Photographs

Photographs have existed in various forms from the daguerreotypes of the early 19th century right through to today’s development of digital technology.

London dealers P & D Colnaghi have been selling photographs since the 1850s while the first photographic auctions took place in London in the mid-19th century, and though slower to take hold in the US, Alfred Stieglitz established important photographic galleries in New York during the first half of the 20th century.

Some of the most collectable photographers include Julia Margaret Cameron, Ansel Adams, Cindy Sherman, and Irving Penn.


Historic venues host two fairs as London welcomes back in-person art and antiques events

30 August 2021

The grand surroundings of two historic central London buildings are ready to welcome the return of art and antiques buyers and collectors this autumn when two in-person fairs finally take place.

Photo journalism at forefront of new sale section

21 June 2021

Sworders’ next Design auction on July 13-14 is the first to include a dedicated section devoted to photography.

Sutcliffe photography medals back to Yorkshire

14 June 2021

A group of 56 medals awarded to pioneering photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (1853-1941) is heading back to the area he covered in his evocative images.

Photograph dealer Michael Hoppen moves from Chelsea after 37 years

07 June 2021

Photography specialist the Michael Hoppen Gallery is relocating from Jubilee Place in Chelsea, its home of 37 years.

Fox Talbot photography group makes record sum

03 May 2021

A group of nearly 200 early images and ephemera by the pioneering photographer William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77) more than quadrupled its lower estimate at Sotheby’s in New York.

Renowned Pre-Raphaelite beauty caught on camera

26 April 2021

Original photographs of a well-known Pre-Raphaelite beauty – the muse of William Holman Hunt and the mother of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell – sold for £2600 at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium).

Beaton photos flourish in the saleroom

12 April 2021

When Cecil Beaton photographed the Wyndham-Quin sisters in 1950, he chose to copy both the setting and poses used 50 years earlier by John Singer Sargent in The Wyndham Sisters.

Entertainment memorabilia: Cover stories

05 April 2021

The name Abbey Road has gone far beyond its significance as a smart street in north London thanks to renowned music studios and a seminal album

Obituary: photography collector Janette Rosing

22 March 2021

The photography collecting world has lost one of its longest established members, greatest advocates and one of its true individuals.

Astronaut Ed White photographed by James McDivitt in space.

Be over the moon with this dedicated auction

01 March 2021

When astronaut Ed White was pictured during the first US spacewalk it was not only the first still photograph of a human in space, but also the first taken by another human – James McDivitt. Up to that moment all images released were taken by television or monitoring cameras.

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Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

01 February 2021

Signed and inscribed Marilyn Monroe photo to 'Joe' poses an auction puzzler

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Rare view reveals Dum Dum, 1847

25 January 2021

The final part of dealer Jack Webb's collection displayed his passion for military photographs, especially daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and cartes de visite.

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Evocative rural photographs by PH Emerson showcased by Michael Hoppen Gallery

04 January 2021

'Coming Home from the Marshes', 1886, by pioneering photographer PH Emerson (1856-1936) in his series 'Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads', is among the works offered in a solo show on the artist at London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery until the end of this month.

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Warm idea in the frost

21 December 2020

‘Tis the season to indulge and give a little back and at James Hyman Gallery’s online charity sale you can do both.

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Plea to help find Spitfire pilot’s stolen photo

18 November 2020

A Spitfire pilot and his family are appealing to the public and the antiques trade to spot a stolen photograph.

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Corporate collection on offer to public

16 November 2020

Jackson’s is holding an auction on December 1-2 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, which will include more than 100 lots by Modern and Contemporary masters in a variety of media comprising primarily works that have been deaccessioned from a corporate collection.

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Paper view: 30 previews of books, prints, posters, ephemera and documents available at dealers and auctions

16 November 2020

The term ‘works on paper’ encompasses a diverse range of media from artist’s prints to posters, ephemera and documents. Pictured here, along with an array of books, is a section of items available to buy from dealers or bid for at auction.

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Photos commissioned by Queen Victoria come to auction

10 October 2020

An archive of works by photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson ((1838-1907), including those commissioned by Queen Victoria, will be offered at auction next week.

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Coronavirus: Paris Photo fair is latest French cancellation

30 September 2020

Paris Photo has cancelled its 24th staging, rescheduling it for next year.

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Behind the lens of African independence

28 September 2020

Until the process of independence began (starting with Ghana in 1957), photography in West Africa had been mainly a bureaucratic tool and was viewed with suspicion.

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