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Harold Edgerton: The Art and Science of Photography

by Miles Barth, Senior Specialist, Photography, artnet Auctions

Harold Edgerton, Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964Harold Edgerton, Bullet Piercing an Apple, 1964
Edward Steichen (American, 1879–1973), photographer and former director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, described the work of Harold Edgerton (American, 1903–1990) as significant not only for creating a new scientific perspective, but also because it established a new photographic genre. An electrical engineer, prolific inventor, and Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Edgerton used photography to extend the capabilities of the human eye to microsecond vision, revealing aspects of reality never before seen or even imagined. His impact on photographic technology and influence on photographers can still be seen in the contemporary sphere of photography. In 1931, as a graduate student at MIT, Edgerton combined the camera with the stroboscope, a device invented in 1831 for studying objects in motion. Edgerton’s device, which formed the basis for the development of the modern electric flash, emitted a series of high-speed bursts of light from electrically controlled neon tubes that could record on film a series of stopped-action sequential images. These extremely short flashes of light overcame the mechanical restrictions of the camera shutter, illuminating events or portions of events as brief as one three-millionth of a second in duration. This invention, states Edgerton, allowed “time itself to be chopped up into small bits and frozen so that it suits our needs and wished.”
 

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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, 1932
Gelatin silver print
17.8 x 11.9 in.
45.2 x 30.2 cm.
Est. US$16,000–20,000
€12,405–15,505
Current Photography Sale

Stopping Time: Capturing the Photographic Second
May 14–21

Demonstrating how photographers have captured time and examined motion throughout the history of the medium, Stopping Time: Capturing the Photographic Second features work by artists including Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Eugene Edgerton, Gjon Mili, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Matthew Pillsbury, Adam Fuss, and Ilse Bing. A highlight of the sale is Henri Cartier-Bresson’s iconic image,Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare (1932), estimated at US$16,000 to 20,000. Cartier-Bresson was the master at capturing what he called “the decisive moment,” and this particular image has often been cited as one that epitomizes his method of operation. In this photograph, Cartier-Bresson freezes the moment just before the man’s heel hits the puddle, with the man’s reflection mirrored in the still water below him.

 

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Andy Warhol, Sylvester Stallone
Andy Warhol
Sylvester Stallone, 1980
Polaroid
4.25 x 3.5 in.
10.8 x 8.9 cm.
Est. US$12,500–14,500
€9,635–11,175

Paul Strand, Wall Street
Paul Strand
Wall Sreet, 1915
Platinum Palladium print
10.13 x 12.63 in.
25.7 x 21.1 cm.
Est. US$20,000–30,0000
€15,415–23,110

Upcoming Photography Sales

The A-List: Portraits of Legends and Icons
May 23–31

The A-List: Portraits of Legends and Icons will feature iconic prints and photographs of the world’s marquee personalities by celebrated artists such as Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle, Annie Leibovitz, Albert Watson, Mr. Brainwash, Irving Penn, and Richard Avedon. Works in the sale will range in value from US$2,000 to over US$50,000.

DEADLINE TO CONSIGN
May 20, 2013

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Classics for New Collectors
June 5–13

Classics for New Collectors is an upcoming special sale of well-priced prints of collectible, classic photographs. The sale will include works by distinguished photographers such as Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Imogen Cunningham, William Eggleston, Horst P. Horst, Joel Meyerowitz, Irving Penn, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston.

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May 29, 2013

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Andreas Gursky
vs. S&P 500

Andreas Gursky (German, b.1955) is a photographer best known for his bold, detailed, large-format depictions of contemporary life. In the early 1980s, Gursky studied under Hilla and Bernd Becher, absorbing their systematic, documentary approach to photography into his own works. His style evolved in the 1990s to include landscapes and urban spaces characterized by anonymity and excessive, dizzying detail. Gursky has continually outperformed financial indices, including the S&P 500, earning returns of nearly 200% over the past decade. In November 2011, Gursky’sRhein II (1999) sold at Christie’s New York for US$4.3 million, making it the top selling photograph ever.

 

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Danny Lyon, Sparky and Cowboy (Gary Rogues), Schererville, Indiana
Danny Lyon
Sparky and Cowboy (Gary Rogues),
Schererville, Indiana
, 1966
Gelatin silver print
Stephen Bulger Gallery
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Stephen Bulger Gallery

Since opening in Toronto, Ontario, in 1995, Stephen Bulger Gallery has presented solo and group exhibitions featuring the work of historical and contemporary photographers, from across Canada and around the world. Showing primarily documentary, or information-based, photography, the gallery specializes in photographs that tell stories both large and small.

The gallery’s current exhibiton, The Bikeriders,showcases a selection of photographs by Danny Lyon, one of the most important documentary photographers and filmmakers to come of age in the 1960s. The exhibition chronicles the activities of the motorcycle world from 1963 to 1967, and is on view through June 15, 2013

 

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Imogen Cunningham
Imogen Cunningham
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Imogen Cunningham

Imogen Cunningham was the quintessential American woman photographer of the 20th century and an artist whose expansive vision created many great icons of photographic history. From her start in photography at the University of Washington in Seattle in about 1906, to her death in San Francisco in 1976, she devoted her life to the pursuit of her craft, participating in many of the trends and developments of half of the history of this scientific art. Her best-known signature images were made between 1920 and 1940, an exciting period of modernist imagery in America.

Excerpt from Richard Lorenz’s essay,
“Imogen Cunningham: The Modernist Years”

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Diane Arbus, Human Pincushion at a Carnival in His Silk Shirt
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Diane Arbus
Human Pincushion at a Carnival in His Silk Shirt, 1961
Gelatin silver print
9.45 x 6.25 in.
24 x 15.9 cm.

Sold for US$38,500 on April 30, 2013
on artnet Auctions

This very rare vintage print by Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971), Human Pincushion at a Carnival in His Silk Shirt (1961), was printed during the artist’s lifetime. Arbus is best known for her intimate photographs of individuals on the fringes of society, such as carnival performers and nudists. This striking portrait of a young man pierced by safety pins exemplifies Arbus’s body of work. This image had never been offered at auction before this sale, and this particular print was in a single private, west coast collection for over 40 years. Human Pincushion at a Carnival in His Silk Shirt was the star lot of our L’Enfant Terriblephotography sale, and artnet Auctions is thrilled to have found a new home for this rare work.

 

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MILES ALDRIDGE: I ONLY WANT YOU TO LOVE ME

Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY
Through June 29

EIRIK JOHNSON: BARROW CABINS

Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
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ELLEN VON UNWERTH

Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, NY
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I, YOU, WE

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
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International Center of Photography, New York, NY
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PROJECTS 100: AKRAM ZAATARI

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
 

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