Daile Kaplan is vice president and director of Photographs at Swann Galleries, New York, where she has set world auction records for 19th and 20th century photobooks and fine art, documentary and vernacular photographs. A curator and collector, she is also photographs specialist on PBS’s tv program Antiques Roadshow. Daile is a champion of photography in its myriad forms and a celebrated lecturer and writer.
She has authored two books about Lewis W. Hine, who coined the term “photo story.” Her first book, Lewis Hine in Europe, The ‘Lost’ Photographs addressed the great social documentary photographer’s European photographs that had been lost for sixty years. Her most recent title, Pop Photographica, Image Objects, highlights vernacular objects from her collection, which was exhibited at the Photo Festival in Arles, France.
She has contributed essays to Click! Photography Changes Everything (Aperture) and The Education of a Photographer (Allsworth Press). A certified, USPAP-compliant appraiser of photographs and photobooks, she was a board member of the Appraisers Association of America for twelve years and is featured in the publication Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide (Appraisers Association of America). She currently serves on the board of trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre.