Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Be-Hold (Auction #52: Oct 30, 2008)

Model of a Civil War Ship

Tintype, 1/6 plate
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim - Be-Hold (52 / 10)


Larry Gottheim (Be-Hold) has another auction coming up on Oct 30th, 2008 with many surprises in store so check out the full catalog at:


The 52nd Be-hold catalog/internet auction of photographs will take place on Thursday, October 30th, starting at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern.)

Appropriate to this dark time there is a large series of photographs dealing with 20th Century wars. Some of the material is very disturbing, yet these are powerful and revealing photographs that show how art and documentation are closely entwined. A major group of offerings deals with Vietnam, These are grouped almost year by year, from the end of the French involvement up to the aftermath in Cambodia. They are mostly period press photographs, with the original “slugs” attached that provide important contexts for the images. The photographers are often credited. Photographs by some of the major photographers such as Sean Flynn, Kyoichi Sawada, Philip Jones Griffith and Don McCullin are offered individually. The WWII photographs include a series of late war reconnaissance photographs used for bombing raids over targets in Japan, Groups of original German press photographs deal with ventures in Africa. They also show Germany’s connections with her future ally Japan. The group includes interesting aviation-related photographs, and scenes from the Russian front. A fascinating photo album is offered that was made from a wing section of a downed German fighter lane by a U.S. bomber squadron. There are also photographs from the Spanish Civil War, and grotesque images of Chinese beheadings, as well as unique photographs showing atrocities from the Japanese war in China before and during WWII.

From an earlier historical period there are a number of photographs dealing with American Indian culture during the period of Western expansion, with some fine portraits of prominent chiefs from the late 19th century. These include a beautiful hand-colored portrait of Geronimo by Erwin, several by F. A. Rinehart, and a fine tissue gravure by E. S. Curtis. Late 19th century and early 20th century American photographs include interesting Adirondack scenes by S. R. Stoddard, and lovely large albumen photographs of scenes in Saratoga. There is a Yosemite scene on boudoir mount by Carleton Watkins published by Taber, as well as a very rare important albumen print on a boudoir mount by Taber showing Chinese coolies embarking from a ship at San Francisco. A good selection of Northwest logging scenes by Darius Kinsey is also offered.

Early 19th century photography includes a select group of daguerreotypes and other early images, including a rare “ivorytype” by Germon of Philadelphia. An important group of cartes de visite is of Count Olympe Aguado and his family. Agaudo was the amateur photographer who first made small format photographs to be used as calling cards. The portraits are by Disderi, who commercially exploited that format. There are early salted paper prints by James Robertson and Robert MacPherson.On a lighter side, there are nude and fashion photographs by Germaine Krull, P. H. Oelman, Horst (and a related self-portrait by Dr. Agha), a touching portrait of Marilyn by Halsman (more personal than those more commonly offered.) Recent nude and fashion photographs are by Irina Ionesco, Jock Sturges and a striking “one of kind” Fresson print by Shiela Metzner. One of the principle offerings is a portfolio by Albert Watson, 12 nude photographs of fashion models made in 1977 in an edition of 12 for Watson’s favored clients.

Be-hold continues to present interesting photographs by major photographers, with works by Atget, Leonard Misonne, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Kertesz, Doisneau and others. There are portraits by Jesse Tarbox Beals, James Van Der Zee, Barbara Morgan, and a series of 1969- 1970 portraits of California photographers including Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Wynn Bullock and Imogen Cunningham by Joan Murray.

The catalog and web absentee auction will take place on Thursday October 30th at 2:00 (Eastern.) Subscription forms for the catalog, color scans and further information can be found on the be-hold.com web site or by calling 914.423.5806.

All those interested are invited to look over the material in NYC on Friday, October 24th, from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., on Saturday October 25th, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sunday October 26th, 9:00 a.m. – noon. The NYC preview will take place at the Affinia 50 Hotel, 50th

Street at 3d Avenue, with a reception on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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