Photography

Photography auction

Lempertz, Cologne
31 May 2019

Patriarch of Photography

Heinrich Kühn
EDWARD STEICHEN

 

Estimated price:
€ 20.000 – € 30.000

Platinum print on Japanes paper,
22.6 x 28.9 cm (39.6 x 25 cm), 1907

 

From the past season:
Blithe Humour of the Everyday

Dr. Christine Nielsen on

Henry Wessel
ICONS

 

Estimated price:
€ 25.000 – € 30.000
Result:
€ 31.250

Dr. Christine Nielsen, Expert on Photography
T +49 (0) 221 925729-56 | nielsen@lempertz.com
(Teaneck/NJ 1942 – 2018 Point Richmond/CA), Icons, 1968-1989,
Portfolio of 15 gelatin silver prints 2017,
From an edition of 5

“A bodybuilder in his front yard, an advertisement for ice cream in no-man’s land, an abandoned telephone booth – the obvious and the superficial, the attributes of the everyday, people in strange places doing outlandish things beneath the blazing light of the California sun. The perfectly sharp, immaculately composed black and white photographs of Henry Wessel, co-founder of the “New Topographic” movement in the 1970s, depict the mundane world of American suburbia and its inhabitants with no sugar coating: Surreal and candid, without being moralising, with a good pinch of humour and plenty of empathy for his subjects. Looking at them one is amused to recognise oneself and the triviality of earthly life.”

From the past season:
Blithe Humour of the Everyday

Dr. Christine Nielsen on

Henry Wessel
ICONS

 

Estimated price:
€ 25.000 – € 30.000
Result:
€ 31.250

Dr. Christine Nielsen,Expert on Photography
T +49 (0) 221 925729-56 | nielsen@lempertz.com
(Teaneck/NJ 1942 – 2018 Point Richmond/CA), Icons, 1968-1989,
Portfolio of 15 gelatin silver prints 2017,
From an edition of 5

“A bodybuilder in his front yard, an advertisement for ice cream in no-man’s land, an abandoned telephone booth – the obvious and the superficial, the attributes of the everyday, people in strange places doing outlandish things beneath the blazing light of the California sun. The perfectly sharp, immaculately composed black and white photographs of Henry Wessel, co-founder of the “New Topographic” movement in the 1970s, depict the mundane world of American suburbia and its inhabitants with no sugar coating: Surreal and candid, without being moralising, with a good pinch of humour and plenty of empathy for his subjects. Looking at them one is amused to recognise oneself and the triviality of earthly life.”