John Szarkowski - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace-MacGill, New York

  • Literature

    Phillips, John Szarkowski: Photographs, rear cover and p. 75

  • Catalogue Essay

    Known principally as of the great curators of photography, and one of its most eloquent historians, John Szarkowski is inextricably linked to those photographers he championed, including Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, and Lee Friedlander among many others. But Szarkowski was also a highly skilled photographer whose patient devotion to craft and objectivity is evident in the photograph offered here and as Lot 203. As a young man he photographed architecture primarily, publishing The Idea of Louis Sullivan in 1956 which has since become a classic of photographic literature. In his later years, Szarkowski concentrated on the surroundings of his country home in upstate New York. Quiet and contemplative, these rural studies show a deepening of his understanding of the medium as a tool for visual representation that, through its fidelity, transcends the reality in front of the lens.

Transcendence: Photography and the Sublime


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Gelatin silver print, printed 2006.
9 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (23.8 x 19.1 cm)
Signed, titled and dated in ink on the verso.

$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $4,000

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New York Auction 14 October 2020