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10 Tips For Collecting Fine Art Photographs

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, c. 1960, printed later, sold for: $7,200.

Photography offers an extraordinary variety of imagery often at a more reasonable price point than paintings and sculpture. If you’re a beginner collector or a seasoned one looking to explore a new art form, photographs are an excellent option and value.

#1 Put in the time

Spend time reading publications and online sources about photography.Read More

Abrams Original Edition Prints: Early Efforts to Promote Fine Art Photography Collecting

Arnold Newman (American, 1918-2006) Andrew Wyeth, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 1948, printed 1970s (Lot 101, Estimate $1,000-$1,500)

In 1972, the publisher Harry N. Abrams announced a program offering thirty limited edition black-and-white prints by ten eminent photographers. Each photograph (in editions of 99) was made from the original negative by the artist, assisted by a master printer from a custom lab. The photographers, representing a range of practices from photojournalism to creative photography, included Wynn Bullock, Eliot Elisofon, Ernst Haas, Philippe Halsman, Ken Heyman, Arnold Newman, Gordon Parks, Marc Riboud, Aaron Siskind, and Howard Sochurek.… Read More

Collecting Fine Art Photographs

Michelle Lamunière, Skinner’s Fine Photographs Specialist, contributed an article about navigating the world of collecting fine art photographs to the May 2015 issue of Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine.

“If you’re a beginner collector or a seasoned one looking to explore a new art form, photographs are an excellent option. Because it is a reproductive medium like printmaking, photography offers an extraordinary variety of imagery, often at a more reasonable price point than paintings and sculpture.… Read More

The Photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson

Cartier-Bresson had a lifelong love of art, literature, and travel. Like so many photographers, Cartier-Bresson’ interest in photography began in his youth with a Brownie box camera (I remember using my Mom’s Brownie when I was a kid). He had formal training as a painter, and studied with the Cubist painter André Lhote. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, life’s twists and turns took him to England and Côte d’Ivoire and eventually to Marseilles.