Christopher Mahoney. Photo: Geoffrey Berliner for the Penumbra Foundation.

Phillips Names Christopher Mahoney as Senior International Specialist for Photographs

Phillips auction house announced that Christopher Mahoney has been appointed its senior international specialist for photographs. Based in New York, Mahoney began his post earlier this month.

Mahoney started his career in the photographs department at Swann Galleries in the early 1990s. He then joined Sotheby’s in 1995 and served as head of the photographs department from 2014 to 2016. After his departure, he worked as a private consultant, during which time he assisted with Phillips’s auctions of “The Odyssey of Collecting: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation, 1840–2007” in 2017. He received his BFA in photography from New York University and is an active photographer.

“On the heels of Phillips’s strong 2017 performance, we are eager to continue building momentum in the photographs market,” Vanessa Hallett, the worldwide head of photographs and deputy chairman of the Americas, said. “Chris is one of the foremost experts on the evaluation and sale of photographs spanning the nineteenth through twentieth centuries and he was instrumental in the success of our Joy of Giving Something auctions last year. As a permanent member of our team, he will facilitate the growth of the department even further as we prepare for our first sales of the new year.”