Join fellow art lovers and collectors for our ninth annual PhotoBid fundraiser benefiting the INFOCUS organization. Whether you are a seasoned collector or just starting out, PhotoBid is a fun and festive event where you can mingle with people who share a passion for photography – and bring home an original work of art!

Guests at PhotoBid can participate in both live and silent auctions, and will enjoy door prizes, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The live auction, conducted again this year by popular New York City auctioneer Rick Wester, will feature signed, museum-quality photographic prints by acclaimed photographers from Arizona and the United States. Collections of photographic books and prints books by well-known authors and artists will also be offered in a silent auction.

Get your tickets early and save

Advance tickets to the PhotoBid Gala Art Auction are now on sale for $69; will be $75 at the door on the night of the event. Purchase tickets

Online Bidding opens November 2 on Paddle8

New for PhotoBid 2017, we are partnering with the online bidding platform Paddle8. Get a head start bidding on your favorites now – all online bids will transfer to the Live Auction on November 16.

Click to visit the Paddle8 site

Founded in 2011, Paddle8 brings the tradition-bound auction world into the 21st century. Offering a seamless online process, Paddle8 makes collecting and selling art online an easy, efficient, and enjoyable experience. Paddle8 features specialist-curated auctions, nonprofit auctions, private and buy-now sales in the categories of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Prints and Multiples, Photographs, Street Art and Collectibles. Paddle8 is especially proud to partner with more than 600 nonprofit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions to a global community of more than 500,000 collectors, helping each organization expand its fundraising results.

Preview the art in person at Phoenix Art Museum
October 21 – November 15

In the three weeks preceding PhotoBid, the auction pieces will be shown as an exhibition in the Norton Gallery at Phoenix Art Musuem for bidders and the public to view. The photographic works presented in the PhotoBid exhibition and auction are selected by internationally recognized curator, Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., the Norton Family Curator of Photography at Phoenix Art Museum and Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. The auction items have been generously donated by a variety of artists working in a diverse range of processes and subject matter. Photography enthusiasts will find something for every taste and budget!

View items from previous auctions    2016 Auction   2015 Auction    2014 Auction    2013 Auction    2012 Auction

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Three weeks of PhotoBid Excitement

In addition to the PhotoBid event itself, an exciting series of artist talks and lead-up activities are being planned. PhotoBid artist Lisa Robinson will be featured on October 25, and Richard Laugharn on November 1. We will also have a self-guided PhotoFinder Scavenger Hunt on First Friday, November 3, when the Museum is open until 9 PM, with no admission charge.

Another exciting element at PhotoBid is the presentation of the annual INFOCUS Founders Award, that honors an individual, business or organization whose efforts have advanced the cause and improved public awareness of fine art photography in Arizona. Recent recipients were Allen Dutton in 2013, Dick Arentz in 2014, James Hajicek in 2015, and John Norton (posthumous) in 2016. The recipient of the 2017 Founders Award will be artist advocate, consultant, and author Mary Virginia Swanson.

Be a PhotoBid Sponsor

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our community. If you would like to lend your name to the appreciation of fine art photography, we offer several opportunities for participation, all of which include tickets to the PhotoBid auction, INFOCUS membership and other benefits. Interested in being a PhotoBid sponsor? Contact INFOCUS President, Neil Miller, via email for information.