A generation ago the collecting market for photography was dominated by demand for the small number of surviving images from the pioneering years of the mid 19th century. Mediums such as the daguerreotype, the ambrotype or albumen, and salt prints (among the first commercially successful photographic processes) were the collecting zeitgeist. However, in recent decades the market has broadened substantially to embrace the more artistic works of 20th century photographers while also rewarding the masters of genres such as fashion photography and photojournalism. There exists too a quite different market for 19th century albums of topographical images and photo-illustrated books - particularly those taken in the Middle and the Far East and India that appeal to an international audience.
Sworders have sold examples of all of these works - including the 1992 dry transfer print of Genko Leaves by Irving Penn (American 1917-2009) for £61,000 in 2015.
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From the fishing village of Polperro in Cornwall to the mountainous landscapes of Wales and Cumbria, Sworders are pleased to be offering a diverse selection of watercolour paintings by the artist Ronald Maddox for sale in our forthcoming Paint.Print.Sculpt auction.
9 February 2024
With our 'Paint. Print. Sculpt.' Sale open for bidding, some of our team of Modern & Contemporary Art specialists share their top lots.
9 February 2024
John Barker’s passion for fairground horses, carvings and wagons started at a very young age, inspired by his grandfather who was well connected in the world of fairground operations. After the success of selling a small portion of his collection in 2018, Sworders are in position and ready to offer the remainder in a designated sale in spring 2024 - giddy up!
5 February 2024