Sotheby’s 2017 May sale showcases some of the best emerging contemporary talents such as Alex Prager, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Pieter Hugo and Sohei Nishino, who has been nominated for this year’s Prix Pictet. We are delighted to be the first auction house to offer Nishino’s arresting diorama maps of London and New York for sale. In addition to supporting and promoting this younger generation of artists the sale is studded with a selection of early twentieth century gems: a stunning Paul Outerbridge colour carbro print, and works by Constantin Brancusi and photography pioneer Heinrich Kühn.
Featured in the sale are also well-known favourites Albert Watson, Irving Penn and Peter Lindbergh, whose iconic portraits have blurred the distinction between art and fashion photography and remain unceasingly popular in the art market. From a radically different fashion perspective is a December 1976 cover for French Vogue by Guy Bourdin. Amongst the top lots are Nick Brandt’s powerful African wildlife portraits, Peter Beard’s distinctive photo-collages, and striking nudes by František Drtikol and Robert Mapplethorpe.
With such a fresh and diverse selection of works, this promising sale spans genres and caters for all levels, from seasoned collectors to those investing in photography for the first time.