Thu, 5th Nov 2020 19:00

Aspire X PLP | African Photography Auction 2020

Lot 64
Lot 64 - Jillian Edelstein (South Africa 1957-)


Jillian Edelstein (South Africa 1957-)
Fikile Mlotshwa, comforter, Johannesburg, 1997 (from Truth and Lies: Stories of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa)

archival ink print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag

Artwork date: 1997
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist
Edition: number 2, from an edition of 25

Sold for R21,105
Estimated at R18,000 - R24,000

Condition Report

The condition is mint.

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archival ink print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag

Artwork date: 1997
Signature details: accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist
Edition: number 2, from an edition of 25


image size: 40.5 x 30.5 cm, sheet size: 50.5 x 40.5 cm, unframed


London-based photographer Jillian Edelstein began her career working as a press photographer in Johannesburg, South Africa. Edelstein’s award-winning portrait and documentary work has appeared in international publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers' Gallery, The Royal Academy, and OXO Gallery in London; Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles; Espace Muraille, Geneva; Sotheby's Galerie Charpentier, Paris; Dali International Photography Festival, Dali; Bensusan Museum of Photography, Johannesburg; and the Robben Island Museum, Cape Town. Between 1996 and 2002, Edelstein returned to South Africa frequently to document the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Her book, Truth and Lies: Stories of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, won several awards including the Visa d’Or at the International Festival of Photojournalism Perpignan in 1997, and the John Kobal Book Award, 2002. In 2002, Edelstein was awarded a Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS), and in 2018 she was voted on the Hundred Heroines list – an international campaign led by the Royal Photographic Society. In the run up to the 2012 Olympics she was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to produce a series of portraits of those working to make the Olympic and the Paralympic Games happen. The Road to 2012: Aiming High was opened by the Duchess of Cambridge. She is currently working on her first feature documentary about the Academy Award nominated screenwriter, Norman Wexler.

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Auction: Aspire X PLP | African Photography Auction 2020, Thu, 5th Nov 2020

A collection of pan-African works, straddling the terrain between historical and contemporary photography, were auctioned to support the digitisation of African photographic legacies by the Photography Legacy Project (PLP). Bidders participated from across Europe, the USA and UK, Asia, Australia and Africa – a testament to Aspire’s increasing global reach and collectors’ enthusiasm for African photography.

The auction included photographic luminaries such as David Goldblatt, Alf Kumalo, G.R. Naidoo, Ranjith Kally and Ian Berry, as well as more contemporary internationally acclaimed photographers like Guy Tillim, Jo Ractliffe, Syowia Kyambi and Mikhael Subotzky. The lead lot, a portfolio of 12 silver gelatin prints from the legendary photographer Ernest Cole’s seminal 1967 book House of Bondage sold for an astounding R569,000 – a new world auction record.



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