Photography’s greats on show in April 26 auction
NEW YORK – Images by Ruth Orkin, Annie Leibovitz and Jean Dieuzaide will likely earn top lot status at Jasper52’s Vintage Photoengravings and Photolithographs sale, which will be conducted on Tuesday, April 26 at 4 pm Eastern time. Also represented in the sale lineup are works by other legendary artists, including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Dorothea Lange, Man Ray, Walker Evans, George Platt Lynes, Horst P. Horst, Lucas Samaras, Lee Friedlander, John Everhard, Josef Pecsi, Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Terry Richardson, Linda McCartney, Jean-Francois Bauaret, Ralph Gibson, Margaret Bourke-White, Jim Marshall, Vasil Stanko, Jeanloup Sieff, Jean-Francois Jonvelle, Andre de Dienes, Bruce Davidson, Ruth Bernhard, Bruder Wagner, Heinz von Perckhammer, Rolf Tietgens, Wolfgang Suschitzky, Arthur Rothstein, Morris Rosenfield, Francois Robert, Wladyslaw Pawelec, Andre Ostier, Terry O’Neill, Nadar, Rudolf Muller-Schonhausen, Herve Lewis, Andreas Fux, J.H. Lartigue, Philippe Halsman, Alfred Gescheidt, Bill Emrich, Patrick DeMarchelier, Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt and Berenice Abbott, among others. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The first highlight of the sale comes from Annie Leibovitz (American, b. 1949-): a 1990 portrait of comedian John Cleese, taken for a London advertising shoot. The initial step on the road to the final image was Cleese stating he would like to hang upside-down from a goal post. Leibovitz countered that a tree might make for a better shot. Cleese is, of course, not literally dangling from its branches; a bit of finesse in the form of discreet stabilizers helped create what you see. The photolithograph in the sale was printed in the 1990s in Italy and carries an estimate of $50-$150.
Ruth Orkin (American, 1921-1985) was a filmmaker and photojournalist who was born in Boston but embraced New York City and made her home there. Her 1939 image View of Lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge captures a breathtaking cityscape in black and white. The sheet-fed photogravure was printed in the United States in the 1970s and is estimated at $50-$150.
Jean Dieuzaide (French, 1921-2003) might be most famous for his portrait of Salvador Dali that shows the artist with his mustache festooned with daisies, but he excelled at a form known as industrial photography. His 1959 image The Factories of Lacq is in this tradition. Offered in the sale is a duotone photoengraving of same, printed in France in the 1970s and estimated at $50-$100.
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