Issue #145  7/1/2008
Bloomsbury Auctions Launches NYC Photography Department

Bloomsbury Auctions have launched a new Photographs Department in New York with the appointment of John Cowey as the head of the department and Hannah Hayden as junior specialist. The department is being guided by the auction expert and photography specialist Rick Wester of Rick Wester Fine Art, Inc., who will act as international consultant.

Bloomsbury Auctions opened their New York saleroom just eight months ago at 6 West 48th St. near Rockefeller Plaza, and it has already announced significant plans for expansion with the development of new departments in modern and contemporary prints and photography.

John Cowey is a well-respected and experienced expert in the field of fine art photography and has worked within the photographic art market for the past 15 years. Most recently, Cowey worked as gallery manager at New York City's Edwynn Houk Gallery. His partner at Bloomsbury Auctions, Hannah Hayden, comes from Phillips de Pury & Co., where she managed client development for contemporary art and photographs, in addition to working with catalogues, research and promotion.

Wester brings almost 30 years of knowledge and experience in the selling, exhibiting, promoting and appraising of photographs in both the private and public sectors to his new role at Bloomsbury Auctions. His experience includes nine years as the International Director of Photographs at Christie's, Inc. Most recently Wester was the first Worldwide Head of Photographs at Phillips de Pury & Co., and since September 2007 he has been the president and director of his own art services company, Rick Wester Fine Art, Inc. Wester will assist the firm by developing the Bloomsbury photographs departments in New York, London, and Rome.

Bloomsbury Auctions will host its inaugural photography sale in New York on October 16-17, 2008. John Cowey and Hannah Hayden are available for valuations and welcome inquiries concerning consignments and sales. The department's phone is +1-212-719-1000, or you can email the department at: photographs@bloomsburyauctions.com .