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For the last 30 years we have been buying and selling original, large format, 19th century photographs. Our emphasis has been on ethnographic images from Japan, China, the Indian sub-continent and the Pacific Rim, and topographical emphasis on the same countries, with the addition to North & South America. For us, the most important thing is the image, not who took the photograph. If we know who the photographer was, then that is a bonus. Our general rule is to only buy photographs that we personally like and can live with for a lifetime. We have traveled extensively in the quest to find great images and welcome inquiries by email to antiqphoto@gmail.com. Our clients include major museums, universities and collectors from around the world. We hope you enjoy our website and invite you to contact us with specific inquiries. Ethnographic Photography eth·nog·ra·phy – a branch of anthropology dealing with the scientific description of individual cultures. During the 19th century photographers traveled the world to capture images of exotic lands and diverse people. The new medium of photography gave these adventurers the opportunity to bring back to their own lands, images that were indescribable unless you had something to show for it. Photography provided that opportunity. This replaced written descriptions and sketches with the truthful and unbiased eye of the camera. In this area of photography it is possible to see how individual cultures looked and lived. By studying these images we have a better knowledge of the journey taken over thousands of years, and how for some, nothing had really changed over the millennia. It was a great challenge to obtain many of these photographs. The photographers had to approach an often hostile group of people who had no understanding of the camera, or the ethnicity of the man behind it. Convincing the sitter that there was no danger or to keep perfectly still was often problematic. Payment of some kind may have helped, but this strange person hiding behind a cloth, crouched over a large box, talking in a strange tongue, did little to help allay the fears of the subject. Indeed there are stories of photographers who traveled to a remote location, never to be heard of again. There are other stories of photographers who literally purchased the subject for a few coins and after producing the image abandoned them. If it were not for these pioneering photographers we would have no idea how the people of the world looked a hundred or more years ago. Today we have nations of many ethnic backgrounds, but in simpler times of the 19th century, all of these peoples had their own ethnic identities. In our specialty of Ethnographic Photography our emphasis is on the disappearing people of the world, due to colonization and homogenization of nationalities. These images are as fascinating today as they were a hundred or more years ago, seeing the diverse cultures in their dress, tools, weapons, food and environment.
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Past Auctions from Antiqphoto

Waterfront, Praya Central, Hong Kong, c1865
Mandalay, Burma, the Queen's Silver Kyoung. c1880St. Basil Cathedral, Moscow, Russia. C1870
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Telescopes, Astrological Views
Industrial photo album of the construction of mineralUnique Industrial Album of Boeing Dash 80 prototype
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Etude Macabre by Francis Bruguiere, NYC. c1926
Place Clichy'  Vitrines exterieresOff to the Fishing Grounds, China
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New York City at Broadway near John Street. c1895
Boating on El Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c1890Three Brothers, Yosemite, California
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Fortifications & Canons on Mediteranean
Interior of a New York Food ShopYosemite Falls
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The Three Brothers, reflected, Yosemite, California.
Ute Indians, Utah. C1895New York City at Broadway near John Street. c1895
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Seascape Escape. c1920
Camps Bay, Cape Town. c1925Conspiritors. c1925
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Ruins of Martund, from the North-East. c1865
Srinuggur; A Merchant's House on the Marqual CanalKangra; The Golden Temple. c1864
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Load Test at Kerstelenbach Bridge, St. Gothard,
The River Wye at Hereford, England. C1865.Early Aviation - Ciplan H. Harman takes to the air.
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Pie Seller. Italy. c1865
Maharajah, India. c1875Embroiderers, Tonkin. C1875
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Agra; The Taj Mahal from the River. C1865
Agra; The Fort, exterior of the Zenana. c1865Benares; Vishnu Pud and other Temples near the Burning
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Industrial Photograph Album - Installation of telegraph
Photograph Album of France and EnglandPhotograph Album of California & Hawaii Sugar Company
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Two Samoan Chiefs amd a Wife, c1893
Natives of New Caledonia, circa 1880Divers removing falls at Queen's Wharf, Melbourne,
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Interior of Palace Hotel San Francisco decorated for
Yosemite Valley, California. c1900The Golden Gate from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco,
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Carved Mother-of-Pearl Shell from China
Exquisite Hand painted ivory boxChinese Embroidered Collar
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Full Plate Post Mortem Daguerreotype of a small child.
Agra - The Taj Mahal from the River. Circa 1865Chinese Poultry Seller. Circa 1865
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