The eleven following lots are part of a collection formed over the past 40 years by a private collector who has seeked only the most iconic images throughout the history of modern photography. Several of the works, including those by Cole Weston, Brett Weston, Barbara Morgan, Paul Caponigro and Don Worth, were purchased directly from the photographers in their home or studio between 1978 and 1980. Other works were sourced from galleries and auctions mostly at the end of the 1970s and early 1980s.
This rare group of photography has been carefully selected along with the owner of the collection in order to present to the Asian public some examples from key movements in the history of photography and the most important photographers of the 20th century. Brett Weston and Edward Weston's iconic images are perfect examples of the straight, sharp focused and realist photographs favored by the participants who were part of the f/64 group which aimed to depict reality without any manipulation of the subject. Such approach is a contrast from Caponigro's sensibility visible in his dreamy landscape and the beautiful movement visible in Martha Graham's dance by Barbara Morgan, the co-founder of Aperture – one of the most important magazines in the photography world.
This selection is however not just a catalogue of the best images from the history of photography: these images are sensual, intriguing and overall beautifully composed. They enrich the imagination of the viewer and are pleasure to the eyes and to the mind. By presenting these photographs in Asia the present collector wishes to draw the attention of collectors in the region to this medium.
André Kertész was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1894 and is today considered one of the seminal figures of photojournalism. Championing unorthodox camera angles and compositions, Kertész's ground-breaking works met resistance at first but soon gained international recognition and appeared in numerous magazines. Kertész career can be divided into four periods - the Hungarian period, the French period, the American period and the international period.
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