News Photography – Behind the scenes #1

London, UK - 11 April 2014: Photographers take pictures at Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards by Francis Bacon during the preview of the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale that will take place in New York on the 13th May.

London, UK – 11 April 2014: Photographers take pictures at Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards by Francis Bacon during the preview of the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale that will take place in New York on the 13th May.

I was at Christie’s this morning for the preview of the Post-war and Contemporary art sale that will be held in New York on the 12-13th May.

As a news photographer, I’m lucky to attend from time to time, some very exciting and exclusive events. I love art and I’m always happy to see closely some of the masterpieces previewed at art auctions or exhibition press views.

What usually happens at art press views is that a bunch of photographers silently studies the creative possibilities of the situation until someone, enlightened by a dash of imagination, proposes something a bit more creative that usually involves placing someone to pose somewhere next to the works of art. At this point everyone agrees (or turn away) and a swarm of clicking photographers pack to get the most exclusive perspective. The challenge is to always find that unique angle that will make the perfect picture and grant you some space on the printed version of the newspaper the next day. Sounds fun uh?

Above here is a bunch of photographers taking pictures at ‘Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards’ by Francis Bacon, painted in 1984 and estimated in the region of $80 million. Truly beautiful, by the way.

Here some of the final results of the day:

London, UK - 11 April 2014: a Christie’s employee looks at Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards by Francis Bacon during the preview of the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale that will take place in New York on the 13th May.

London, UK – 11 April 2014: a Christie’s employee looks at Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards by Francis Bacon during the preview of the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale that will take place in New York on the 13th May.

London, UK - 11 April 2014: a Christie’s employee looks at "Jim Beam – J.B. Turner Train, 1986“ by Jeff Koons during the preview of the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale that will take place in New York on the 13th May.

London, UK – 11 April 2014: a Christie’s employee looks at “Jim Beam – J.B. Turner Train, 1986“ by Jeff Koons during the preview of the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale that will take place in New York on the 13th May.

London, UK - 11 April 2014: preview of the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale that will take place in New York on the 13th May.

London, UK – 11 April 2014: preview of the Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sale that will take place in New York on the 13th May.

Check out my best images of art auctions and exhibitions and follow my blog if you would like to see more behind the scenes from upcoming events.

 

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