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Over the years, an increasing number of art lovers have decided to build extraordinary photography collections. What started out as a highly niche market in the 1970s has now become mainstream in the art world, with collectors as likely to buy a photograph as they would a sculpture.

To help clients find out more about this fascinating and fast-growing market, Citi Private Bank and Sotheby’s shared the latest insights from industry insiders at an exclusive event in London.

Clients were invited to a preview of Sotheby’s Photographs exhibition, which featured important works by Hiroshimi Sugimoto, Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton, and Chris Levine who was also in attendance.

Clients also sat down to a panel discussion on how to build a valuable photography collection, with an introduction from Citi Private Bank managing director, Anthony Cockett. 

The panel consisted of leading art experts, including Michael Benson, Director of Photo London, Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, Giles Huxley-Parlour, Director of Huxley-Parlour Gallery, and Carrie Scott, art historian and curator.

Topics discussed by the panel included the state of the photography market, vintage prints, women in photography, and the blurring of lines between photography and contemporary art that uses photography.

To find out more, including best practices for collectors, please watch the video of the panel discussion below.

Photography: Kate Cowdrey/Sotheby's

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