Photography is at the heart of our visual culture and we get many requests to establish a rare photograph's value. As with other works of art - a high-quality and rare photograph's value can be quite high, fetching strong results at auction.
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When collecting photography, it is important to consider the rarity of an image. Because photographs can be relatively easy to replicate, it is necessary to determine what makes a photograph unusual before establishing a price. This could be the presence of hand colouring or darkroom manipulation or the fact that the image is part of a limited edition collection. Photographs made before 1950 are generally considered unusual, while photographs from during the early years of photography (1839-1900) are very rare and often unique. Older photographs typically have historical significance as well, making them attractive to historians and collectors.
If you'd like to get a photography valuation from our online specialist, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item.
Our photography expert graduated in 1984 with a Master of Fine Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1987-1989 he was a photography specialist at Phillips Auction NYC. As a photographer himself he specialises in architectural photograph with a list of clients that include New Times Magazine and Metropolis Magazine. In 1994 he secured a grant from the Graham Foundation to photograph Bronx Art Deco Architecture. Since 1989-2005 he has acted as a private photography dealer in New York City specialising in Performance & Conceptual Art Photographs with clients that include Metropolitan Museum of Art and SFMOMA.