponti, and J. Pascal Sebah and Joaillier. There are also several prints from the collection of the American Barbizon painter Charles Henry Miller.

Some of the images from the 20th century include: Ansel Adams "The Great White Throne, Zion National Park, Utah "(1942 / printed 1960s), (est. 20,000 Euro); two large, strong prints by Adolf Fassbender entitled Street scene in Frankfurt am Main, 1920s, and "Spring Brook Trail, New Jersey", 1932; a modernist image "Reflections and Mirroring", 1939, by William Keck, friend and colleague of Moholy-Nagy at the New Bauhaus; two very rare vintage Jazz photos showing Sam Wooding and his 'Chocolate Kiddies Orchestra' performing in Berlin 1928 (Wooding's band was the first all-black band to perform in Europe); two vintage prints by Peter Keetman described as a winter sunset with tracks in snow, 1955 and "Insects in Flight", 1980, an unusual abstract image; a gum-bichromate and platinum print by Heinrich Kühn entitled "Walter and Hanns Kühn (reading)", 1905c.

Also in the auction are works by Eugene Atget, Brassai, Marianne Breslauer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jewegeni Chaldej, Madame D'Ora, Frantisek Drtikol, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Wilhelm von Gloeden, William Klein, Lisette Model, Martin Mukacsi, Nicholas Nixon, Ruth Orkin, Renger-Patzsch Leni Riefenstahl, August Sander, Julius Shulman, Edward Steichen, Bert Stern, Josef Sudek and Andre Villers.

For further information including ordering catalogues and getting condition reports, and to make advance arrangements to bid during the auction, please contact Jennifer Augustyniak at Galerie Bassenge, Photographs, Erdener Str. 5a, D-14193 Berlin, Germany. Her phone number is +4930 893 8029 20; Fax: +4930 891 8025. She can also be reached by email at jennifer@bassenge.com .

Van Ham Holds Photography Auction This Week in Cologne

Van Ham's 232nd auction, which will focus on "Photography" will be held next Friday, May, 14 at 6.00 pm. The preview will take place from May 7-14. The auction can be viewed online at: http://www.van-ham.com/auktion/A232/auktion/000224/katalog_gb.html .

The photography auction contains more than 300 works of photography from the 19th through the 21st century.

One of the most prominent lots is a portrait of the painter Gustav Klimt, an original print taken by the Austrian photographer Moritz Nähr. A portfolio of Lucia Moholy includes 232 unique contact prints from 1932 and may possibly have been the draft for a book that has not been realized.

Beside important examples of American photography of the 1920s-40s, the auction features images by international well known German photographers, such as August Sander, Alfred Renger-Patzsch, Candida Höfer and Bernd und Hilla Becher.

For more information and to order catalogues, contact: Van Ham Fine Art Auctions, Schoenhauser Str. 10-16, 50968 Cologne, Germany; phone +49 221 92 58 62-0; email: info@van-ham.com .

Six New Special Exhibits On I Photo Central

You will find six new Special Exhibits up on I Photo Central, added to the other current 18 exhibits that were already on display. We have also continued to change images and add to our essays for all our Special Exhibits, so they are all worth another peek, especially if you have not looked lately.

"Bodies of Light: 20th-Century Female Nudes" is provided by Vintage Works, Ltd. The female body had long been used for artistic inspiration. From classic Greek sculpture to photography, artists have explored sensuality. The photographers represented in this portfolio range from the very well known (Karl Struss, Laure Albin-Guillot, Germaine Krull, Alfred Cheney Johnson, Ergy Landou, Jack Welpott, Elliot Erwitt and Frantisek Drtikol) to up-and-coming contemporary artists (Robert Asman, Ted Jones, Margaret Cressman, Paul Cava and Lynn Bianchi) to anonymous or nearly unknown creators.

The Special Exhibit "European Panorama & Mammoth Photochroms" has been created by Christopher Cardozo Fine Art. In 1889, brilliantly colored photographic prints made by a carefully guarded, patented Swiss process won a gold medal at the World Exposition in Paris. To a public familiar only with black & white photographs, these full-color prints were astounding in their day for their clarity and realism. Photochrom, a magic word that triggered in our grandparents a curious collector's zeal, as well as a strong yearning for faraway places, was developed in Zurich, Switzerland in the mid-1880s by the firm of Orel Fussli & Co. (Photoglob). Dated around the turn of the last century, these rare prints include grand scenes of Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Morocco, Italy, India, Austria and Belgium, and range in size from 6.5" x 17.5" to 16.5" x 20.5".

Just in time for the baseball season, Charles Schwartz, Ltd. has completely revised his Special Exhibit: "Great Sports Photographs". This is a diverse group of sports photographs from around the world, with a little something for everyone--from 19th-century prints and cased hard images to rare, Pulitzer Prize-nominated exhibition photographs by some of the greatest sports photographers (Frank Hurley, Bill Meurer, Charles Hoff) to stop action images by experimenter Harold Edgerton.

Vintage Works, Ltd. has also added two new Special Exhibits focused on individual artists: "Joel D. Levinson: An Independent Vision of the Human Condition" and "Ted Jones: Master of the Gum Process".

Levinson is a well-known photographer with several books and over 31 one-man shows to his credit. His work is in the collections of over two dozen major museums and institutions. As fellow photographer Lou Stoumen said of Levinson's work, "Levinson's sensibility is drawn to the human condition. He works in the great tradition of realist photography...His best pictures stick in the mind and are felt in the heart." The vintage work in this online exhibition spans most of Levinson's three earliest bodies of work, including images that he took at flea markets and swap meets all over California, "Black Market" (or Mass Media Series) and a series of still lifes. The images all exhibit his fine sense of ironic humor and warm sensitivity. The prints were all made in very limited amounts around the time he was shooting this material.

Jones might be called a renaissance man: he is an Emmy award-winning cinematographer and film maker, an accomplished sculptor (seven one-man shows, plus an invitation to demonstrate his skills on the White House grounds) and a freelance photographer with picture credits including Time, Fortune and LIFE magazines. Jones is currently working in 19th-century non-silver photographic printing processes, particularly the gum-dichromatic process. He has even applied modern computer technology to a number of these 19th-century techniques. A retrospective show of Jones' gum prints was curated by Leif Preus of the Preus Fotomuseum, Norway, and was exhibited throughout Scandinavia during a two-year traveling show. The work is simply astounding for its virtuosity. Jones often uses multiple color passes and an artist's brush (used to manipulate the image while still wet) to create images that often have more in common with fine art graphics than photography. Yet these images are still grounded in the world of the real, albeit often overlaid with a strong dose of fantasy. Jones often prints in large sizes (some larger than life-size) that are very rare for this medium, which has to be worked quickly before a print dries. His images range from urban landscapes that share much with Edward Hopper's desolate vision to portraits and nudes that that take as much from Demachy's classicism as from Nan Goldin's personal sociology.

Finally, Charles Schwartz, Ltd. has also put up another new Special Exhibit entitled "Vintage New York and Central Park Photos for Under $1,000". Well almost. Some of the images actually go up to $1,200, but who is quibbling when you can find such an interesting selection of New York City images for as little as $60.

You can see these fine new exhibits, along with 18 others at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase.php . We are constantly changing and updating these exhibits as we get in new items, so if you have not looked at them in the last few days, you probably have not seen a lot of the material on display even in the older Special Exhibits.

Special Spring Clearance Sale Continues On I Photo Central; Over 200 New Images Posted On Web Site

You can now see a Special Spring Clearance sale on I Photo Central brought to you by our photography dealers. These items are available at special sale prices (from 20 to over 60% off the regular list price) for only a limited time, from now until only June 21st. Many of the items regular list prices were reduced earlier by over 20%, so the actual net reductions may be well over 40% to 80% in many instances. These are all final prices, so no other discounts apply. Shipping/insurance may also be added. After June 21st prices will revert on these items to the original list price.

There are some great deals, so check them out soon at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/sale/sale.php .

If you want to do further sorts on the sale list, you can go to the Search Images page at http://www.iphotocentral.com/search/search.php and put SpringClearanceSale2 into the key word field. Then you can also use the other search fields, such as price range, country, etc. When you have all your choices made, simply hit the Search button (not the Show All Images button). When you put in the key word, you must have the capital letters in properly and no space between the words or the number "1". Also make sure you do not have any extra space after the key word. This way if you are bargain hunting, you can put in a range from $1 to $500, or if you want to focus on the top end, just put in a range from $1,000 (or $2,500 or $5,000) to No Limit.

Our dealers have posted up over 200 new images in the last month--many for the Spring Clearance Sale, so if you have not checked in the last few days, you have not seen everything.

Use Our Services For Condition Reports and Bidding Advice At Upcoming London and Paris Auctions

Just a reminder, I will also be attending most of the upcoming London and Paris auction events and would be happy to represent your interests there. We

usually preview and bid for clients, who arrange their payments and shipping with the auction houses directly (although we can assist here as well if you

require).

Our basic charge is 5% of the hammer price (about half the normal going rate) against a minimum charge of $250 in Europe. This minimum charge is in case you choose not to bid after our condition report and advice or are unsuccessful in your bidding. Only the 5% fee is charged if you are successful and the hammer price is over $5,000 in Europe. Believe me when I say that we have saved clients thousands of dollars in bad bids and have helped others attain top

pieces at auction.

Just call Lisa Brown at Vintage Works, Ltd. at 1-215-822-5662 to make arrangements; or call Alex Novak direct in Europe at +33-699606505, or, if in Paris, 0699606505.

I would also be very happy to meet clients while in Paris May 11-14 and then again May 25-June 8 or in London May 15-24. Please let me know immediately (I leave May 10) if there are any images that I should bring that I can show you privately. I will also be exhibiting a modest amount of material at the London Photography Fair at the Bonnington Hotel on Sunday, May 16th.

More News

SOTHEBY'S MAY MOVE…Sotheby's, after selling its building to RFR Holding, LLC last year to raise much needed funds, appears to be ready to sublet its space in that same building to a neighboring hospital, according to a column in the New York Post. Real estate columnist Steve Cuozzo reported that the company may now be looking at Time Warner's space at 75 Rockefeller Plaza. That location would make them neighbors of rival Christie's. But Cuozzo reported that Sotheby's is considering several options including relocating to space in the new Time Warner headquarter's building on Columbus Circle and remaining at their current location but in smaller space. After huge staff cuts over the last few years, the present space is just too much for Sotheby's.

ART WAR OVER VINTAGE FOTOS?…At least that is the headline in the New York Post article reporting that the son of photographer Ralph Eugene Meatyard is suing Howard Greenberg Gallery (their spelling of photos, not mine). The tabloid's William Neuman reports that the son is maintaining that after he broke off relations with Greenberg in 2001 and demanded the return of all the unsold prints, 897 vintage ones were missing from the returned inventory. The suit demands $7.5 million to compensate for the missing prints. According to the article, Greenberg responded, "It is not true at all. The Meatyards have misconstrued a lot of normal business…Invariably, we're working for years and years and I told them there may be a few mistakes, 10 or 20 printings that need to be resolved, but that's the extent of it."

ANOTHER PARTNER IS BOUGHT OUT AND PHILLIPS SHORTENS NAME…In March auctioneer Simone de Pury bought out the shares of partner Daniella Luxembourg in Phillips, de Pury and Luxembourg, which the pair founded in 2000. The new auction house has now been renamed Phillips de Pury & Co. Luxembourg has launched her own private art dealership, Luxembourg Art, and is also starting ArtVest, an art-investment company.