Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bloomsbury Auctions Launches Photographs Department in New York

Bloomsbury Auctions announced today the launch of their Photographs Department in New York with the appointment of John Cowey as Head of Department and Hannah Hayden as Junior Specialist. The department is being guided by the world-renowned photography specialist Rick
Wester, of Rick Wester Fine Art, Inc., as International Consultant. Bloomsbury Auctions opened their New York saleroom just eight months ago at 6 West 48th Street near Rockefeller Plaza, and it has already announced significant plans for expansion with the development of new departments in modern and contemporary prints and photography.

John Cowey is a well-respected and experienced expert in the field of fine art photography and has worked within the photographic art market for the past 15 years. Most recently, Mr. Cowey worked as gallery manager at Edwynn Houk Gallery, one of the world's leading private photography galleries. His partner at Bloomsbury Auctions, Hannah Hayden, comes from Phillips de Pury & Company where she managed Client Development for contemporary art and photographs, in addition to working with catalogues, research, and promotion.

Mr. Wester brings almost thirty years of knowledge and experience in the selling, exhibiting, promoting and appraising of photographs in both the private and public sectors to his new role at Bloomsbury Auctions. His experience includes nine years as the International Director of Photographs at Christie's, Inc. Most recently Mr. Wester was the first Worldwide Head of
Photographs at Phillips de Pury & Company, and since September 2007 he has been the President and Director of his own art services company, Rick Wester Fine Art, Inc. Mr. Wester will assist the firm by developing the Photographs Departments in New York, London, and Rome.

Mr. Wester says of the new department, "There is an incredible potential for growth within the photography market and I am truly excited by the prospect of facilitating the development of the Photographs Departments at Bloomsbury Auctions. I fully expect this to be a successful, competitive venture."

"We are delighted to announce our partnership with such distinguished authorities in the field of fine art photography. It is with great pleasure that we welcome the new staff to Bloomsbury Auctions," says Tommaso Zanzotto, President of Bloomsbury Auctions, Inc. "Our well known expertise and customer service will now extend to collectors, vendors, and artists in the photography world," added Mr. Zanzotto, who serves as a Trustee of Aperture Foundation and
other fine art organizations.

Bloomsbury Auctions will host its inaugural photography sale in New York on October 16th and 17th, 2008. John Cowey and Hannah Hayden are available for valuations and welcome inquiries concerning consignments and sales. Please call +1 (212) 719-1000 or send an e-mail to:

Source: EarthTimes

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