104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010  | 
(212) 254-4710  |  Mon - Fri, 10AM - 6PM
Follow Us:
  • We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

    (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
    Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM

     

    Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

    Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.

    Sale 2499 | Lot 266
    Price Realized: $3,750With Buyer's Premium
    Show Hammer Price
    • Click Image To Enlarge

      Additional Images
    • Sale 2499 Lot 266

      (AZERBAIJAN--BAKU OIL FIELDS)
      A fascinating and important album with 74 photographs documenting oil production in the sprawling fields of Baku during the first five years of Soviet authority, after the Bolshevik invasion of 1920.
      Many images depicting crammed fields along the coast of the Caspian Sea with forests of towering oil derricks, including some spewing gushes of oil; numerous copy images of propagandistic charts, maps, and graphs, designed in true Soviet constructivist style; and many views of adapted infrastructure such as refineries, rail depots, enormous pipelines, and workers' housing. The album apparently dedicated to a single company, or government entity, it appears to focus on analyzing and promoting the industry growth since the new dawn of Soviet rule. Silver prints (42), the images mostly measuring 3 1/4x2 1/2 inches (8.3x6.4 cm.), some printed two per sheet, nearly all with captions, in Cyrillic, in the negative. Oblong 8vo, red leatherette with a debossed title. 1920-25


      Estimate $1,200 - 1,800


      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $3,750