Be-Hold, a rare and vintage photograph auction company in New York, will be holding its 54th Exhibition and Auction at the Salamagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue @12th Street. The exhibition will be open on Friday Jan.22, and continue through Thurs Jan 28th.
Open Everyday 1pm-7pm
The auction covers almost the entire span of photography from daguerreotypes (21 lots from the early era including Southworth & Hawes, occupational and architectural) to smashing large fashion photographs by Cathleen Naundorf from the late 1990’s. There are just a few CDV’s (but one is an important 1865 portrait of Custer) and Cabinet Cards. There are photographs by Julia Margeret Cameron, Carleton Watkins, Rudof Eickemeyer, Clarence White, Doris Ulmann, Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand. Lola Alvarez Bravo, Horst, Cindy Sherman and others.
The main body of material consists of significant press and documentary photographs. There is a strong selection of crime-related press photographs from the 1930’s. There are two major collections of disaster photographs— a series of lots from the 1927 Mississippi River flood in Mississippi, including the “labor camps” for the black field hands who were conscripted to work on the levees, and a collection of 38 original press photographs of the Hindenburg Disaster. An interesting lot relates to the Scott South Pole Expedition.
There are vintage photographs by Robert Capa and others from the Spanish Civil War, and original Capa photographs of the Normandy invasion from WWII. Other WWII material includes press photographs by Steichen, and a rare group of vintage Soviet photographs from 1943.
In addition to the auction material, there will be two exhibits.
Photographers Danny Clinch, Brian Hamill, David Hume Kennerly, Ken Regan and Mark Sennet have each made special prints to be exhibited during the preview. These award-winning photographers have produced numerous cover photographs for magazines such as TIME, LIFE, PEOPLE as well as photo essays. [See the catalog or website for further information.] Their work deals with figures from politics, entertainment and sports. These and other photographs by these photographers will be offered for sale. There will also be additional press and documentary photographs for direct sale, which are not included in the auction.
On Saturday January 23d, at 3:00 pm (not Sunday as originally announced) Brian Hamill and producer Peter McIntosh will discuss photography on Hollywood film sets.
On Monday January 25th, at 5:00 pm, Brian Wallis, Chief Curator at the International Center of Photography will discuss “The Lost Suitcase of Robert Capa.” This will be followed by noted collector and author Dr. Stanley Burns, who will speak on press photographs related to crime, and altered photographs (subjects of two of his recent books.)
Curator, Larry Gottheim will give a presentation on highlights of the auction at 5:00 pm on Friday January 22nd, 4:00 pm on Saturday January 23d, and at 5:00 pm Tuesday January 26th.
One gallery at the Salmagundi Club will be devoted to an exhibit of over 30 photographs from the Floating Foundation of Photography. The Foundation had a workshop and gallery on a colorful barge on the Hudson River during the 1970’s. Supported by Lisette Model and Eugene Smith, it was a gathering place for innovative photography in NYC and for social outreach—it sailed up the Hudson to give photography workshops at Sing Sing and other institutions. The exhibit will include some wonderful rarely seen photographic works by Maggie Sherwood, the visionary force behind the Foundation. They will not be for sale, but one over painted photo collage of hers will be sold in the auction for the benefit of the Foundation.