Wednesday, March 15th

In Conversation: Phillips Auction House

Demystifying the Photography Market with Vanessa Hallett

About the Event

Learn more about the inner workings of the photographs market, with Phillips’ Deputy Chairwoman, Americas, and Worldwide Head of Photographs, Vanessa Hallett.

Discover important elements about the medium, such as print quality and condition, artist signatures and special markings–which will help you develop your own connoisseurship–and build a collection within any budget.

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Vanessa Hallett, Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairwoman, Americas

In her eighteen years with Phillips, Vanessa Hallett has led the most senior and longest tenured global photographs team in the field to the forefront of the international market.

Having joined Phillips in 2005, Vanessa’s leadership of the Photographs department has been defined by the successful introduction of emerging photographers to the secondary market, as well as historic sales for classic and contemporary photographers. She oversaw the auction of the record-breaking sale of Helmut Newton’s Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed and Naked), 1981, for over $1.8 million, and Edward Weston’s Circus Tent, 1924, for $788,000. She also worked directly with the family of Dorothea Lange to bring works from their collection to auction. In her time with Phillips, she has been instrumental in the consignment of works from several prestigious collections, including works from Joy of Giving Something Foundation and the collection of Susie Tompkins Buell. The Buell collection set multiple world auction records for some of the most classic names in the medium, including Tina Modotti and Consuelo Kanaga. Vanessa has also directed several exhibitions for Phillips, including the work of Steven Meisel that traveled to Paris, London, and New York.


Details & pricing

General Admission: $40
Member and Patron Price: Free

Museum admission is included with ticket purchase.


Wednesday, March 15th
6:30 PM | Doors open
7:00 PM | Event start
8:30 PM | Event end

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