This spring Christie’s is delighted to present a sale of British Modern and Contemporary photography charting the modern history of the medium and celebrating some of the talented artists working today. Highlights of the sale include iconic images from the ‘Swinging Sixties’ by David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy as well as fashion and portrait photography of cultural and artistic stars from the past sixty years. The contemporary section of the sale is comprised of documentary and fine art photography by artists such as Simon Roberts, Lottie Davies, Esther Teichmann and Stephen Gill.

The sale will be live from 12 – 21 May and highlights on view at Christie’s King Street from 16 – 21 May.

You can view the auction here:

Raising funds for the 3 children of Anton Hammerl, photojournalist killed in Libya last year. An auction of contemporary prints will take at Christie’s in New York on May 15, 2012.

Signed prints will available by some of the world’s leading photographers – including Sebastiao Salgado, Alec Soth, Christopher Anderson, Ed Kashi, Yuri Kozyrev, Larry Fink, Lynsey Addario, Susan Meiselas, Ron Haviv, David Burnett, Joao Silva, Bruce Davidson, Greg Marinovich, Samuel Aranda, Roger Ballen and Vincent Laforet – will be auctioned off by Christie’s Senior Vice President Lydia Fenet.

To find out more about the auction visit the Friends of Anton website here.

Anton Hammerl, 1969-2011

Anton, 41, was a former picture editor and chief photographer for The Saturday Star in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was mentored by the late Ken Oosterbroek, member of the acclaimed South African ‘Bang Bang Club’, and worked for the Associated Press, the Sunday Independent, Reuters and the Star Newspaper.

He moved to London in 2006 where he became a freelance photographer, shooting both news and corporate work. He had gone to cover the fighting in Libya in late March as a freelancer.

Anton is survived by his three children – 11 year-old Aurora, 8 year-old Neo, and 1 year-old baby Hiro – and his wife Penny Sukhraj.

The Libyan regime repeatedly told Anton’s family that he was alive and well. The truth is Anton died on day one. It is now clear that the Gaddafi regime knew about Anton’s fate all along and chose to cover it up.