Martin Parr, West Bay, 1997 © Martin Parr

Anyone who loves photography will at some point have seen an exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery. Despite being currently closed to the public due to extensive renovation of its Ramillies Street site, they are still busy with countless projects, not least the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2011, which opens on the 5th April. Before this important event, and coinciding with The Photographers’ Gallery’s 40th anniversary, they are holding a Charity Auction which is designed to raise the final portion of funds to transform the Ramillies Street site. Incorporating three gallery floors, an education floor and improved Bookshop, Print Sales and a Café/Bar this is is clearly destined to be even more amazing than the original Photographers’ Gallery site in Great Newport Street, which closed in 2008. As mentioned, construction has already started on this project and the Gallery is due to reopen in Autumn 2011.

From the 12th February the public can view the works on sale for The Photographers’ Gallery Charity Auction at Christie’s South Kensington. Over 70 lots have been donated for the ‘Live and Silent Auctions’ with estimates ranging from £600 to £10,000. Even if sadly you’re not a well-heeled collector it’s still a fun opportunity to see a very diverse collection of photographs while inhaling the rarified air of an auction room. And if you do fall in love with a must-have print then hopefully it’s one of those at the lower end of the scale! Obviously for the serious collector it is the perfect opportunity to add to their collections, while getting feel-good vibes about supporting this latest state-of-the-art photography gallery in London.

There will also be a Silent Auction of more than 30 lots, which you can bid on during the viewing period, enabling collectors at every level to show their love and support for The Photographers’ Gallery.

From Helmut Newton to Rineke Dijkstra, Sebastião Salgado to Corinne Day, the work will reflect some of the amazing talents who have exhibited at the Gallery during its 40-year history. Many of those included, such as Lee Miller and Sally Mann, exhibited for the first time in the UK at The Photographers’ Gallery. Eighteen past winners and nominees of the prestigious annual Photography Prize have also donated works in recognition of the Gallery’s support of their work at pivotal times in their careers.

Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery said, ‘This is an exciting opportunity for us to raise the final funds needed for our new building. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the photographers and gallerists, as well as private individuals, who have chosen to donate works to the Auction. Their support demonstrates their enthusiasm to help us realise our vision to create a new home for photography in London.’

A series of free public talks by featured artists Simon Roberts, Rut Blees Luxemburg and Karen Knorr, as well as Gallery Curator Stefanie Braun will take place alongside the viewing. For details, see below.

Simon Roberts 1PM Tuesday 15th February 2011
Rut Blees Luxemburg 1PM Wednesday 16th February 2011
Karen Knorr 3PM Sunday 13th February 2011
Stefanie Braun 1PM Monday 14th February 2011

Viewing Dates: 12th – 17th February 2011
Live Auction: 8PM Thursday 17th February 2011

Location: Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Admission free

Words by Anna Bang

Corinne Day, Tara, Wales, 1997
Courtesy of the Estate of Corinne Day and Gimpel Fils, London

Jeff Wall, After ‘Landscape Manual’ 1969/2003 © Jeff Wall

Tom Hunter, The Vale of Rest, 2000 © Tom Hunter

E. O. Hoppé, The Strand, 1934 © Curatorial Assistance, Inc./E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection

Karen Knorr, The Blue Salon Louis XVI (3), Carnivalet, 2005
© Karen Knorr/Courtesy of James Hyman Gallery


Christie's, Corinne Day, Helmut Newton, Karen Knorr, Lee Miller, Rineke Dijkstra, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Sally Mann, Sebastião Salgado, Simon Roberts, The Photographers' Gallery,