How much is that Photograph? 4 African Photographs over 5000 pounds

Photography has come a long way from being regarded as just craft to being recognized as art. It is accepted that like a painting, a photograph has the ability to move, engage and inspire viewers. Photographs are therefore displayed in galleries and sold at auctions alongside art. Still, income from photography represents a nominal share of the art market. But what should you expect to pay for a remarkable photograph at auction? Here are four pieces from African photographers who command the best prices:


Credit: The Newark Museum

HRM Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II, Obi of Idumuje Unor, 2012, George Osodi (Nigerian), approximately £17000


Credit: Bonhams

A Wolof, Sitting at her Hand-powered Singer Sewing Machine, 1956/57, Seydou Keïta (Malian), £7600


Credit: Bonhams

Abdullahi Ahmadu with Mainasara, Abuja Nigeria, 2005, Pieter Hugo (South African), £11,250


Credit: Bonhams

Nuit de Noël (Christmas Eve), 1963, Malick Sidibé (Malian), £6,600



Feature Photograph – Courtesy: Akin Kongi

Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.
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