FOTOFEST 2012 BIENNIAL Fine Print Auction


FotoFest 2012 International Fine Print Auction
photo by Michelle Watson

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On March 20, 2012, over four hundred guests filled the ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown for FotoFest's 2012 International Fine Print Auction. 

Thirty-nine sponsor tables were filled with collectors, patrons, guests and artists from Russia, Western Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada and the United States. Heritage Auctions and Auctioneer Madelaine Brophy, led FotoFest’s Auction for the first time.

Bidding was very strong and all eighty-two prints were sold - 30 of were donated by Russian, Ukrainian and Belarus artists. It was the first time a substantial offering of high quality works by respected contemporary Russian, Ukrainian and Belarus artists were offered in the U.S.

Artists Oleg DOU, Gregory Maiofis, Jamey Stillings, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Richard Mosse, Kurt Tong, Abelardo Morrell, Miro Svolik, Alexey Vasiliev, Renate Aller, Takeshi Shikama, and Elaine Ling were a few of the artists whose works sold very strongly in the Fine Print Auction.  The FotoFest 2012 Fine Print Auction earned $366,500 with print sales and table sponsorships. 

The Auction drew institutional and private collectors from Brazil, Russia, France, Mexico and the U.S. Prices ranged from $17,000 to $1,500, with sales being 10% higher than FotoFest’s last biennial Auction in 2010.

2012 Auction chair, Eloise Frischkorn, brought many new collectors to the Auction. The prints were framed by Italian moulding provided by ROMA Moulding. Additional institutional sponsorship was provided by the DoubleTree by Hilton Houston DowntownSingapore Airlines, IRIS Art Foundation – In Support of Photography in Russia, Gremillion & Co., Fine Art Inc. The FotoFest Board of Directors and twenty-five additional individual supporters were the major table sponsors.
FotoFest 2012 International Fine Print Auction
photo by Eric Hester

Auction Chair Eloise Frischkorn
FotoFest 2012 International Fine Print Auction
photo by Michelle Watson

The FotoFest Fine Print Auction is considered an exceptional benefit auction for the quality and breadth of its donating artists and their art work. It is one of the main events of FotoFest Biennials and provides a rare opportunity to collect high quality contemporary fine art photography from Russia, Western Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada and the United States. The 2012 Auction was FotoFest’s tenth Fine Print Auction.

Works featured in the FotoFest Auction are hand-picked by FotoFest’s founders in collaboration with selected artists. Donating artists and galleries donate all revenues from print sales to FotoFest. FotoFest is an international non-profit photographic arts and education organization based in Houston, Texas.

The FotoFest International Fine Print Auction is a launching pad for many artists who donate their best works. I think the FotoFest Auction is the best international contemporary Auction of its kind in the United States.

Anne Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 


Auctioneer Madeline Brophy, Heritage Auctions
FotoFest 2012 International Fine Print Auction

photo by Michelle Watson  
FotoFest 2012 International Fine Print Auction
photo by Eric Hester

Gregori Maiofis (Russia)
Politics Makes Strange Bedfellow, 2006
Bromoil, mounted on canvas, 16 ½ x 16 inches



Alexey Kuzmitchev, (Russia)
Untitled, 2006
Chromogenic print, Edition 3
31 ½ x 47 ¼ inches


MANUAL [Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom], (USA)
Oliver Twist, 2010
Archival pigment print, Edition 4/5, 16 ½ x 21 inches
Courtesy of the artists and Moody Gallery, Houston, Texas

Artists in the 2012 Fine Print Auction: 


Nikolay Bakharev
Valera and Natasha Cherkashins 
Andrey Chezhin 
Mikhail Dashevsky 
Oleg DOU 
Alexander Gronsky 
Vadim Gushchin 
Alexander Kitaev 
Yury Kozyrev 

Nikolay Kulebyakin 
Igor Kultyshkin 
Alexey Kuzmichev 
Gregory Maiofis 
Sergey Maximishin
Karen Mirzoyan
Evgeny Mokhorev 

Margo Ovcharenko 
Nikita Pirogov 
Tatiana Plotnikova 
Andrey Polushkin 
Slava Ponomarev 
Roman Pyatkovka 
Igor Savchenko
Valery Shchekoldin 
Pavel Smertin 
Alexey Titarenko 
Alexey Vasiliev 
Oleg Videnin


Renate Aller 
Pavel Banka 
Nicole Belle 
Heidi Bradner 
Alejandro Cartagena 
Emilio Chapela
Monica Cheon 
Piotr Chizinski 
John Darwell 
Luis Delgado-Qualtrough 
Louis Faurer
Andy Freeberg 
Flor Garduño 
Francesco Giusti 
Stepan Grygar 
Priya Kambli 
Kyu Ho Kim 
Mark Klett 
Laurie Lambrecht 
Christine Laptuta 
Erika Larsen 
David Levinthal 
Elaine Ling 
Matt Lipps 
Chema Madoz 
MANUAL (Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill) 
Marcia Michaels 
Liliana Molero
Abelardo Morell 
Joey Lehman Morris 
Richard Mosse 
Luis Gonzalez Palma 
Louie Palu 
Martin Parr 
Oscar Pintor 
Dana Popa 
Peter Riedlinger 
Victoria Sambunaris 
Alessandra Sanguinetti 
Bastienne Schmidt 
Takeshi Shikama 
Tema Stauffer
Jamey Stillings
Miro Svolik 
Brad Temkin 
Kurt Tong 
Juan Travnik 
Geoff Winningham 
Augusta Wood 
Mimi Youn


Revenues from print sales at the Fine Print Auction benefit FotoFest's art programs. Proceeds from Auction ticket and table sponsorship benefit FotoFest's year-round classroom-based education program, Literacy Through Photography, in Houston-area public schools. LTP provides more than 1,000 students annually with cameras and a curriculum using photography to improve writing and cognitive skills.


The Biennial Fine Print Auction is FotoFest’s most important fundraising event. It is designed to honor artists and put exceptional work in the hands of serious collectors. The Auction offers unparalleled access to some of the finest contemporary photographic art from around the world.  Participating artists have included Mike and Doug Starn, Marc Riboud, Atta Kim, Lalla Essaydi, AES+F, Graciela Iturbide, Eikoh Hosoe, Abelardo Morell Graciela Sacco, Jungjin Lee,  Luis Gonzalez Palma, Mariana Yampolsky, Bohnchang Koo, and Byunghun Min.

Wendy Watriss, Artistic Director, Curator and Co-founder, FotoFest



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