Alfred Eisenstaedt - Photographs Day Sale New York Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    The Famous Photographers School
    The FPS Archives

  • Literature

    Abbeville Press, Eisenstaedt on Eisenstaedt: A Self Portrait, p. 39
    Eisenstaedt, Eisenstaedt: Remembrances, p. 13

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Famous Photographers School was founded in 1961 as the foremost institution in America for teaching photography, then relatively nascent as a lucrative profession. Drawing from the undeniable
    star-power of ten of the most prolific and successful photographers at the time, the school purported to help its students “achieve professional-level skill.” An advertisement for the talented hub stated, “If you want success, learn from successful people.” And while the success of the photographers was without dispute, their strengths were varied, as evidenced by the solid body of work—from commercial to editorial—that each photographer had produced by then. The works offered in the following four lots reflect Alfred Eisenstaedt’s capturing of Post-War charm (lot 137); Avedon’s strength in studio portraits (lot 138) and his successful and rare experimentation with image manipulation (lot 139); and Philippe Halsman’s Surrealist flair (lot 140.)


La Scala, Milan

Gelatin silver print, mounted, printed before 1964.
13 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. (34 x 22.5 cm)
Lesson stamps on board accompanying the print.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $5,000

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Photographs Day Sale

New York 2 April 2015 10am & 2pm