Emily Bierman

  • Vice President | Head of Department


Emily Bierman joined Sotheby’s Photographs department in 2007. Ms. Bierman has been directly involved with the department’s numerous important single-owner collections, including The Quillan Collection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Photographs; Photographs from the Polaroid Collection; A Show of Hands: Photographs from the Collection of Henry Buhl; The Modern Image; The Inventive Eye: Photographs from a Private Collection; Robert Frank: The Americans, The Ruth and Jake Bloom Collection; and the record-shattering sale of 175 Masterworks to Celebrate 175 Years of Photography: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation. She has also contributed catalogue entries for lots in other Sotheby’s auctions, most notably the collection of photographs in the sale of The Jon Stryker Collection: Masterworks of European Modernism. As Head of Department, she is the lead business getter for the department’s biannual auctions. Her broad range of activity within the department also includes professional writing, research, and all aspects of auction estimate, fair market value, charitable donation, and insurance appraisals. 

Ms. Bierman has lectured on both the history of the Photographs market and on Contemporary color photography. Ms. Bierman is a graduate of Middlebury College, Vermont, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Architecture and in Film and Media Cultures. She is a USPAP compliant appraiser. 

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