Modern and Contemporary Photography

Since 1998, Grisebach has sold selected photographic prints at auction, including important works from the history of photography and art photography. The spectrum of works offered twice annually in the auction “Modern and Contemporary Photographs” ranges from the innovations of the 19th and early 20th centuries to modern photography, including works by artists ranging from Karl Blossfeldt, Man Ray, August Sander, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston to contemporary works of international artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Special emphasis is placed on Bauhaus photography and the photography of the “New Vision” and New Objectivity movements. The artistic value of the photographs selected for the auction and the high quality of the individual prints as collector’s objects are valued by a large clientele that includes photography connoisseurs from across the world. This is consistently reflected in the high, often record-setting, prices at auction and the large number of works sold.



Diandra Donecker

Susanne Schmid

Highlights Auction October 2018

From our auction on 26 October 2018, 6 p.m.



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Thomas Struth

„Paradise 24, Sao Francisco de Xavier“ Brazil. 2001

C-print, Diasec. Estimate EUR 60,000-80,000

Man Ray

Mrs. Julien Levy (Muriel Streeter). 1945

Presumably Vintage. Gelatin silver print. Negativmontage. Estimate EUR 15,000-20,000

Robert Frank

“San Francisco“. Circa 1956

Vintage. Gelatin silver print. Estimate EUR 15,000-20,000

Max Vladimirovitch Alpert. Worker and Farmer. Design for: 'USSR under Construction'. Photomontage by El Lissitzky. 1932. Later gelatin silver print of a photomontage. Estimate EUR 3,000-5,000

Yumiko Izu. „Secret Garden # 10“ (Noir). 2004. Platinum paladium-contact print on Arches paper, 2007. Estimate EUR 2,000-3,000

André Kertész. „Paris“. Burleske Tänzerin. 1926. Gelatin silver print, 1970s. Estimate EUR 6,000-8,000

Inez van Lamsweerde. Kirsten, from the series „The Widow (Black)“. 1996. C-print. Diasec. Estimate EUR 8,000-10,000

Barbara Morgan. Martha Graham. 1938/1939. 2 Vintages. Gelatin silver prints. Estimate EUR 3,000-4,000

Thomas Ruff. Plakat III. 1997. C-print, Diasec. Estimate EUR 30,000-40,000

Alfred Stieglitz. The Terminal. 1893. Photogravure on Japan paper, 1911. Estimate EUR 4,000-6,000

Hiroshi Sugimoto. „South Bay Drive-In, San Diego“, from the series „Theaters“, since 1976. 1993. Gelatin silver print. Estimate EUR 15,000-20,000