Sound & Vision brings together works that use photography as a vehicle for creative collaboration. The sale begins with ‘Sound’ - Lots 1- 43 reveal the relationships between musicians and photographers on stage and in the studio, including Philip Townsend’s (1940-2016) iconic photographs of the Rolling Stones, views of the young Beatles by Terry O’Neill (1938-2019) and Michael Ward (1929-2011) and a selection of portraits of David Bowie in his various guises.
Lots 44-166 showcase the photographers’ vision beyond the darkroom and into the world of layout: the photobook. Featuring an array of rare, collectable, and signed titles, we are please to present a selection from the personal library of Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins (b.1947), including rare, signed copies of books by fellow Magnum colleagues – Henri Cartier-Bresson, Abbas, Harry Gruyaert, Martin Parr, and many others, along with Steele-Perkins’ personal signed copy of Chris Killip’s sought-after first edition of In Flagrante (1988).
Also included in this section of the sale, Lots 84-93 present a selection of incredibly rare and significant titles in the history of the Chinese photobook. From a private London collection, compiled with a focus on visual texts that demonstrate the evolution of photography’s role in the People’s Republic and the Cultural Revolution, this is a unique opportunity to acquire works cited by Martin Parr and WassinkLundgren in their seminal text The Chinese Photobook: From the 1900s to the Present (2015).