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Max Yavno (1911–1985) was a photographer who specialized in street scenes, especially in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. The son of Russian immigrants, Yavno was born in New York on April 26, 1911. He had one sister. He was married at age 19 and divorced three years later. He died in April 1985 of complications resulting from a fall in a shower.

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    • Max Yavno, Morocco
      Jul. 10, 2024

      Max Yavno, Morocco

      Est: $700 - $900

      Max Yavno Morocco 1982 vintage gelatin silver print image: 7 h x 9.5 w in (18 x 24 cm) sheet: 8 h x 10 w in (20 x 25 cm) Signed, titled and dated to verso 'Max Yavno Morocco 1982'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, The Sphinx and Great Pyramid
      Jul. 10, 2024

      Max Yavno, The Sphinx and Great Pyramid

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Max Yavno The Sphinx and Great Pyramid 1979 gelatin silver print image: 15.5 h x 19.25 w in (39 x 49 cm) mount: 22 h x 28 w in (56 x 71 cm) Signed to mount 'Yavno'. Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, pl. 69 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Sunday, Downtown Brooklyn, NY
      Jul. 10, 2024

      Max Yavno, Sunday, Downtown Brooklyn, NY

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Max Yavno Sunday, Downtown Brooklyn, NY c. 1941 / printed later gelatin silver print image: 9.875 h x 13.375 w in (25 x 34 cm) mount: 9.875 h x 15.875 w in (25 x 40 cm) Signed and inscribed to mount 'Yavno, For George'. Provenance: Gift from the artist | Estate of George Green, Los Angeles | Private Collection, Los Angeles Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, pl. 7 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Winter, 16th Street, Old New York
      Jul. 10, 2024

      Max Yavno, Winter, 16th Street, Old New York

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Max Yavno Winter, 16th Street, Old New York c. 1940 / printed later gelatin silver print image: 10.375 h x 13.125 w in (26 x 33 cm) mount: 15.75 h x 19 w in (40 x 48 cm) Signed to mount 'Yavno'. Provenance: Estate of George Green, Los Angeles | Private Collection, Los Angeles Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Yavno, pl. 5 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) San Francisco street scene.
      May. 16, 2024

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) San Francisco street scene.

      Est: $2,500 - $3,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) San Francisco street scene. Silver print, the image measuring 13⅜x10½ inches (34x26.7 cm.), the mount 20x15 inches (50.8x38.1 cm.), with Yavno's signature in pencil on mount recto. 1947

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles.
      May. 16, 2024

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles.

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles. Silver print, the image measuring 11¾x19¼ inches (29.8x48.9 cm.), the mount 16¾x24 inches (42.5x61 cm.), with Yavno's signature in pencil on mount recto. 1949; printed 1970s

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Max Yavno "Garage Doors" Gelatin Silver Print
      May. 05, 2024

      Max Yavno "Garage Doors" Gelatin Silver Print

      Est: $2,000 - $4,000

      Max Yavno (American, 1911-1985), "Garage Doors, San Francisco", Gelatin Silver Print, 1947, printed by Max Yavno, estate stamp and printing notations "from the personal collection of Max Yavno" on verso, burlwood frame. Image: 10.75" H x 13" W; frame: 20" H x 22.5" W. Provenance: From the 50 East 89th Street estate of a 20th century photography collector. Reputedly purchased from Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, August 1995. Keywords: Photography, Architecture, California, Buildings, Modern Art, Black and white

      Auctions at Showplace
    • Max Yavno, Children Playing
      Mar. 08, 2024

      Max Yavno, Children Playing

      Est: $500 - $700

      Max Yavno Children Playing 1947 / printed c. 1970s gelatin silver print image: 7.5 h x 9.5 w in (19 x 24 cm) sheet: 8 h x 10 w in (20 x 25 cm) Signed, titled and inscribed to gallery stamp to verso 'Max Yavno Children Playing G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Watts, CA
      Mar. 08, 2024

      Max Yavno, Watts, CA

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Max Yavno Watts, CA 1977 vintage gelatin silver print image: 9 h x 13.5 w in (23 x 34 cm) sheet: 11 h x 14 w in (28 x 36 cm) Signed, titled and dated to press stamp to verso 'Max Yavno Watts, CA 1977'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles.
      Feb. 15, 2024

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles.

      Est: $2,500 - $3,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles. Silver print, the image measuring 11½x19½ inches (29.2x49.5 cm.), the sheet 16x20 inches (40.6x50.8 cm.), with printing notations in pencil in Yavno's hand, on verso. 1949; printed circa 1970

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) A suite with two portraits of artist Wallace Putnam (1899-1989) and one of photographer Consuelo Kanaga (1894-197
      Feb. 15, 2024

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) A suite with two portraits of artist Wallace Putnam (1899-1989) and one of photographer Consuelo Kanaga (1894-197

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) A suite with two portraits of artist Wallace Putnam (1899-1989) and one of photographer Consuelo Kanaga (1894-1978). Silver contact prints, the images measuring 4¾x3¾ inches (12.1x9.5 cm.), the sheets slightly larger, each with Yavno's signature in pencil on verso. Late 1930s

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Max Yavno, Muscle Beach, Los Angeles
      Dec. 01, 2023

      Max Yavno, Muscle Beach, Los Angeles

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      Max Yavno Muscle Beach, Los Angeles 1949 / printed later gelatin silver print 16 h x 19.875 w in (41 x 50 cm) Signed to verso 'Yavno'. Provenance: The Artist | Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, no. 12 The Los Angeles Book, Yavno and Shippey, ppg. 78-79 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Knockout
      Dec. 01, 2023

      Max Yavno, Knockout

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Max Yavno Knockout 1977 vintage gelatin silver print image: 7.5 h x 9.5 w in (19 x 24 cm) sheet: 8 h x 10 w in (20 x 25 cm) Yavno personally printed all of his Press prints that were distributed to G. Ray Hawkins. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, no. 43 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Untitled (Children in San Francisco)
      Dec. 01, 2023

      Max Yavno, Untitled (Children in San Francisco)

      Est: $400 - $600

      Max Yavno Untitled (Children in San Francisco) 1947 / printed c. 1975 gelatin silver print image: 10.5 h x 13.5 w in (27 x 34 cm) mount: 16 h x 20 w in (41 x 51 cm) Signed to mount 'Yavno'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • MAX YAVNO, (American, 1921-1985), Untitled (San Francisco), gelatin silver print, sight: 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in., frame: 20 1/2 x 17 in.
      Oct. 28, 2023

      MAX YAVNO, (American, 1921-1985), Untitled (San Francisco), gelatin silver print, sight: 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in., frame: 20 1/2 x 17 in.

      Est: $1,000 - $2,000

      MAX YAVNO (American, 1921-1985) Untitled (San Francisco) gelatin silver print signed Yavno lower right

      Grogan & Company
    • Max Yavno (1911-1985): Landscape with Nude Figure
      Aug. 31, 2023

      Max Yavno (1911-1985): Landscape with Nude Figure

      Est: $200 - $300

      Max Yavno (1911-1985): Landscape with Nude Figure photographic print; pencil-signed to backing lower right

      Abell Auction
    • Max Yavno, Street Talk Boy
      Aug. 02, 2023

      Max Yavno, Street Talk Boy

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Max Yavno Street Talk Boy 1944 vintage silver gelatin print 13.625 h x 10.625 w in (35 x 27 cm) Signed and dated to verso '1944 Yavno' with artist's stamp. Provenance: The Artist | Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Street Talk
      Aug. 02, 2023

      Max Yavno, Street Talk

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Max Yavno Street Talk c. 1946 vintage gelatin silver print image: 11.25 h x 10.5 w in (29 x 27 cm) sheet: 12.25 h x 11 w in (31 x 28 cm) Signed to verso 'Yavno' and stamped 'Photo by Yavno' with typed inscription. Provenance: The Artist | Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Premiere at Carthay Circle
      Aug. 02, 2023

      Max Yavno, Premiere at Carthay Circle

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Max Yavno Premiere at Carthay Circle 1949 / printed c. 1975 gelatin silver print image: 19.5 h x 15.5 w in (50 x 39 cm) sheet: 19.875 h x 15.875 w in (50 x 40 cm) Signed to verso 'Yavno'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photographs of Max Yavno, Maddow, pl. 10 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Powell Street
      Aug. 02, 2023

      Max Yavno, Powell Street

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Max Yavno Powell Street 1947 / printed c. 1975 gelatin silver print image: 19.25 h x 15.25 w in (49 x 39 cm) mount: 28 h x 22 w in (71 x 56 cm) Signed to lower right of mat 'Yavno'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photographs of Max Yavno, Maddow, pl. 30 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, The Leg, Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles
      Aug. 02, 2023

      Max Yavno, The Leg, Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Max Yavno The Leg, Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles 1949 / printed later gelatin silver print image: 19.375 h x 15.5 w in (49 x 39 cm) mount: 28 h x 22 w in (71 x 56 cm) Signed to mount 'Yavno'. Provenance: The Stephen White Collection Literature: The Photographs of Max Yavno, Maddow, pl. 24 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Untitled (Dancers)
      Jul. 26, 2023

      Max Yavno, Untitled (Dancers)

      Est: $500 - $700

      Max Yavno Untitled (Dancers) vintage gelatin silver print image: 13.25 h x 10.375 w in (34 x 26 cm) mount: 20 h x 16 w in (51 x 41 cm) Signed to lower right of mount 'Yavno'. Artist's stamp to verso 'Please credit photo by Yavno' with inscription '230 West 16th St.'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • Max Yavno, The White House, Canyon de Chelly
      Jul. 26, 2023

      Max Yavno, The White House, Canyon de Chelly

      Est: $2,000 - $2,500

      Max Yavno The White House, Canyon de Chelly 1975 vintage gelatin silver print mounted to paper sheet: 19.375 h x 13.25 w in (49 x 34 cm) mount: 26.875 h x 21.25 w in (68 x 54 cm) Signed to lower right of mount 'Yavno'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, no. 52 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
    • Max Yavno (1911-1985) Hot Dog, Los Angeles, Tail of the Pup, 1949/1970's
      May. 06, 2023

      Max Yavno (1911-1985) Hot Dog, Los Angeles, Tail of the Pup, 1949/1970's

      Est: $2,000 - $2,500

      Gelatin Silver Print Credit stamp on verso Image: 2 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches Framed: 11 3/8 x 13 inches

      Santa Monica Auctions
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) The Heiress.
      Apr. 27, 2023

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) The Heiress.

      Est: $3,000 - $4,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) The Heiress. Silver print, the image measuring 19x15 3/8 inches (48.3x39 cm.), the mount 28x22 inches (71.1x55.9 cm.), with Yavno's signature in pencil on mount recto. 1950; printed circa 1980 Provenance: David Gardiner Collection, by descent

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.
      Apr. 27, 2023

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. Silver print, the image measuring 13 1/2x10 1/4 inches (34.3x26 cm.), the mount 20x16 inches (50.8x40.6 cm.), with Yavno's signature in pencil on mount recto. 1947; printed 1970s

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Max Yavno, Premiere at Carthay Circle
      Mar. 23, 2023

      Max Yavno, Premiere at Carthay Circle

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Max Yavno Premiere at Carthay Circle 1949 / printed c. 1975 gelatin silver print mounted to matboard sheet: 19.25 h x 15.5 w in (49 x 39 cm) mount: 28 h x 22 w in (71 x 56 cm) Signed to lower right of mount 'Yavno'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, no. 10 The Los Angeles Book, Yavno and Shippey, pg. 47 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Cable Car, San Francisco
      Mar. 23, 2023

      Max Yavno, Cable Car, San Francisco

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Max Yavno Cable Car, San Francisco 1947 / printed later gelatin silver print mounted to matboard sheet: 10.875 h x 11.125 w in (28 x 28 cm) mount: 20.25 h x 15 w in (51 x 38 cm) Signed to lower right of mount 'Yavno'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, no. 25 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Powell Street, San Francisco
      Mar. 23, 2023

      Max Yavno, Powell Street, San Francisco

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Max Yavno Powell Street, San Francisco 1947 / printed later gelatin silver print image: 13.5 h x 10.5 w in (34 x 27 cm) sheet: 14 h x 11 w in (36 x 28 cm) Signed, numbered and inscribed to verso 'Yavno #7 #3802-C'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, no. 30 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, The White House, Canyon de Chelly
      Mar. 23, 2023

      Max Yavno, The White House, Canyon de Chelly

      Est: $2,000 - $2,500

      Max Yavno The White House, Canyon de Chelly 1975 vintage gelatin silver print mounted to paper sheet: 19.375 h x 13.25 w in (49 x 34 cm) mount: 26.875 h x 21.25 w in (68 x 54 cm) Signed to lower right of mount 'Yavno'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, no. 52 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, View from Twin Peaks, San Francisco
      Mar. 23, 2023

      Max Yavno, View from Twin Peaks, San Francisco

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Max Yavno View from Twin Peaks, San Francisco 1947 / printed c. 1975 gelatin silver print mounted to matboard image: 11.125 h x 19.375 w in (28 x 49 cm) mount: 21.875 h x 27.875 w in (56 x 71 cm) Signed to lower right of mount 'Yavno'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, no. 26 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Muscle Beach, Los Angeles
      Mar. 23, 2023

      Max Yavno, Muscle Beach, Los Angeles

      Est: $3,000 - $4,000

      Max Yavno Muscle Beach, Los Angeles 1949 / printed later gelatin silver print mounted to matboard image: 11.5 h x 19.375 w in (29 x 49 cm) mount: 22 h x 28 w in (56 x 71 cm) Signed to lower right of mount 'Yavno'. Provenance: Collection of Susan and G. Ray Hawkins, Beverly Hills Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, no. 12 The Los Angeles Book, Yavno and Shippey, ppg. 78-79 This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • MAX YAVNO (1911 - 1985)
      May. 22, 2022

      MAX YAVNO (1911 - 1985)

      Est: $500 - $700

      "Two Chinese Men in Doorway - San Francisco, CA"; c. 1950 (printed later); Gelatin Silver Print; 13.5" x 10.5"; Signed Lower Left; Unframed; Note: scratch across upper left surface and lower left corner (please see photos.); Provenance: From the Estate of Marcuse "Cusie" Pfeifer (1936 - 2020).

      James Cox Gallery
    • MAX YAVNO (1911 - 1985)
      May. 22, 2022

      MAX YAVNO (1911 - 1985)

      Est: $1,000 - $1,500

      "Cable Car Turnaround - San Francisco, CA"; c. 1950 (printed later); Gelatin Silver Print; 10.5" x 12.25"; Signed Center Right; Unframed; Note: scratch or crease in upper right quadrant (please see photos.); Provenance: From the Estate of Marcuse "Cusie" Pfeifer (1936 - 2020).

      James Cox Gallery
    • The Photography of Max Yavno 1st Ed. 1981
      Mar. 13, 2022

      The Photography of Max Yavno 1st Ed. 1981

      Est: $70 - $150

      1981 University of California Press, The Photographs of Max Yavno. Yavno (NY, 1911-1985) photographed for the WPA and is in MOMA. 12.5" x 12.5".

      District Auction
    • Max Yavno, Wailing Wall, Woman's Section
      Feb. 22, 2022

      Max Yavno, Wailing Wall, Woman's Section

      Est: $1,500 - $2,000

      Max Yavno Wailing Wall, Woman's Section 1979 / printed later gelatin silver print image: 10.5 h × 13.5 w in (27 × 34 cm) sheet: 11 h × 14 w in (28 × 36 cm) Inscribed to upper margin 'Book P.64'. Estate stamp to verso 'Photograph by Max Yavno From the Estate of Max Yavno'. Provenance: Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Modern Art & Design, 6 May 2012, Lot 189 | Private Collection, Los Angeles condition: Work is in good overall condition. Attenuation to the image in the area not behind the mat. It appears that there was a mark to the original negative at the lower right that is visible in the reprinting, but it does not appear that this is a condition issue that happened to this imprint. Abrasion to the upper right corner measuring approximately 0.5" in length. Extremely minor scattered pinpoint indentations along extreme edge of sheet at upper right margin. Soft corner lower right. A minute dent to upper edge at right. Framed behind acrylic measuring 18 x 21 inches.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • Max Yavno, Garage Doors
      Feb. 22, 2022

      Max Yavno, Garage Doors

      Est: $1,500 - $2,000

      Max Yavno Garage Doors 1947 / printed later gelatin silver print mounted on board image: 10.5 h × 13.5 w in (27 × 34 cm) mount: 16 h × 20 w in (41 × 51 cm) Signed to board 'Yavno'. Provenance: Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Van Nuys, Modern Art & Design, 6 May 2012, Lot 190 | Private Collection, Los Angeles Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, Maddow, pg. 32 condition: Work is in good overall condition. Minute flaked loss to the emulsion to upper edge at right and lower center at bottom edge. Toning to the extreme edges of the board and to the perimeter surrounding the mounted print. Remnant of hinge tape to upper board at left. Framed behind acrylic measuring 19 x 23 inches.

      Los Angeles Modern Auctions
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles.
      Feb. 10, 2022

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles.

      Est: $5,000 - $7,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles. Silver print, the image measuring 11 1/2x19 3/8 inches (29.2x23.8 cm.), the mount 22x28 inches (55.9x71.1 cm.), with Yavno's signature, in pencil, on mount recto. 1947; printed circa 1970

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Gleaming Cans.
      Feb. 10, 2022

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Gleaming Cans.

      Est: $3,000 - $4,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Gleaming Cans. Chromogenic print, the image measuring 13 7/8x10 7/8 inches (35.2x27.6 cm.), the mount 20x16 inches (50.8x40.6 cm.), with Yavno's signature, in pencil, on mount recto. 1955; printed 1977

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) San Francisco cable car turnaround.
      Oct. 21, 2021

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) San Francisco cable car turnaround.

      Est: $3,000 - $4,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) San Francisco cable car turnaround. Silver print, the image measuring 3 3/4x4 1/4 inches (9.5x10.8 cm.), the mount 7 1/2x10 inches (19.1x25.4 cm.), with Yavno's signature, in pencil, on mount recto. 1947

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Max Yavno (American, 1911-1985) Two Chinese, San Francisco, 1947 (printed c. 1970s)
      Sep. 29, 2021

      Max Yavno (American, 1911-1985) Two Chinese, San Francisco, 1947 (printed c. 1970s)

      Est: $1,000 - $2,000

      Max Yavno (American, 1911-1985) Two Chinese, San Francisco, 1947 (printed c. 1970s) gelatin silver print signed on mount 20 x 16 inches. Literature: The Photography of Max Yavno, University of California Press, 1981 (plate 35) Provenance: Personal Collection of Max Yavno Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles

      Hindman
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles.
      May. 27, 2021

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles.

      Est: $2,500 - $3,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Los Angeles. Silver print, the image measuring 5 1/4x8 7/8 inches (13.3x22.5 cm.), the mount 6 1/2x10 1/2 inches (16.5x26.7 cm.), with Yavno's signature, in pencil, on mount recto. 1949; printed 1960s

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • MAX YAVNO Photo League, San Francisco 1947
      Dec. 05, 2020

      MAX YAVNO Photo League, San Francisco 1947

      Est: $600 - $800

      MAX YAVNO, Garage Doors, San Francisco, 1947, 10.375x13.375" Gelatin silver print, Printed 1970s, Signed in pencil on mount recti below lower right of print. Inscribed in pencil on mount verso: #11. Yavno is best known for his work in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Social documentary photographer Max Yavno (1911-1985) identified the odd charm that constitutes the identity of a place and people. Born in New York, Yavno was a social worker from 1932-1936. He is best known for his depictions of great American cities and the cultural and social detail of their inhabitants, many of which distinctively reflect their era. In 1936, Yavno began photographing New York street life for the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Theater Project. As his interest in photography burgeoned, Yavno joined the Photo League and served as its president in the late 1930s. Through this organization he met Aaron Siskind, who became his roommate and lifelong friend. During World War II, Yavno served in the United States Army Air Force as a film and photography instructor. Following the war, he relocated to San Francisco and continued teaching. There, Yavno began a freelance career with clients including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. During this time he achieved success both as a fine art and commercial photographer. Yavno was included in Seventeen American Photographers, a 1947 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This placed him alongside established photographers Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Man Ray, and Edward Weston. Following this pivotal exhibition, Yavno published The San Francisco Book in 1948 and The Los Angeles Book in 1950, both of which chronicled the urban landscape and its population. By 1952, Edward Steichen had purchased Yavno’s prints for The Museum of Modern Art. With recommendations by Edward Weston and Steichen, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1953. From 1954-1975, Yavno owned and operated a thriving commercial photography studio in Los Angeles. In 1975, the sixty-four-year-old photographer closed his studio to allow for more personal pursuits. Yavno continued to photograph California, but also worked in Mexico, Morocco, Israel, and Egypt, securing funds for the later trips from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Photography of Max Yavno was published by the University of California press in 1981, to accompany a retrospective at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Yavno continued to make and exhibit photographic works until his death in 1985. CREDIT: Center for Creative Photography https://ccp.arizona.edu/artists/max-yavno

      Andrew Smith Gallery Photography Auctions, LLC
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) San Francisco cable car turnaround.
      Oct. 22, 2020

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) San Francisco cable car turnaround.

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) San Francisco cable car turnaround. Silver print, the image measuring 15 1/4x15 3/4 inches (38.7x40 cm.), the mount 16x20 inches (40.6x50.8 cm.), with Yavno's signature, in pencil, on mount recto. 1947; printed circa 1970

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Santa Monica.
      Jun. 11, 2020

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Santa Monica.

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) Muscle Beach, Santa Monica. Lightly varnished silver print, the image measuring 8 1/4x13 1/2 inches (21x34.3 cm.), with Yavno's credit hand stamp and title, in pencil, on verso. 1947

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) New York street scene.
      Jun. 11, 2020

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) New York street scene.

      Est: $2,500 - $3,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) New York street scene. Silver print, the image measuring 3 3/4x9 1/2 inches (9.5x24.1 cm.), the mount 17x14 inches (43.2x35.6 cm.), with Yavno's signature, in pencil, on mount recto, and his credit hand stamp, on mount verso. 1937

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Max Yavno, (1911-1985 American), "Mexican Foreman," 1944, Gelatin silver print under glass, 13.25" H x 7.5" W
      Jan. 26, 2020

      Max Yavno, (1911-1985 American), "Mexican Foreman," 1944, Gelatin silver print under glass, 13.25" H x 7.5" W

      Est: $600 - $800

      Signed lower right: Yavno

      John Moran Auctioneers
    • MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) The Heiress.
      Oct. 17, 2019

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) The Heiress.

      Est: $3,000 - $4,500

      MAX YAVNO (1911-1985) The Heiress. Silver print, the image measuring 13 1/2x10 1/2 inches (34.3x26.7 cm.), the sheet slightly larger, with printing notations, in ink, on recto, and with the location, negative date, and other numeric notations, in pencil, on verso. 1949; printed circa 1960s

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