Photography

Contact Lindsey Stewart, Joanna Skeels or Donovan Rees

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.

  1. BENNETT, Terry.

    History of Photography in China: Chinese Photographers 1844-1879.

    London, Quaritch, 2013.

    This book is the first extensive survey of early Chinese photographers in any language. It is profusely illustrated with more than 400 photographs, many of which are published here for the first time, including a fine selection of Foochow landscapes from the studios of Lai Fong, China’s leading...

    £80

  2. C[OLOMBO]. A[POTHECARIES]. CO. LTD.

    Caryota Urens (Kitul), Botanical Study,

    circa 1880–90s.

    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...

    £250

  3. ESTRIDGE, Henry Watley.

    Six Years in Seychelles; with Photographs from Original Drawings.

    [?London: ?the author], 1885.

    First edition. Following a period in the army, Estridge (1837-1902) was appointed Collector of Customs at Mahé in the Seychelles (probably in 1880), and held the position until 1885, when he returned to England. In 1886 he took up the position of Receiver and Accountant-General, British Bechuanaland...

    £6000

  4. FRIEDLANDER, Lee.

    Photographs.

    New York, Haywire Press, 1978.

    First edition, the ‘social landscape’ 1962–76, on the occasion of an exhibition at the Hudson River Museum. Friedlander subsidised the publication.

    £350

  5. FRIEDLANDER, Lee.

    Like a One-Eyed Cat. Photographs 1956-1987.

    New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1989.

    First edition, Friedlander’s first major retrospective, covering thirty years’ work, to accompany an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum.

    £125

  6. FRIEDLANDER, Lee.

    Letters from the People.

    London, Jonathan Cape, 1993.

    First UK edition (simultaneous with US edition), an alphabet of found letters, followed by images of signage, graffiti etc.

    £125

  7. FRIEDLANDER, Lee.

    Stems.

    New York, Distributed Art Publishers, 2003.

    First edition, signed by Friedlander on the title-page. The more domestic successor to Flowers and Trees.

    £150

  8. HARRISON, William.

    The lazy Lays, and Prose Imaginings …

    A. D. 1877 (Popular Chronology;) A. M. 5877 (Torquemada;) A. M. 50,800,077 (Huxley.) … London.

    First edition, a presentation copy, of this eccentric collection of verse and prose by the photographer, spiritualist and journalist William Henry Harrison.

    £850

  9. HOMMA, Takashi.

    Tokyo Suburbia.

    Kyoto, Korinsha Press, 1998.

    First edition, signed by Homma on the inside rear cover; the text booklet, in Japanese and English, shows the locations of the photographs on the commuter rail-routes, plus essays by the architect Momoya Kaijima and the sociologist Shinji Miyadai.

    £800

  10. JACOBSON, Ken.

    Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography 1839–1925.

    [London], Quaritch, 2007.

    Profusely illustrated, this is the most comprehensive survey to date of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography of the Middle East and North Africa. Using Orientalist painting as a counterpoint, it primarily relates the extraordinarily rich visual documentation of the peoples and cultures...

    £60

  11. JACOBSON, Ken, and Jenny JACOBSON.

    Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin’s Lost Daguerreotypes.

    London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2015.

    The inspiration for this book was a remarkable discovery made by the authors at a small country auction in 2006. One lightly regarded lot was a distressed mahogany box crammed with long-lost early photographs. These daguerreotypes were later confirmed as once belonging to John Ruskin, the great 19th-century...

    £85