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.