Auction 002 - Polaroids | Auke Bergsma

Tuesday, 22 September 2015, 13:00 GMT (15:00 CET). Online bidding is open at

Screenshot Museum Westlicht website: Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Auke Bergsma and Oliviero Toscani.

Dutch photographer Auke Bergsma (1950, Putten, The Netherlands) is an icon when it comes to Polaroid photography. Since the early 1970s, the Polaroid Corporation gave films to a selected group of photographers. Among them are Ansel Adams, Aaron Siskind, Jeanloup Sieff, Robert Mapplethorpe, Oliviero Toscani, Helmut Newton and Andy Warhol. In return, Polaroid had the right to acquire some of the Polaroids they created. In this way the famous International Polaroid Collection was built.

Selections 1, The Polaroid Book, From Polaroid to Impossible, Museum Brandts 13.

Polaroid itself published books of this collection (Selections 1, 1982), and later Taschen published 'The Polaroid Book' (2008), which became a best seller. Finally, in 2011 Haje Cantz published 'From Polaroid to Impossible'. In these books, one can find all the usual 'suspects'. In between Helmut Newton and Andy Warhol are the pages with SX70 Polaroids made by Auke Bergsma. And although his work is in the permanent collections of Museum Westlicht in Viena (Austria), The Royal Library of Kopenhagen, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Museum Brandts 13 (right picture above) and the Danish Museum of Photographic Art (Museet For Fotokunst), his name is not well known among collectors yet.

Auke Bergsma, 'Today I start giving up smoking' (1982), Sequence of 3 Polaroids.

Now his full archive of Polaroids, including 20x24", SX-70 and other Polaroids, is on sale at A once in a lifetime opportunity to buy these typical 1980s photographs. Lots will be sold individually and as per set (his humorist sequences). The auction, which is online already, will end on Tuesday 22 September at 13:00 GMT (15:00 CET).