Coppitz Archive

This 2016 donation to the Zeri Foundation comprises part of the professional archive of the photographer Arrigo Coppitz.

It consists of 6,922 b/w negatives in various formats, 25 contact proofs and 2 diacolors, to a total of 7,230 photograms (exposures??), produced for Sotheby’s Florentine auctions between 1979 and 1990. The materials are displayed in 4 ring-binder albums of plastic envelopes and one cardboard box. They are in chronological and numerical order, as listed on 4 handwritten sheets attached to the respective albums.

Arrigo Coppitz was born at Treviso in 1951. At the age of 19 he moved to Florence to attend the Architecture Faculty. He started out on his career as a photographer working for the architect Giovanni Michelucci and opened his first studio in 1979. From then on he began working with Sotheby's auction house and specialized in photographing artworks and objects.

The archive is currently being re-ordered and is not open to consultation. An archive description of the whole collection will be available online as of October 2020.