Photographs

As a leader in the field, Phillips’ Photographs department prides itself on its ability to cater to today’s ever-evolving collecting trends. Sales are uniquely distinguished for their balanced selection of classic and contemporary works that achieve strong results across all genres of the medium, including works by 20th century masters, such as Man Ray, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, and Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as contemporary stars, such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Peter Beard, Cindy Sherman, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Desiree Dolron.

The quality of the works offered has resulted in setting over 100 world auction records for established names, including Helmut Newton, Nobuyoshi Araki, Erwin Blumenfeld, Richard Misrach, Adam Fuss, and Edward Burtynsky. Further known for introducing artists to auction, they hold the world auction records for Alex Prager and Ruud Van Empel.

Phillips’ various-owners auctions are complemented by successful sales of private collections, including Important Photographs from the Collection of Dr. Anthony Terrana; Photographs from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Selections from The Thomas Walther Collection. Additionally, in 2014 the London department launched "Ultimate", an innovative section in their various-owners auctions featuring exclusive works available only at Phillips.  

The department actively pursues and maintains connections with key figures in the market, from curators and collectors, to advisors and dealers. The department’s ability to consistently produce top selling percentages, strong results, and new world auction records, attests to their commitment to their clients, and to offering the best examples of the medium in their auctions. The department is jointly based in New York and London with additional representatives across the globe. Auctions take place in New York in April and October and in London in May and November.
 
For more information about buying or selling photographs please contact the department.

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News & Results

  • PRESS RELEASE: 17 January 2017

    Phillips is proud to announce three upcoming auctions of The Odyssey of Collecting: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation. Over 470 lots from this world-renowned collection of photographs will be on offer in an Evening Sale on 3 April and two Day Sales on 4 April and 3 October. Spanning three centuries of photography, the collection assembled by Joy of Giving Something’s (JGS) founder Howard Stein presents rare and unique works by true masters of the medium.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 13 January 2017

    Phillips is pleased to announce that Vanessa Hallett, Worldwide Head of Photographs, has been promoted to Deputy Chairman, Americas. The promotion reflects the extraordinary growth of the Photographs Department and its increasing importance to the company’s global growth strategy.

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  • PRESS RELEASE: 14 December 2016

    This winter, Phillips will present an exhibition devoted to the esteemed photographer Laura Wilson and her experiences in the American West. That Day: Laura Wilson, Pictures in the American West is a travelling exhibition comprised of eighty-two photographs that will be on view in Phillips’ Park Avenue galleries from 3 January to 9 February.

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News & Results

  • PRESS RELEASE: 17 January 2017

    Phillips is proud to announce three upcoming auctions of The Odyssey of Collecting: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation. Over 470 lots from this world-renowned collection of photographs will be on offer in an Evening Sale on 3 April and two Day Sales on 4 April and 3 October. Spanning three centuries of photography, the collection assembled by Joy of Giving Something’s (JGS) founder Howard Stein presents rare and unique works by true masters of the medium.

    Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE: 13 January 2017

    Phillips is pleased to announce that Vanessa Hallett, Worldwide Head of Photographs, has been promoted to Deputy Chairman, Americas. The promotion reflects the extraordinary growth of the Photographs Department and its increasing importance to the company’s global growth strategy.

    Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE: 14 December 2016

    This winter, Phillips will present an exhibition devoted to the esteemed photographer Laura Wilson and her experiences in the American West. That Day: Laura Wilson, Pictures in the American West is a travelling exhibition comprised of eighty-two photographs that will be on view in Phillips’ Park Avenue galleries from 3 January to 9 February.

    Read more

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Mert & Marcus: Works 2001- 2014

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