10 Best Photographs to Collect Under £10,000

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The Photographs sale on 19 May in London features a vast selection of iconic works with a strong emphasis on fashion and glamour. The diverse offering promises something for all, including the budding connoisseur. Click ahead to see 10 works with starting estimates below £10,000.

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19 May | London

10 Best Photographs to Collect Under £10,000

  • Tyler Shields, Three Witches, 2014. Estimate £8,000–12,000.
    To Tyler Shields, “a great photograph freezes time forever… I want to tell the story of a lifetime in a photograph”. The power of his works is the ability to make you think something new each time you look at a piece. Aged only 34 and already hailed as ‘Hollywood’s favourite photographer’, Shields turns the outrageous into chic and the fascinating into decadence.

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  • Helmut Newton, Mannequins, Quai d’Orsay, Paris, 1977.
    Estimate £10,000–15,000.
    At a time when fashion photography presented models as subservient, Helmut Newton altered gender roles, giving the female an abundancy of power, domination and control. The title of Mannequins, Quai d’Orsay may appear to present the models as simple, lifeless creations of perfection but the striking visual imagery he has created ensures that the models not only command the photo, they are the photo.

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  • Ormond Gigli, Sardinia, 1969. Estimate £3,000–5,000.
    Gigli’s vision as a photographer saw his works appearing in TIME, LIFE, Paris Match and many others. What is particularly captivating about his images is his ability to gain his subjects’ trust. Often to the backdrop of unusual settings, he was able to capture the natural beauty of his subjects whilst maintaining effortless glamour. This image shot in Sardinia is a prime example: not only does it capture the beauty of the model but also the splendour of Sardinia itself.

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  • Miles Aldridge, The Rooms #2, 2011. Estimate £8,000–12,000.
    As one of the most significant contemporary photographers, Miles Aldridge has the ability to create cinematic, alternative worlds that seep with grandeur. His The Rooms series changed what it meant for women to be domesticated, making this piece one of the most exciting to appear at auction. He commands the use of colour and vibrancy and embodies everything that is glamour, exaggeration and most of all, perfection. 

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  • Hiroshi Sugimoto, Stockholm City Library, 2001. Estimate £7,000–10,000.
    Hiroshi Sugimoto is known for his abstract work featuring Buddhist sculptures, theatres and architecture. His œuvre asks viewers to question the relationship between photography and reality. Stockholm City Library from his Architectural series achieves this precisely. Instead of photographing buildings to show their grandeur and details, Sugimoto blurred images in order to capture the mental image of them.

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