The fine art photography marketplace is expanding rapidly. Today's global market is attracting new buyers who are transitioning from ephemeral digital images to photographic prints or objects. But collecting is not shopping. Rather, it can be a deeper way to discover our inner selves, in particular, our emotional relationship to images and understanding of their growing role in visual culture. In short, this course will demonstrate how photographs enrich the daily aspects of living.

A two-day workshop in Portland, Maine. We will visit the Portland Art Museum, where participants will have an opportunity to view original prints by notable artists and photographers. A range of collecting topics pertaining to fine art and documentary photography and what’s known as photographic literature, or the photobook will be introduced. Topics to be discussed include the difference between vintage and modern prints, the impact of editions, the importance of provenance, learning how to ‘read’ photographs, online databases that are helpful resources and photobooks and vernacular albums that are garnering more and more attention. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be conversant with photographic terms and jargon describing important aspects of photography.

A range of photographic expressions and modes of representation will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to learning how to develop your own eye and privilege image over technique. The course will address: Portraiture in Cased Images (Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and Tintypes); Early Travel Photography (Salted paper prints and calotype negatives); Albumen prints and cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards; The Kodak Camera and the Rise of Vernacular Snapshots and Photo Albums; Modernism: The Marriage of Art and Commerce; Classical Photography and Poetic Visions; Vernacular Photography and the 3-dimensional photo object or multiple; Contemporary Photography and the Rise of the Artist’s and Trade Book.

What your learn:

  • Key terms associated with photography
  • Understanding the global photographic marketplace



Daile Kaplan

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.


Course Dates

Sep 9 to Sep 10



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