Sotheby’s 15 May Photographs auction in Paris offers an exquisite selection of works ranging from 19th century Daguerreotypes to contemporary photographic oeuvres.
The undisputed highlight in the historic photography section is Gustave LeGray’s exceptional album of nine salt prints documenting the Salon de Paris 1852. One rare surviving copy is known to be in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay.
A group of portraits by Man Ray with the provenance from Sotheby’s 1995 Man Ray sale and an array of renowned images by André Kertész and Ilse Bing are ambassadors of modern photography. Fashion photography is prominently represented with Irving Penn’s Cocoa Dress, Peter Lindbergh’s portfolio Photographien, superb works by Horst P. Horst and Herb Ritts.
The section of American photography is headed by an impressive group of works by Walker Evans and Joel Sternfeld with McLean, Virginia an icon of New Colour photography.
The sale features an exciting contemporary section with spectacular works by artists such as Vik Muniz, Candida Höfer, Vanessa Beecroft, David LaChapelle, Nick Brandt, Massimo Vitali and record breaking Ahmet Ertug.