FotoFest 2006



FOTOFEST2006 Fine Print Auction
Photo courtesy of Don Eddy


FOTOFEST2006 Fine Print Auction
Photo courtesy of Don Eddy


Auctioneer, Denise Bethel, Senior Vice-President,
Sotheby's New York, Director, Photographs Department
FOTOFEST2006 Fine Print Auction
Photo courtesy of Don Eddy


Celebrating the high bid of the evening
FOTOFEST2006 Fine Print Auction
Photo courtesy of Don Eddy



Doubletree Hotel -
Houston Downtown, 400 Dallas Street
Tuesday March 14, 2006

Bering & James Gallery
805 Rhode Place #500
Thursday, February 23, 2006

Gremillion &Co. Fine Art Gallery
2501 Sunset
Opening Reception - Wednesday, March 1, 2006
March 1-11, 2006

Auction Sponsors

FotoFest’s Fine Print Auction is FotoFest’s principal fundraiser and a highlight of FotoFest’s internationally known Biennial of Photo-related Art. The auction brings curators, museum directors and collectors from all over the world. It offers collectors rare access to a broad range of contemporary works by important artists from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Canada and the United States. The artists and works are selected on the basis of quality and importance.

Denise Bethel, Senior Vice-President, Sotheby's New York, Director, Photographs Department, conducted the auction. Ms. Bethel leads the fine print division of Sotheby’s and has over 26 years experience in the field.

Ninety-five prints were presented in the live and silent auctions. Among the many well-known artists are Chema Madoz (Spain), Lalla Essaydi (Morocco and Saudi Arabia), Keith Carter (U.S.), Andrey Chezhin (Russia), Liliana Porter (Argentina and U.S.), MANUAL (U.S.), and Luis González Palma (Guatemala). A preview of prints was available online in late January 2006. The auction catalogue was available in February 2006.



The Doubletree Hotel Downtown was a major sponsor of the evening which featured cocktails and music, an auction preview and dinner preceding the live auction.

The 2006 auction honored a well-known Houstonian, activist in the arts, and former director of the national Institute for Museum Services, Daphne Murray Gawthrop. Ms. Gawthrop worked with FotoFest and served on FotoFest Board of Directors for many years.

An Auction party at Bering and James Gallery was held on Thursday, February 23, 2006. A limited number of prints were available for viewing. The Preview Reception for the Auction was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at Gremillion Gallery, 2501 Sunset Boulevard. All Auction prints were available for viewing at Gremillion Gallery March 1 - March 11, 2006.

Revenues from print sales at the Fine Print Auction benefit artist programs and the Meeting Place portfolio reviews, allowing hundreds of photographic artists to exhibit work and show their portfolios to important museum curators, publishers, gallery owners, and representatives of photo agencies from the United States, Mexico, South America, Australia, Canada and Europe.

Proceeds from auction ticket and table sponsorships benefit FotoFest's year-round Literacy Through Photography (LTP) educational program in Houston-area public schools.

The headquarters hotel for FotoFest 2006 was the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Houston. The 2006 Meeting Place was held at the hotel as well.


Doubletree Hotel-Houston Downtown

Grey Goose Vodka
Houston Press
Sicardi Gallery
Sotheby’s, Inc.
Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc.
Bering & James Gallery


Bering & James Gallery/Kelly Gale Amen
Susie and Sanford Criner
Family of Daphne Gawthrop
Kathy and Harry Masterson/
Hillary and Stan Stratton/
Lisa and Will Mathis

Silver Gelatin
Joan and Stanford Alexander
Shelley and Geoff Bracken
BG North America, LLC
Marita and Jonathan Fairbanks/
Gretchen and Andrew McFarland
Judy and Bobby Gerry/
Katherine and David Miller
Wendy and Mavis Kelsey
Sherry and Jim Kempner
Meg and Nelson Murray
Veronique and Michael Prentice
Alice Thomas and Julie Crosswell

Raymona and Bill Bomar/
Erla and Harry Zuber
Janice and Blair Bouchier
Michael Casey
Friends of Daphne Gawthrop
De Santos Gallery
Jenny and Jay Kempner/
Ceci and Michael Goldstone
Greenwood King Properties/
Wells Design/Jerry Jeanmard
Annie Hadow
Carola and John Herrin
James Edward Maloney
Sicardi Gallery
Werner & Kerrigan, LLP
Marion and Bim Wilcox