Monday Monday: Photo news – contemporary photography auction results, photo events and seminars

It’s Monday and time for a news round up. There’s auction results from Phillips de Pury & Company’s contemporary photography auction which I mentioned in a previous post, photomonth London has a photo fair taking place next Saturday (I will be selling HotShoe magazines and subscriptions), and there are a couple of photo seminars which may be of interest to freelance photographers.

Phillips de Pury & Company launched a new series of theme auctions of contemporary art and culture in London and New York over the summer. At the time, Simon de Pury, Chairman Phillips de Pury & Company said: “These sales will be ground-breaking and taste-making and be a great compliment to our core auction programme. Commencing with the first sale of the season, Now: Art of the 21st Century, in London on September 12, a further three sales will take place alternatively between New York and London… Now: Art of the 21st Century will offer the most exciting works of art, design and photography to be made since the Millennium and that will come to define our current epoch.”

I wrote a post about some of the photographs up for sale at the 26 September auction which also featured design, and contemporary art lots. Photographic works were listed in lots 1-82. From the results, which I looked through over the weekend, it looks like quite a few photographs are listed on the website as withdrawn/unsold. These include works by Simon Norfolk, Geir Moseid, Edgar Martins, Chris Steele-Perkins and Justine Kurland, which I mentioned in the previous post. However, there were some big sales – the top selling photo work was by Thomas Ruff which sold for almost £47,000.

To save time wading through the list of lots, I have picked out a number of works to give you an idea of the range of prices and the photographs which sold. The total sale for this three-part auction was £1,369,125 (inc premium). I have yet to ascertain what percentage of this total amount is made up of photographic sales.

Thomas Ruff, Jpeg wd01, 2005. C-print with Diasec face in the artist’s wooden frame. This work is from an edition of three.
Estimate £30,000-40,000. Sold £46,850. Provenance: Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich.

Michael Reisch, Landschaft, 7/016, 2008
Estimate £8,000-12,000. Sold at £20,000

David Lachapelle, Rize (Cover) , 2004 and Krumped House, 2004
Both estimate £7,000-9,000. Sold at £11,250

Eve Sussman, Girls at the Pool (photographic still from The Rape of the Sabine Women), 2005
Estimate £10,000-15,000. Sold at £10,000

Joël Tettamanti, Untitled Images (Archive n° 7688 and 7689) from Ilulissat, Greenland, 2008
Estimate £5,000-7,000. Sold at £10,000

Yann Gross, Avalanche 3 from Lavina, 2006
Estimate £2,500-3,500. Sold at £5,250

Chris Jordan, Recycling Yard #5, Seattle from Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption, 2003
Estimate £3,000-5,000. Sold at £5,000

Thomas Hirschhorn, Saddam/Schwarzenegger, 2004.
Estimate £2,000-3,000. Sold £4,375.

Bethany Murray, Untitled 2 from Avoided Spaces, 2007
Estimate £2,500-3,500. Sold at £3,125

Osama Esid, The girl with the silver shoes, 2006
Estimate £1,800-2,200. Sold at £2,250

Alejandro Cartagena, Rio No.10 from Lost Rivers / Suburbia Mexicana, 2007
Estimate £700-900. Sold at £875

Timothy Briner, Nathan, Boonville, North Carolina from Boonville, 2007
Estimate £500-700. Sold at £625

Just before the auction, a report in luxist, 25 September, Phillips de Pury breaks auction rules at london sale today, commented: “To navigate the severe auction market, Phillips de Pury has decided to stick with the ultra-contemporary market, but it’s restructuring, mixing contemporary art, photography and design – all of which are usually listed and sold separately”.

Go to oneartworld for a breakdown of the sales.


  • The F Words… Finance, Future, Folios – Essential Vocabulary for Emerging Photographers Facing Financially Challenging Times.

Cultivate: Opportunities for Emerging Photographers, Rhubarb-Rhubarb “offers the chance to hear great speakers and show your work to some of the hottest curators, gallerists and agents: just what your career may need. This event is aimed at emerging freelance photographers, graduates and students. If you’re at an early stage in your photography career, this event is just what you need to equip yourself with the know-how of what to expect out there as a photographer.”

The event takes place over two consecutive days at the London College of Communication. Friday 23 October 2009: Seminars 12 noon – 6.30 pm and Saturday 24 October 2009: Reviews 9.30 am – 4.30 pm.

Confirmed speakers and reviewers so far; Diane Smyth, British Journal Of Photography, Harry Hardie, HOST Gallery, Lauren Heinz, 8 Magazine/Foto8, Stefanie Braun, The Photographers’ Gallery, Susanna Brown, Victoria and Albert Museum, Germaine Walker, Photo Agent, Maak Roberts, Freelance Photographer, Louie Palu, Award-winning photographer plus many more.

£30.00 For one seminar session; £50.00 for two seminar sessions; £80.00 for two seminar and 3 portfolio sessions. All enquiries and bookings, please contact Rhubarb: Online bookings cultivate seminars. Tel: +44 (0)121 773 7889. e:

Friday 2 October, 2.00 – 4:30 pm. Turner House Gallery, Penarth, Wales.

Ffotogallery have teamed up with Skillset Cymru again for the second in this series of photography seminars, Survive and prosper. The seminar will deal with photographic copyright and licensing issues with Gwen Thomas, the Executive Director of Business and Legal Affairs from the Association of Photographers. Places are limited so book in advance. Tickets: £8 and £6 concession. Contact to book.

Saturday 10 October, Spitalfields Traders Market, London.

The Photomonth Photofair started out as a small affair in 2008 but this year, due to popular demand, the event is spreading across the Spitalfields Traders Market with stands and stalls run by photographers selling prints, galleries representing photographers, publishers, products and services, and a photo-bar on the photo-bus.

Exhibitors include The Photographers Gallery, Photobox, Rhubarb-Rhu barb, Trolley Books, Rocket, Photofusion, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Flowers, Next Level Magazine, theprintspace, Shoot Experience, The Renaissance Photography Prize, Contact Editions, Association of Photographers, Alaska Editions, Rapid Eye Darkroom, British Journal of Photography, Hotshoe Magazine, Photoworks, YELP, David Allan, Catherine Ames, Samuel Bedford, Silvia Boarini, Anne Clements, Holly Cocker, Eugemio Costa, Nadia Denton, Sheina Donaldson, Cordelia Donohoe, Mike Drummond, Michael Featherstone, Karen Grainger, Olli Hellmann, Tiffany Jones, Steven Joyce, Ulka Karandikar, Lisa Larsson, Zofia Laskowska, Leon Woolls, David Lewis, John Matthews, Amy Miedzwiecki, Elisa Pavan, Lydia Polzer, Julie Willaims-Krishnan, Joel Rosi-Schwartz, Agnese Sanvito, Valentina Silva, Raphael Silva, Emma Stack, Rebecca Tolhurst, Thodoris Tzalavras, Aysegul Wilde, Lee Williams, Ralph Withers and more.

For more information cont act Alternative Arts 020 7375 0441


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