Today, books illustrated with photographs are garnering a lot of attention.
Today, the collector community is global and, for the most part, fairly sophisticated.
The Internet has changed the auction business completely.
Photographers like William Klein and Robert Frank were very actively engaged in not only making the pictures for their books but sequencing the pictures and designing the final object.
Swann’s catalogues, which are accessible on our website just before each auction, offer an international roster of photographers.
Even though photography is incredibly popular today, in the 19th century and even into the 1960s it was ridiculed as an art form.
Needless to say, this didn’t stop artists from exploring photography as a form of self-expression.: Photobooks by master photographers are always very desirable, including Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Man Ray, and Walker Evans, for example.All the masters of 20th-century photography are associated with particular monographs and books, and those books are considered works of art in their own right.There are many photography collectors who are looking to purchase beautiful photographic prints to hang on their wall but who may not have any interest in illustrated books.Regardless of the area of interest, there are always different levels of collectors.Until that time, auctions dedicated to photography and photo literature were unheard of.