A weekly recap of art world news.
Oldest Known Nikon Sells at Auction for $406,000
The third Nikon 1 rangefinder ever made is the oldest surviving Nikon camera. This past week it was auctioned by Westlicht with an estimated value of $200,000 and sold for $406,000 (including the buyer’s premium). The camera came from the collection of famed camera collector Tad Sato and is one of two made in April 1948 and comes with the original Nikkor-H 2/5cm lens—the 11th lens ever made.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)
Yale University Acquires the Indie Photobook Library
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has received, through acquisition and donation, the Indie Photobook Library. The collection’s focus is on self-published photobooks, independent imprints, photography exhibition catalogues, zines, artist’s books, and more. The acquisition includes over 2,000 photobooks from across the globe, related ephemera, and the archives of the Library’s history. The collection began in 2010 and reflects the self-publishing movement from 2008-2016. The Indie Photobook Library is now closed to submissions.
Read the full story (Yale News)
William Christenberry Dies at 80
Legendary photographer William Christenberry died at the age of 80 from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. For many decades, Christenberry returned to the same locations in rural Alabama to make photographs, showing how the structures and landscapes changed over time. He used the same Kodak brownie camera that he received as a Christmas gift in 1944. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Christenberry also taught at the Corcoran School from 1968 to 2008.
Read the full story (The Washington Post)