NEW YORK – Works by Ralph Eugene Meatyard, J. Walter Collinge and Aaron Siskind will likely earn top lot status in Jasper52’s Exclusive Photography and Prints auction, which will be conducted on Saturday, March 19 starting at 7 pm Eastern time. Other artists represented in the tightly-curated 50-lot sale include George Platt Lynes, Ruth Bernhard, Jose Alemany, William F. Simpson, Hector Cecchini, Rennie Weber, Mitchel Obremski, Nickolas Muray, the Harcourt Studio, William C. Odiorne, Petr Helbich, Ed Hayes, the A.N. Studio, Hortense Schulze, Kim Hanson, Edwin Avery Field, Norman Kulkin, Rovere Scott, Stanislav Dolezel, Don Longanecker, Maurice Goldberg, Martin Tarter, Norman Van Pelt, Sun Yee Lee, Jerry Stiles, Ray Hand, Trudy Jacobs, Jeri Lawson, and some whose names have been lost to history. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
First among the highlights of the March 19 Exclusive Photography and Prints auction is a gelatin silver print by Ralph Eugene Meatyard (American, 1925-1972), dubbed Untitled (Figure with Wall). Meatyard picked up a camera in 1950 as a 25-year-old proud new father who wanted to photograph his first baby. He and his wife Madelyn would ultimately have three children – two boys and a girl – and he included them in his works, but it’s unclear if the girl shown in Untitled (Figure with Wall) is his daughter Melissa. Taken in 1961 and printed in 1974, this particular example has a portfolio wet stamp on the verso, indicating the print was made at the Center for Photographic Studies from Meatyard’s original negative. It is estimated at $2,500-$3,000.
Another prize is a circa-1920s gelatin silver print carrying the title J. Walter Collinge: A Bit of China, and estimated at $150-$200. Based in Santa Barbara, California, Collinge (American, 1883-1964) appears to have been most active during the 1920s and 1930s. His lyrical, masterful images of California and its people earned him legions of fans.
The final highlight is a 1932 image by Aaron Siskind (American, 1903-1991) from his Harlem Document series, titled Harlem, Boy’s Head. The gelatin silver print is estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
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