This week, the Big Apple is hosting a number of photography sales events with more than 1,400 lots being offered: Three at Christie’s on September 29, two at Sotheby’s on September 30 and two at Phillips on October 1.
If you want to get an idea of which artists are among the stars, the number of photos per artist offered for sales gives a rough indication of which artists are the favorites of the moment, as obviously auction houses try to adapt their supply to demand.
According to Artprice, in this season’s sales no less than 58 by Irving Penn, 31 by Edward Henry Weston and 29 by Ansel Easton Adams are up for sales. Additionally, Sotheby’s is devoting an entire sale to Weston with a collection of 548 photographs printed and signed by his son, Cole Weston (most printed between 1958 and 1988, none after 2003). The collection is estimated at between 2 and 3 million dollars.
Irving Penn was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn’s career included work at Vogue magazine, and independent advertising work for clients including Issey Miyake, and Clinique. He died in New York City in 2009.
Edward Henry Weston
Edward Henry Weston was a 20th-century American photographer. He has been called “one of the most innovative and influential American photographers…” and “one of the masters of 20th century photography.”
Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, and in books.