Christie's offers 'exquisite' Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange photos in NY

Christie's New York will present two remarkable Photograph sales comprised of important works by eminent photographers such as Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank.

The sale takes place between October 6-7.

In addition to the various owners Photographs sale, Christie's is pleased to offer The American Landscape, Black and White Photographs from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman - the fifth auction of photographs from the illustrious collection.

The collection includes an exceptional selection of black and white prints with a traditional American focus. The October sales are expected to generate a combined $5.4-8m.

The Berman collection was first entrusted to Christie's in 2008, and has been the focus of four successful auctions over the last several years.


This fifth sale, on October 7, is a dynamic selection of vintage and modern prints with a uniquely American flavour reflecting the collector's distinct sensibility in forming the collection.

The Berman Collection is one of the largest and most important of its kind to have been amassed in the United States, with a depth of photographs by artists that figure prominently in the history of 20th century art.

This sale will be highlighted by important examples from pioneers of the medium such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Manuel-Alvarez Bravo.

Among the highlights is Walker Evans' Photographer's Display Window, Birmingham, Alabama, (estimated at $10,000-15,000), a unique and captivating image by the artist.

Taken through the glass of a rural photographer's display window, this photograph becomes a poignant composite of the American physiognomy and offers an intimate glimpse into the lifeblood of the American South during the Great Depression.


The sale will also incorporate a comprehensive survey of emblematic photographs, with an excellent selection of work from Dorothea Lange including: Funeral Cortège, End of an Era in a Small Valley Town, 1938 (estimated at $30,000-50,000).

Lange's other works include Alameda County Courthouse, 1955 (estimated at $6,000-8,000) and Robert Frank's Première in Hollywood, 1956 (estimated at $20,000-30,000).

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