Sotheby's October 2010 auction of Photographs presents a range of photographic material encompassing work from the medium's earliest years, iconic images by the best of the 20th-century's photographers, and beyond. Rufus Anson's whole-plate daguerreotype of actors in Robert Macaire evokes the colorful principle characters in this most popular of 19th-century melodramas. An anonymous whole-plate daguerreotype of Two Couples in a Verdant Setting demonstrates how photography, even in its first decades, was thoroughly modern in its aesthetics. A fine selection of portfolios from Edward S. Curtis'sThe North American Indian features many beautifully rendered large-format photogravures of his most powerful Native-American portraits. In Edward Steichen's graceful and exuberant Wind Fire the photographer captures feminine elegance against the rugged setting of the Acropolis. In Still Life Composition, Man Ray arranges objects and his own artwork to create a surreal, obliquely personal self-portrait. Tina Modotti's Sugar Cane and Manuel-Álvarez Bravo's Los Agachados offer two vastly different - but both formally rigorous - views of Mexico. Edward Weston's Dunes, Oceano is an icon of photographic Modernism, while Robert Frank's view of McClellanville, S. C. (Barbershop) presents an altogether different type of American icon. Robert Mapplethorpe's Calla Lily captures the stylized form and beauty of the photographer's best work. More great work by these and other photographers can be viewed on-line in our e-catalogue, or within the pages of our printed catalogue.