Top ten list from Sotheby's sale : 175 Masterworks to Celebrate 175 Years of Photography

United States, written by Stephen Perloff

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Lot 11 : Alvin Langdon Coburn. ‘Shadows And Reflections, Venice’ gum-platinum print, on a triple mount, signed in pencil on the secondary mount, titled and annotated '34' (circled) and with other numerical notations on the reverse, 1905 14 1/4 by 11 3/8 in. (36.3 by 29 cm.) Est. $350/500,000 - Sold for $965,000

Sotheby's sale of 175 Masterworks to Celebrate 175 Years of Photography on December 11 and 12 in New York realized a record $21,325,063, led by Alvin Langdon Coburn's Shadows and Reflections, Venice, at $965,000, and Alfred Stieglitz's Evening, New York from the Shelton at $929,000 — both well over high estimate. The sale attracted many leading dealers and collectors and the evening sale especially boasted the largest number of people in a New York photography auction salesroom in many years.

The Best of 2013 / 2014

France, written by Jean-Jacques Naudet

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Le Best of 2013 / 2014 L'Œil de la Photographie

This season has been an intense one. November is always a busy month, and the first three weeks of December have been no less hectic. So, our team will be on vacation from December 22nd to January 5th. During the week, we’ll be posting the most popular articles since L’Oeil launched in November 2013, and new portfolios will keep appearing every weekend.

Charlotte Abramow, Finalist
Picto Fashion Award 2013

Belgium, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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Bambi © Charlotte Abramow / Finaliste du Prix Picto de la Jeune Photographie de Mode

Charlotte Abramow met Paolo Roversi during a workshop at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2010. In 2011, after winning the audience award at a photography contest in Belgium, Charlotte Abramow shot fashion spreads, magazine covers (including for ELLE Belgium) and had other temporary exhibitions while still in high school. Now 20 years old, Charlotte studies photography at the Gobelins École de l’Image.

Orlan: L’origine de la Guerre
Orsay: Masculin / Masculin

France, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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L’origine de la Guerre, 1989 © Orlan

As part of the exhibition Masculin / Masculin at the Musée d'Orsay through January 2, 2014, is Orlan's work "L'origine de la Guerre." An interpretation of the famous 1866 painting by Gustave Courbet, "L'origine du monde," Orlan's 1989 version shows a man with his legs spread and an erection, reversing the iconographic roles found in the Courbet.

Death of Saul Leiter
1923 - 2013

United States, written by Jonas Cuénin

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Saul Leiter at his apartment in the East Village in May. © Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

The American photographer Saul Leiter died on November 26. He was 89 years old. Belatedly recognized as a pioneer of color photography, he began working in color in the 1950s, at a time when photographers swore by black-and-white. His efforts contributed to its eventual widespread use.

Sandra Calligaro
Afghan Dream

Afghanistan, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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Sparghai et sa famille passent un vendredi après-midi à Qargha, une base de loisir située à quelques kilomètres de Kaboul. Sparghai a 21 ans, elle vient d’obtenir son master en sciences humaines à l’université de Kaboul et elle est traductrice pour les medias occidentaux depuis quelques années. Sur une colline en contre-haut, Frough, sa cousine, mime la scène de Titanic avec son fiancé, pour la photo. Frogh habite en Allemagne ; comme chaque année, elle vient passer un mois de vacances à Kaboul, pour voir ses proches. Elle peut ainsi leur ramener des produits dernier cri. Kaboul, Afghanistan 2013. © Sandra Calligaro

The series Afghan Dream is a long-term project I have been working on since 2011. Having lived for several years in Kabul, I wanted to record the experience of daily life in the city through my eyes as an author. As a member of the Picturetank agency, my work has appeared regularly in the media. But with this work I took a documentary approach in order to show Afghanistan in ways rarely depicted in the news.

Daniel Morel Case
$ 1.2 million for the Getty/AFP infringement

United States, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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Joseph Baio (lawyer for Daniel Morel), Daniel Morel, Phyllis Galembo ( friend), and Emma James (Morel lawyer) outside U.S. Federal district court in lower Manhattan after the verdicts. 22 Nov. 2013, New York City. Photograph ©2013 Robert Stevens

At exactly 1:10pm on Friday November 22, 2013 In the shadow of City Hall, in lower Manhattan, in room 506 of the U.S. District Court for the southern district, a jury of 4 woman and 3 men returned to the courtroom where they had been instructed only one day earlier to decide whether Agence France Presse and Getty Images has willfully infringed the rights of photographer Daniel Morel and, if so, how much Mr. Morel should be compensated for their actions. 

Tribute to Kate Barry
by Renate Gallois Montbrun

France, written by La Rédaction / The Staff

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Selfportrait © Kate Barry

In 1996, I was particularly touched by a portrait of the actress Karine Silla in ELLE magazine. The photograph had been taken by Kate Barry, a name I had never heard. Thanks to Monique Kouznetzoff at the Sygma photo agency, I met her shortly afterward, and it was love at first sight.

The Death of Jean-François Bauret

France, written by Gabriel Bauret

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Jean-François Bauret

When Baudoin Lebon asked me to organize an exhibition on the Bauret family, we considered bringing the works together around the theme of the studio. The idea, for me, was to show the photographs Jean-François Bauret had taken at the end of the 1950s in the studios of artists our father used to visit. Now Jean-François is gone and I feel in some ways like a double orphan, since for me he was like another father, one who opened the doors for me into the world of photography.

Eric Johnson: Aaliyah
by Miss Rosen

United States, written by Miss Rosen

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Aaliyah © Eric Johnson

“If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy,” Aaliyah Dana Houghton knew, and so she spoke. She sang and danced too, more than a woman, you know. She was, she is, an eternal flame burning in memory of a woman gone too soon.