The Eye That Shapes: Further Selections from the Peter C. Bunnell Collection to Open for Bidding from 25 January to 1 February

All Lots Sold Without Reserve, Proceeds to Benefit Education

NEW YORK – 24 JANUARY 2023 – Phillips is pleased to announce that further photographs from the collection of pioneering curator, scholar, and teacher Peter C. Bunnell will be offered in The Eye That Shapes, an online auction open for bidding beginning 25 January through 1 February. All lots are being sold without reserve and the sale will be on view at 432 Park Avenue for the duration of the online auction.

The Eye that Shapes is the second in a series of auctions dedicated to the collection of Peter C. Bunnell, with the first having taken place in October 2022. Proceeds from the sales will be distributed to six institutions with whom Bunnell was associated—Rochester Institute of Technology, Ohio University, Yale University, The George Eastman Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, and Princeton University Art Museum—to establish endowments to support the study of photographic history.

Over the course of a long career at The Museum of Modern Art and Princeton University, Bunnell built a remarkable collection reflecting his vast and deep understanding of photography. Begun in the 1950s, before photography galleries and dealers were commonplace, the collection incorporates some outstanding rarities by his teacher and mentor Minor White, his friend Jerry Uelsmann, Harry Callahan, Barbara Morgan, W. Eugene Smith, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many other photographers who touched his life or his sensibility in some important way. It is a deeply personal collection put together with a sense of joy and curiosity that includes both icons and lesser-known gems spanning the history of photography.

Online Auction: 25 January – 1 February

Auction Viewing: 432 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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Harry Callahan
Eleanor, Port Huron, 1954
Estimate $2,500 – 3,500
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham – Letter to the World (The Kick), 1940
Estimate $3,000 – 5,000
Minor White
Peeled Paint, Rochester, New York, 1959
Estimate $6,000 – 8,000

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