A WORKER BESIDE A SMELTER. 19 ½ x 15 inch toned gelatin silver print. The worker is separated from the smelter by a hanging chain. A black workman is barely visible at the top of the smelter. This photograph has more of an expressionist character than a documentary one. It is by the same unacknowledged artist. Excellent condition.
A MAN SEATED AT A STRANGE MACHINE. 19 ½ x 15 ½ inch toned gelatin silver print. The man is wearing a suit. He is management, not a worker. This is a daringly composed composition. I wouldn’t be praising these photographs just because I need to sell them. I know how good they are. Excellent condition.
A WOMAN AT WORK ON A SMALL PART. 19 x 16 ½ toned gelatin silver print. In contrast to the giant scale of the machines shown in several of these photographs, here there is delicate work that requires a magnifier and tweezers. Excellent condition.
TWO MEN AT WORK ON THE GIANT TURBINE. 19 ½ x 16 inch toned gelatin silver print. The tones are lighter than the others in this series, so the faces and figures of the workers are blank, giving this a ghostly character. Excellent condition.
No photographer is indicated, but these are obviously the work of an accomplished artist. Contact me if you need scans of those not presented here. $1500 (for all four)
TEN BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS BY VERITAS.
FIVE LOVELY MOVING PORTRAITS OF A GIRL. In two of them she is reading. 7 x 6 ½ to 8 ½ x 5 5/8 platinum prints on tissue, with a brownish tonality, tipped on to thin paper, on 16 x 11 inch sheets, with tiny carefully hand drawn credits to the Veritas Studio, Munich, 1911, on four of them. The mount is extended another 1 ½ inches in one. It has holes punched that held them in a decorative portfolio this is still intact. There is trivial damage to this extension, but not on the prints or mounts. The mount edges are very slightly rough, as made.
TWO PORTRAITS OF A BOY, her brother. Similar size, same process and format are as the previous. The mount has the ½ inch extension on the left, with the 3 holes for mounting. These are delicate close portraits, frontal and profile. Excellent condition.
THREE SELF-PORTRAITS OF THE MOTHER, the photographer Stephanie Ludwig. In one she is examining a photograph. The others are very slightly variant profiles, similar to the previous.
Ludwig, also known as Stephanie Held-Ludwig (1871 – 1943) operated a photography studio in Munich around the turn of the 20th century called Studio Veritas. I have only been able to find bits of information that I can’t authenticate. One source says she died in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. A terrific portrait photograph by her can be found at https://unregardoblique.com/2018/09/26/castaroundvintage-photography-by-stephanie/
She was known for photographing expressionist dancers. An example, in the very same format as the ones being offered here, can be found athttps://omeka.cloud.unimelb.edu.au/grainger/items/show/161I suspect she is not better known because her work was destroyed during WW2. $2000 (for all ten)
BARON ADOLPH DE MEYER, PORTRAIT OF HUBERT STOWITTS. PLATINUM PRINT, EARLY 20th CENTURY. 9 ¼ x 7 inch print on the original 16 x 12 inch mount, with De Meyer’s flamboyant signature on the bottom of the mount. The number on the verso is from the inventory of De Meyer’s widow Olga. Stowitts was a partner of Pavlova and became a major figure in the development of American ballet. The image should speak for itself. Fine condition. $2000
TOM LEONARD, “MILAN OHIO” 1944. 11 X 14 inch toned gelatin silver print on the original board mount. Signed, titled and dated on the mount beneath the print. His W. 56th Str. New York stamp is on the verso. This is a masterful rich evocative subject and a superb print. Leonard’s work appeared on the covers and in the pages of “House and Garden” magazine, during the period when Andre Kertesz and other great photographers also worked there. The print is excellent. $750
EDWARD WESTON, ROCK EROSION, POINT LOBOS. 9 5/8 x 7 1/2 inch gelatin silver print, 1930. Signed and dated on the bottom margin, right. Initialed “3/50” on the bottom left margin. In the 1930's Weston anticipated sales 50 prints of each subject, but rarely made more than 5. Titled "rocks - Point Lobos" in pencil verso. Weston continued to make photographs at this location. There is a slight horizontal scratch, slightly more than 1 inch, around the center of the print. It is only visible at a raking angle. This is otherwise a beautiful print. $2500
BRETT WESTON, FRAMED SCENE, PRINTED 1995. 10 5/8 x 13 ¼ inch gelatin silver print on a 15 x 18 inch mount. A view across the unpaved street from the framing of a house under construction. It was printed by Weston for the Aperture Foundations Exhibition “The Vogue of the Eye. Excellent condition. $900
BRETT WESTON “ASPEN TREE 1972, VINTAGE, WITH ORIGINAL ENVELOPE.
10 x 8 inch gelatin silver print, the title and date in his hand verso plus other notations and pencil measurements for publication. It came with the original manila envelope with his address stamp on recto and verso, with large technical notations by Brett Weston. He photographed the bold design on the bark, creating a richly textured abstract design. Fine condition. $400
BRETT WESTON, “GLENN CANYON” VINTAGE 1960. 9 ½ x 7 5/8 inch gelatin silver print on original 14 x 13 inch mount. Weston’s signature and date are in light pencil on the lower right corner of the mount. The falls in the background are seen through the twisted branches of the foreground tree. Excellent condition. $700
ANTONIO REYNOSO CASTANEDA. A peasant mother and child in a bleak landscape under a cloudy sky. 9 ¾ x 12 3/4 inch gelatin silver print, dry mounted, signed and dated 1976 in pencil beneath the print. These differ from Bravo's posed and surreal images. It gives a moody view of peasant life. Two short surface slits can be made out at the very bottom edge. The image is intact there and the print is otherwise fine. $1000
ANTONIO REYNOSO CASTANEDA. (1919 - 1996.) Rural scene with bulls and peasant. 8 1/8 x 11 ¾ inch gelatin silver print, dry mounted, signed and dated 1975 in pencil recto. Reynoso was a student and friend of Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Prints of his, including this subject, are in the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art and were included in an exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2012. The bulls look out. The peasant with his checkered shirt stands out from the rocks that make a wall with its crossed branch gate. Fine condition. $1000
GEORGE TICE, “Marie in Shower, Lancaster Pa. 1964” Printed ca.1964.9 3/8 x 7 ½ inch gelatin silver print, dry mounted on a 16 ¾ x 13 ¾ inch mount. It is signed on the mount beneath the print, with the title in pencil on the verso.
Tice's wife, Marie, filmed through a translucent shower door. This is a beautiful delicate print with pleasing tones from the dark hair to the white towel. Tice was an important photographer noted for his moody images from small town Pennsylvania. A rare subject.
Fine print. $1000
ABIGAIL HEYMAN (1942-2013) BRIDE AND HER MOTHER. 12 7/8 x 8 3/4 - inch image on 13 1/4 x 11 sheet, gelatin silver print ca. 1986. Heyman's photographs often deal with feminist issues. She became a member of Magnum. She is best known for "Growing up Female" (1974) but also published a book of photographs "Marriage in Modern Times" (1976) in which this photograph may have appeared. The juxtaposition of the bride and her mother is very suggestive. Signed in pencil on verso. $500
MEXICAN ORPHANAGE BY PETTUS KAUFMAN. 9 5/8 x 13 1/4 - inch matte toned gelatin silver print on a 20 x 16- inch board, signed recto, 1940's. Kaufman was an American photographer, many of his known photographs were made in Mexico. His photographs were part of an important exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art in 2016. Prints are the collection of the San Francisco and New York Museum of Modern Art. In the 1950’s he was Associate Director of the film WILLIAMSBURG RESTORED. This is a careful composition, with the image of the nurse and baby at upper right balancing the actual nurse and child in the lower left. The toy horses are appropriately Mexican. $600
SIGISMUND BLUMANN (1872 -1956) “THE LONELY ROAD” 1930’s. 10 ½ x 13 ¼ inches on a 16 x 20 mount “Lithochrome” print. Blumann had an important role in the instruction and promotion of California photography. He was editor of the major photography publication Camera Craft from 1924 – 1933, and later Photo Art Monthly. He was a fellow of the Royal Photograph Society. This is a fine example of his best work. It is reminiscent of photographs by Missonne. His process “ Lithochrome” may have been influenced by Missonne’s “Mediabrome,” though it is a quite different silver process, as some prints have some silvering in the dark areas. Characteristic of his presentation, a printed signature is on the recto. It has a decorative label on the verso giving the title. This print is tipped onto the backing. There is a slight tear on the right edge of the mount. The print itself is undamaged. $350
ED FEINGERSH, from “A Day in the Life of a Woman Doctor,” ca. 1940, 8 1/2 x 11 ¼ inch gelatin silver print on double weight paper. The verso has his stamp, his PIX credit stamp, and an assignment stamp for McCall magazine. Feingersh (1925 – 1961) worked for the Pix Agency on many projects. Among them were photographs of the Korean War and a notable series on Marilyn Monroe. He was known for his effective use of natural light. There are light stains on the verso, but nothing shows on the recto. Fine condition. $500
ILSE BING, “SOLARIZED CLOCKS PARIS” 1934, Printed 1984. 11 x 14 matte silver print, signed and dated in pen on the upper left corner. Also signed, titled, and dated by her on the verso in very light pencil. Fine condition.”$400.
ARTHUR ROTHSTEIN, ARTISTIC STUDY OF MOUNTAINS. 10 x 14 gelatin silver print, ca. early 1950’s. It does not fluoresce. His name and the exhibition number are on the verso, as well a light glue presence from a previous exhibition label, now lost. This differs from the many photographs of Western mountain landscapes, for example by Jackson, Watkins, Muybridge and others. It almost becomes an abstract image rather than a pictorial one. Fine condition. $450
LEANARD FREED, “1965 NEW ORLEANS, LA USA (JAZZ FUNERAL)”. 9 ½ x 14 inch image on 16 x 19 inch sheet, gelatin silver print, signed and titled on verso, with Freed’s Magnum Stamp and EARLY PRINT stamp and ‘Black in White America” (illustrated) and negative number. This is a wonderful example of Freed’s artistry, that needs to be looked at closely. Excellent condition. $750
NEXT AUCTION, COLOR. In addition to our usual offerings, I am seeking consignments of strong examples of color photographs, from hand-colored daguerreotypes and other early formats including salted paper and albumen prints. Also good examples of various color processes, including autochromes, experimental processes, strong examples of color carbro and dye transfer. I don’t want photographs that just happen to have or be in color, but are especially rich and beautiful because of it.
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