These five iconic photographs capture the glamour of the fashion world from Coco Chanel to the ‘Big Five' supermodels of the 90’s. Explore these examples and more from A Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland Hirsch, which celebrates some of the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
From her sequin-filled cosmetics packaging to her artfully curated Instagram – a glittering amalgam of her 20-plus years beautifying the industry – Pat McGrath’s world is highly experiential. Her singular vision has been praised by Anna Wintour, who called her “the most influential makeup artist in the world,” and Queen Elizabeth II made her a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Intrigued by her innovative career and her Instagram feed’s archival images, Sotheby’s spoke with McGrath about the iconic photos in two upcoming auctions: A Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland Hirsch and Photographs (both 10 April, New York). “Beauty and fashion history influences my art in a major way,” the London-bred, New York-based makeup artist told Sotheby’s. Here, McGrath talks her viral cosmetics line, PAT McGRATH LABS, her passion for subcultures and unexpected sources of inspiration, and her memories working with Irving Penn, Steven Meisel and more fashion photography legends.
When asked for his advice on how to take pictures, Robert Frank famously replied: "Keep your eyes open. Don’t shake. Don’t blink.” Frank, whom The New York Times called "the most influential photographer alive," never blinked. This spring season, Sotheby’s Photographs auction will offer important early images by Frank, including those made in Peru and Paris during the late 1940s, as well as iconic examples from The Americans, Frank’s renowned book of 83 images published in 1958. Click ahead for nine images by the living legend. Photographs 10 April | New York
Celebrity haircolor authority Leland Hirsch was born into the beauty industry, but he has approached his work with the eye of an artist. “I came from a family who made hair-coloring products,” says the New York-born hair guru. “I wanted to color hair because I loved mimicking nature.” Since the 1970s, his collaborations with influential editors and photographers have appeared in top fashion glossies. Immersed in the world of fashion photography, Hirsch began to collect classic examples of the genre by the likes of Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, and later, the convention-defying work of Diane Arbus. Photographs from his encyclopedic collection will be offered in A Beautiful Life at Sotheby’s (10 April, New York). Ahead of the auction, Hirsch spoke with Sotheby’s about how collecting has expanded his own definition of beauty, the challenge of difficult images and more.
On 18 March, Sotheby’s and Sentient Jet cohosted a preview of highlights from upcoming auctions across multiple categories at RM Sotheby’s Culver City offices. Sotheby’s watches and jewelry specialists were on hand to help guests try on pieces from the spring sales: Important Watches, Fine Jewels and Magnificent Jewels. Over brunch bites and mimosas, guests also admired photographs, including glamorous images from A Beautiful Life, and impressive automobiles by Porsche, Ferrari and more. Click ahead to view images from the afternoon.
Although photography is a medium that lends itself to multiples, occasionally there are chances to acquire completely unique photographs and photobooks. The upcoming Photographs sale in New York presents several works making their first appearance at auction as well as objects with extraordinary artist provenance. Ahead, our Photographs specialists select their favourite rarities on offer. Photographs 10 April | New York