Stieglitz photo-lit leads Swann December

NEW YORK — Swann Galleries’ auction of Photographic Literature & Photographs on Dec. 13, 2007 saw competitive bidding for desirable works of photographic literature and top-dollar results for photographs by important artists.

Early photo lit highlights included several editions of Camera Work, among them Number 36, with 16 photogravures by Alfred Stieglitz, New York, 1911, which brought $28,800, including buyer’s premium.

There were also many fine examples of Japanese photo books, such as Ken Domon’s Hiroshima, first edition, signed, Tokyo, 1958, $4,560; Domon and Shomei Tomatsu’s Hiroshimna-Nagasaki,Document 1961, first edition, 1961, $7,200; Daido Moriyama’s Karyudo [A Hunter], first edition, signed, Tokyo, 1972, $7,800; and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Theaters, special edition, issued with a signed photogravure, New York, 2000, $4,800.

The second section of the auction, which was devoted to photographs, saw a record setting price for Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Siphnos, Greece, silver print, 1961, printed early-mid 1960s, at $21,600. Other Cartier-Bresson highlights included Hyeres, France, silver print, 1932, printed early 1970s, $9,600, and Dance Hall, Soviet Union, silver print, circa 1948, printed early 1970s, $9,000.

Featured mid-century images were Ansel Adams’s portrait of Edward Weston, Carmel Highlands, California, silver print, 1945, printed 1974, $12,000; W. Eugene Smith’s Albert Schweitzer, silver print, 1949, printed 1960s, $11,400; Bourke-White’s Coney Island Parachute Jump, silver print, 1952, $12,000; and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s beloved image of Children at Puppet Theatre, Paris, silver print, 1963, printed 1980s, $29,400.

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