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Who says print photos are dead? Hot auction raises $227,000 for Houston Center for Photography

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29 Rick Wester, from left, Libbie Masterson and Bevin Dubrowski at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Rick Wester, from left, Libbie Masterson and Bevin Dubrowski at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
26 Tamar Mendellsohn and Raj Natarajan Jr. at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Tamar Mendellsohn and Raj Natarajan Jr. at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
23 Jennifer Ward and Vinod Hopson at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Jennifer Ward and Vinod Hopson at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
22 Patrick Chastang, from left, Liz Anders and Meredith Chastang at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Patrick Chastang, from left, Liz Anders and Meredith Riddle Chastang at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
21 Marc and Amy Schwartz at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Marc and Amy Schwartz at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
20 Libbie Masterson and Bob Gulley at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Libbie Masterson and Bob Gulley at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
17 Ed Osowski and Kathryn Urbanek at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Ed Osowski and Kathryn Urbanek at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
16 Shelley Calton, left, and Kelly Bering at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Shelley Calton, left, and Kelly Bering at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
14 Alex Irvine and Clint Willour at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Alex Irvine and Clint Willour at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
13 Joseph Roberts, from left, with Arnaud and Catherine Couturier at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Joseph Roberts, from left, with Arnaud and Catherine Couturier at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
12 David Marsh, from left, Molly Hipp Hubbard and Ford Hubbard and Nena Marsh at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
David Marsh, from left, Molly Hipp Hubbard and Ford Hubbard and Nena Marsh at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
11 Jim Belli and Patricia Eifel at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Jim Belli and Patricia Eifel at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
10 Jay and Celia Munisteri at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Jay and Celia Munisteri at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
8 Bevin Dubrowski, from left, Edgar Browning and Deborah Bay at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Bevin Dubrowski, from left, Edgar Browning and Deborah Bay at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
7 Mike and Mickey Marvins at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
Mike and Mickey Marvins at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction. Photo by Laura Burlton
29 Rick Wester, from left, Libbie Masterson and Bevin Dubrowski at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
26 Tamar Mendellsohn and Raj Natarajan Jr. at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
23 Jennifer Ward and Vinod Hopson at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
22 Patrick Chastang, from left, Liz Anders and Meredith Chastang at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
21 Marc and Amy Schwartz at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
20 Libbie Masterson and Bob Gulley at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
17 Ed Osowski and Kathryn Urbanek at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
16 Shelley Calton, left, and Kelly Bering at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
14 Alex Irvine and Clint Willour at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
13 Joseph Roberts, from left, with Arnaud and Catherine Couturier at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
12 David Marsh, from left, Molly Hipp Hubbard and Ford Hubbard and Nena Marsh at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
11 Jim Belli and Patricia Eifel at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
10 Jay and Celia Munisteri at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
8 Bevin Dubrowski, from left, Edgar Browning and Deborah Bay at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014
7 Mike and Mickey Marvins at the Houston Center for Photography Print Auction February 2014

Anyone who wonders about the future of print photographs need only have attended the Houston Center for Photography's annual Print Auction, held at the Junior League of Houston. More than 100 pieces were scooped up by enthusiasts who helped raise $227,000, $20,000 more than the 2013 auction.

Celia and Jay Munisteri chaired the evening that saw the 12-piece portfolio of works by Edward Steichen sell for $8,500, the hand-pulled dust-grain photogravures donated by the Aperture Foundation of New York and Houston's Aker Imaging. Each piece in the auction was donated outright by the artists, individuals and galleries while Larson-Juhl and Artists' Framing Resource contributed framing for each of the works.

Rick Wester of Rick Wester Fine Art in New York handled the gavel duties, selling works by André Kertész, Bob Gomel, Aaron Siskind and many more.

The art-minded turnout included Clint Willour, Molly and Ford Hubbard, Libbie Masterson, Kelly and Norman Bering, Jereann Chaney, Vinod Hopson, Tamar Mendelssohn, Mike Stude, Scott Peveto, Krista and Mike Dumas and HCP director Bevin Dubrowski. 

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