Fine photographs and photobooks with an emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We stock images by recognised masters such as Hill & Adamson, Roger Fenton or Julia Margaret Cameron as well as more eclectic examples illustrating the range of formats and processes used in the early years of the medium. This might include fine daguerreotypes, complete photograph albums, carbon or platinum prints by known or amateur photographers.
We are also interested in the work of early travel photographers, particularly those in the Middle and Far East. From later periods we hold work by British photographers specialising in fine art and documentary photography including Alvin Langdon Coburn, J. Dudley Johnston, Bill Brandt and Raymond Moore. We represent Roger Mayne's estate and Mike Seaborne.
SCOWEN & CO.
circa 1880s, printed 1890s.
Charles Scowen arrived in Ceylon around 1873 and was initially an assistant to R. Edley, the Commission Agent in Kandy before opening a photographic studio around 1876. By 1885 his photography firm had studios in Colombo and Kandy. Scowen was a later arrival to Ceylon than Skeen and his work is less...
New York, Light Gallery, 1976.
First edition, signed by Siskind on the front free endpaper.
London, André Deutsch, 1986.
First edition, group portraits ‘just slightly on the edge of logic’ – the Royal Shakespeare Company, the painters of the Forth Bridge, a kaffeeklatsch of Great Danes in a kitsch living room – taken on a super-large format polaroid camera.
Time in New England.
New York, Oxford University Press, 1950.
First edition; Strand’s images accompany historical texts selected by Nancy Newhall.
Dresden, VEB Verlag der Kunst, 1968.
First German edition of Living Egypt (1968).
A Retrospective Monograph. The Years 1915-1946 [and] 1950-1968.
New York, Aperture, 1971.
First edition, a fine copy of a monumental monograph.
STRAND, Paul, and Cesare ZAVATTINI.
Milan, Einaudi, 1955.
First edition, the fulfilment of the original vision of France de profil – here Strand documents the life of Zavattini’s home town of Luzzara in a photo-essay steeped in the engaged socialism of the 30s and in response to McCarthyism in the States.
Album of 21 silver gelatin prints relating to the construction of a new airport in Pape’ete.
Fa’a’a Airport, just outside Papa’ete on Tahiti is the only international airport in French Polynesia, built on reclaimed land on the coral reef off-shore. Its construction in 1958-60 was directly connected with the French government’s nuclear weapons testing programme in the region, but gave...
TALBOT, William Henry Fox.
The Pencil of Nature. New Introduction by Beaumont Newhall.
New York, Da Capo Press, 1969
Facsimile edition of Talbot’s classic collection of photographs from paper negatives, published in 1844. The 24 plates were reproduced from the best extant copies of the very scarce original.
Life at War.
New York, Time Inc., 1977.
No Man’s Land.
London, Chris Boot / Archive of Modern Conflict, 2005.
Fabrik. Ein Bildepos der Technik.
Erlenbach-Zürich, Rotapfel, 1943.
First edition, an iconic photoessay on man and machine in harmony, published in an industrially progressive (and politically neutral) Switzerland. ‘Tuggener moves effortlessly between large-format lucidity and grainy, blurred impressionism, in a book that is a decade ahead of its time’ (Parr & Badger)....
VAN MONCKHOVEN, Désiré.
Traité d’optique photographique comprenant la description des objectifs et appareils d’agrandissement.
Paris, Victor Masson et fils, 1866.
First edition. Van Monckhoven developed an optical enlarging apparatus which he patented in Belgium in 1863, and for which he later applied for patents in England and France. The innovation described in this work earned him the bronze medal at the Paris international exhibition of 1867.
Jeff Wall. Figures & Places. Ausgewählte Werke von 1978 bis 2000.
Munich, Prestel, 2001.
First German edition, simultaneous with the English edition.
Jeff Wall. Catalogue Raisonné. 1978-2004.
Göttingen, Steidl, 2005.
Under a Grudging Sun. Photographs from Haiti Libéré 1986-1988.
London, Thames and Hudson, 1989.
First edition, signed by Webb on the half-title – photographs of unrest in Haiti.
Los Angeles, Twelvetree Press, 1983.
First edition, signed on the title-page, Weber’s breakthrough publication, his signature style already well in evidence. Slick, in all senses of the word.
The Andy Book.
Tokyo, Shotaro Okada, 1987.
First edition, with the original Japanese translation booklet laid in – a pictorial celebration of the chiselled male in the person of the lightweight boxer Andy Minsker, whose interview text accompanies the images.
New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1989.
First edition, signed by Weber in black pen on the title-page.
Boston, Bullfinch, 1990.
First edition of Weber’s major work – all-American male nudes in all-American nature.