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As a leader in the field, the Photographs department at Phillips prides itself in having a solid grasp of the international Photographs market and the ability to cater to today’s ever-evolving collecting trends. With auctions in New York and London, our sales are distinguished for their balanced selection of classic and contemporary works. Indeed, over the years the Photographs department has achieved strong results across all genres of the medium, including works by 20th-century masters such as Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Erwin Blumenfeld, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as contemporary stars such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Peter Beard, Thomas Demand, Cindy Sherman, Andreas Gursky, Desiree Dolron, Thomas Struth and Edward Burtynsky. This range of material is further complemented by the recent, successful sales of private collections including Important Photographs from the Collection of Dr. Anthony Terrana; Property From a Distinguished California Collection; The Arc of Photography: A Private East Coast Collection; The Face of Modernism: A Private West Coast Collection; and Selections from The Thomas Walther Collection.

The Photographs department pursues and maintains solid connections with key figures in the market, from curators and collectors to advisors and dealers. Our ability to consistently produce top selling percentages, strong results and new world auction prices each season attests not only to the market’s growth but also to Phillips's commitment to offering only the best examples of the medium.

The Photographs department is jointly based in New York and London with additional representatives in Chicago, Paris and Istanbul. Our auctions take place in April and October in New York and in London during May and November.

Please contact our specialists for auction estimates and consultation.  View more

Vanessa Kramer Hallett
Senior Director and Worldwide Head, Photographs
+ 1 212 940 1243

Lou Proud
Head of Photographs London
+ 44 207 318 4092

Shlomi Rabi
Head of Sale New York
+ 1 212 940 1246  

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Photographs, New York
Auction 1 October 2014

Photographs from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, New York
Auction 1 October 2014

Photographs, London
Auction 18 November 2014