50 Masterworks to Celebrate 50 Years of Sotheby’s Photographs

New York & London | April 12–22

T his April, Sotheby’s Photographs department marks its Golden Jubilee with a tightly-curated auction showcasing fifty iconic images by the medium’s most influential artists. The two-part sale in New York and London encompasses nearly 200 years of global photographic history, including superb examples by 19th century practitioners such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Carleton Watkins, Gustave Le Gray, and Peter Henry Emerson; prints by pioneering women artists Anne Brigman, Imogen Cunningham, and Lee Miller; modernist works by František Drtikol, Erwin Blumenfeld, and Edward Weston; exceptional post-war images by Robert Frank, Roy DeCarava, and Lee Friedlander; fashion photographs by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Peter Lindbergh; and contemporary masterworks by Sebastião Salgado, Richard Misrach, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Chris Levine, among many others. Each of the fifty photographs demonstrates – in its own way and for its own time period – a significant achievement in the history of the medium.

Auction Catalogues

Auction Highlights | New York

Auction Highlights | London

Works Available for Immediate Purchase

Exhibition Dates

New YorkLondon

Open by appointment

Thursday, 15 April, 10 am to 5 pm
Friday, 16 April 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, 17 April 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, 18 April 1 pm to 5 pm
Monday, 19 April 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, 20 April 10 am to 5 pm

Open by appointment

Friday 16 April, 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 17 April, 12 pm to 5 pm
Sunday 18 April, 12 pm to 5 pm
Monday 19 April, 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday 20 April, 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 21 April, 10 am to 5 pm
Thursday 22 April, 10 am to 12 pm

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