Sotheby's April 2010 auction of Photographs comprises a remarkable selection of work, ranging from early American photography to masterpieces of modernism, to the gritty intellectualism of postwar photography and beyond.
Pristine in its account of its subject, Edward Weston's Nautilus is photographic modernism personified. László Moholy-Nagy's cameraless Photogram transforms a set of quotidian objects into a compositional tour-de-force. Bravura early prints of Julius Shulman's Kaufmann House, Palm Springs, Walker Evans's Alabama Tenant Farm Kitchen, and Margaret Bourke-White's Chrysler Building explore the different ways photographers and architecture interact. Robert Frank's view of a barbershop in South Carolina updates Walker Evans's vision to the postwar era.
The David Belcher Collection of daguerreotypes offers an unprecedented selection of these earliest of American photographs. A quarter-plate daguerreotype of Chicago from another collection is one of the earliest extant photographs of that city. These and other exciting photographic discoveries can be found within the pages of our April 2010 catalogue.