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For the last 35 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 Our clients include major museums, universities and collectors from around the world. 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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Toronto, CA

Jan 31, 2022
Bid with confidence!
A perfect transaction in every respect. Thank you.
ENGLAND. Old Houses in Aldersgate Street, London c1879

Turlock, CA

Oct 23, 2021
Conscientious Seller w/Lovely Images
The photograph was accurately described and shipped promptly. An excellent seller and image!

Chicago, IL

Aug 27, 2021
Overall great auction house to work with. Honest, fair, and attentive.
VOGT, CHRISTIAN. Bianca. Limited Edition 2/21. c1980

Tualatin, OR

Jun 28, 2021
only one small oddity, the items were sent by standard post as instructed by the insurer. It arrived. So no issue. just a little nervous in the interim.
CHINA. Chinese Mode of Transport. C1865

S. Giovanni In Persiceto, IT

Jun 26, 2021
Fast delivery to Italy
A beautiful early football photo
Lower VI Football Team, Harrow School. 1884 - 1885

Juneau, AK

May 30, 2021
Very happy with my auction win!
I'm so very happy with my auction win-An absolute treasure!
Avenue near Lahaina, Maui. c1910

New York, NY

May 10, 2021
Fair price and great communication
pleasure doing business with Mr. Davis. The photos comes exactly as described, shipping is fast, packaging is nice, would definitely buy from him again.
INDIA. Group of Bhooteas, Darjeeling by Charles

Stranraer, GB

May 03, 2021
very fast delivery arrived safe and well packaged
RUSSIA. Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II on 26 May 1896

Past Auctions from Antiqphoto

Album of British Steel Chain Co. c1960
Keeping the Engines Running. c1950Silk-screen preparation.  c1960

The Era of Men, Women and Machines

May 31, 2018 4:48 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite, California. c1880
The Leaning Tower of Pisa. c1875Rare CDV of a Japanese Prostitute. c1870

Original Photographs - Opening bids $20 - $98

Apr 28, 2018 2:04 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Nude by Stanislaus Walery. C1920
Nude by Stanislaus Walery. C1920Bavarian Nude by F. G., Munich

Nude Photogravures & Variants

Apr 28, 2018 12:28 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Agra - The Fort, Exterior of the Zanana. c1865
Agra - The Taj from the Corner of the Quadrangle. c1865Delhi - Marble Screen in the Sumion Burj, Queen's Bath,

Original Photographs of Islamic Architecture

Mar 31, 2018 6:30 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Self Portrait of Clarence H. White with his Camera.
Hands. By  Germaine Krull. C1925.Hungarian Nude by Angelo, Budapest

Photogravures & variants 1900 - 1932.

Mar 24, 2018 2:04 PM EDT
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SchienenZeppelin - High Speed Rail Transport. c1931
Bank Vault Door, Berliner Bank. C1950Wonder Bread Co. Ruins, Long Beach Earthquake. c1933

Original Photographs $15 - $75 opening bids

Mar 21, 2018 2:18 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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French Nude Study. C1880
Etoiles et Beautes by Stanislaus Walery. c1925Hungarian nude by Prof. Josef Pecsi

Nudes - Photographs, Photogravures & Variants

Jan 02, 2018 3:30 PM EST
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Waterfront, Praya Central, Hong Kong, c1865
Mandalay, Burma, the Queen's Silver Kyoung. c1880St. Basil Cathedral, Moscow, Russia. C1870

Asia - Original 19th Century Photographs

Jan 02, 2018 1:51 PM EST
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Telescopes, Astrological Views
Industrial photo album of the construction of mineralUnique Industrial Album of Boeing Dash 80 prototype

Photograph & Sketch Albums +

Dec 03, 2017 12:20 PM EST
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Etude Macabre by Francis Bruguiere, NYC. c1926
Place Clichy'  Vitrines exterieresOff to the Fishing Grounds, China

Photogravures & variants 1900 - 1932.

Dec 01, 2017 12:20 PM EST
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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New York City at Broadway near John Street. c1895
Boating on El Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c1890Three Brothers, Yosemite, California

The Americas - Original Photographs Auction

Nov 05, 2017 11:50 AM EST
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Fortifications & Canons on Mediteranean
Interior of a New York Food ShopYosemite Falls

Original Photographs $10 - $25 opening bids

Oct 22, 2017 12:50 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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The Three Brothers, reflected, Yosemite, California.
Ute Indians, Utah. C1895New York City at Broadway near John Street. c1895

Beautiful America - Original Photographs

Jul 01, 2017 6:19 PM EDT
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Seascape Escape. c1920
Camps Bay, Cape Town. c1925Conspiritors. c1925

Pictorialism - Original Photographs

Jun 29, 2017 1:19 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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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

Fine Collection of 19th century photographs

Jun 02, 2017 5:20 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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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.

Original Photographs of Europe & Middle-East

Mar 18, 2017 6:11 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Pie Seller. Italy. c1865
Maharajah, India. c1875Embroiderers, Tonkin. C1875


Feb 03, 2017 3:48 PM EST
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Young Geisha with Elaborate Obi, Japan. c1885.
Partial photograph album of Martin & Osa Johnson inThe City of Srinugur, Kashmir. May 1893.

Photograph Albums, Collections & Stereo Views

Dec 04, 2016 4:27 PM EST
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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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

19th C. Photographic Masterworks of India

Oct 20, 2016 4:13 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Industrial Photograph Album - Installation of telegraph
Photograph Album of France and EnglandPhotograph Album of California & Hawaii Sugar Company

Photograph Albums, Autograph/Sketch Albums

Sep 24, 2016 12:38 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Two Samoan Chiefs amd a Wife, c1893
Natives of New Caledonia, circa 1880Divers removing falls at Queen's Wharf, Melbourne,

Photographs of South Pacific, Australia & NZ

Sep 17, 2016 1:07 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Interior of Palace Hotel San Francisco decorated for
Yosemite Valley, California. c1900The Golden Gate from Telegraph Hill, San Francisco,

America the Beautiful - Original photographs

Sep 10, 2016 9:51 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Carved Mother-of-Pearl Shell from China
Exquisite Hand painted ivory boxChinese Embroidered Collar

Asian & European Antiques and Collectibles

Jun 18, 2016 1:32 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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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

Photography Auction - mostly 19th century

May 14, 2016 4:20 PM EDT
United StatesIndio, CA, US
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Record Auction Results for Antiqphoto

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Samurai Warrior: Samurai Warrior. Good contrast and tonality. Photographer unknown.
Aug 25, 2018
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King, Siam. 1911: King Vajiravudh, Rama VI, Siam. C1911. Coronation of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI King of Siam in 1911. Taken onhis throne in the Royal Palace in Bangkok.` produced by the Ewing Galloway Agency c1925. 9.5
Feb 03, 2017
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Korean Court Lady, c1880: Rare photograph of a Korean Court Lady. C1880. Very good contrast and tonality. Unknown photographer. 5.25 x 4 in. 13.34 x 10.16 cm
Aug 17, 2019
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Czech nude by Frantisek Drtikol, Prague: Czech nude by Frantisek Drtikol, Prague. Photogravure from Natur und Kultur Das Weiss. 1925. 4.125 x 8.375 in.
Mar 09, 2019
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Male Nude by Grace Lamb. C1937: Male Nude by Grace Lamb. C1937. Sheet fed gravure from Hghlights and Shadows. 5.75 x 7.5 in. Reverse: Nude by Luba Lovitsch. 8.5 x 6.5 in.
Mar 09, 2019
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Turkish China Seller, c1870: Turkish China Seller, c1870. Carte de visite by P. Sebah & Cie, Constantinople. Fair - Good contrast and tonality. 3.5 x 2.125 in.
Mar 21, 2018
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Triangles by H. Richardson Cremer: Triangles by H. Richardson Cremer. From XXVI Salon International d'Art Photographie de Paris. 1931. 6.75 x 7.5 in.
Apr 05, 2019
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Chinese Beheading Pirates: Chinese Beheading Pirates. 3.25 x 5.375 (copy print)
Feb 08, 2019
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Photograph Album of France and England: Photograph Album of France and England. 96 photographs 3 x 4 inches. Album 9.5 x 11 inches
Sep 24, 2016
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