NEW YORK – Images by the world’s foremost photographers are presented in a Jasper52 online auction of vintage photogravures and photolithographs that will sell Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. EDT. Photographers whose work is offered in the 144-lot sale include Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Philippe Halsman, Cindy Sherman and Edward Weston. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
Most of the images in the sale are in classic black and white, while more than a dozen are in full color. Among the latter is a photolithograph by Ernst Hass titled Norwegian Fjord, which was taken in 1959. Austrian-born Hass (1921-1986) was a photojournalist and a pioneering color photographer. During his 40-year career, he bridged the gap between photojournalism and the use of photography as a medium for expression and creativity. Printed in Japan in 1988, the image carries a $125-175 estimate
Ansel Adams, America’s most famous landscape artist, is best remembered as a prominent figure in black and white photography, as well as an environmentalist. With his photos, Ansel emphasized clarity and the importance of sharpness in images. He was the founder of Group f/64, a group of seven 20th century San Francisco photographers sharing a photographic style characterized by sharp-focused and carefully framed images seen through a particularly Western viewpoint. His image titled Half Dome, Winter, from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California, 1940, is printed as a duotone photo litho (est. $275-$325).
Sebastiao Salgado (b. 1944) is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist who has traveled to over 120 countries for his photographic projects. His iconic and moving photos have been widely published and distributed in distinguished books and publications. Thanksgiving Prayer, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1980, is one of his two photolithographs in the sale (est. $150-$200).
Bruce Weber (b. 1946) is an American fashion photographer and filmmaker. He is best known for his various ad campaigns for major companies such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon and Versace. His action shot of Garth, Chris, Hoyt and Rowdy, Upper St. Regis Lake, Adirondacks, N.Y., taken in 1987, is reproduced as a photogravure (est. $125-$275).
Elliott Erwitt (b. 1928) is an American advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings. A nice example of his work is ‘Texas,’ shot in 1962, and printed as a photolithograph in 1999 (est. $150-$200).
Four photolithographs by American photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) are offered in the auction. All are of her favorite subjects, inhabitants of New York City, are represented.
The Jasper52 auction of vintage photogravures and photolithographs will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, March 16.
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