Taught by a pioneer fine photography collector, this 5-part online workshop covers the Do's and Don'ts of collecting photography for beginners, zealous collectors or photographers interested learning about the market.

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Note: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets 5 Thursdays, Sep 28, Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 12-1:30pm ET.

Overwhelmed by the photography market? Whether a beginner or more zealous collector or a photographer interested in learning more, join this 5-part virtual series. We provide the basics on collecting photography, with abundant insider tips from pioneer collector, Alice Sachs Zimet. Each week, we focus on a different subject — questions to ask before you spend a penny, where to shop, how to buy at auction to virtual visits with prominent dealers. Topics include budget considerations, record keeping, signature indications, negative vs. print date, condition and much more! No matter a collector or photographer, you’ll become more confident and knowledgeable about the photography marketplace.

What you’ll learn & Schedule

Class meets Thursdays, 12-1:30pm ET for five sessions:

Session #1, Sep 28:

  • Building a Collection: Insider peek into the instructor’s 300-piece collection.

Session #2, Oct 5:

  • Thoughts to Consider / Questions to Ask Before Spending a Penny.

Session #3 Oct 12:

  • The Marketplace: Galleries, Art Fairs, Auctions, and Online Market.

Session #4, Oct 19:

  • How to Buy at Auction.

Session #5, Oct 26:

  • Virtual gallery visits with two prominent dealers.

If you’re a photographer wanting to get your work into a gallery or the fine art marketplace, take a look at our 5-part workshop Making Work… Now What? How to Get Out into the Art World (Online).


“If you are interested in starting a collection, learning about the art market, or having fun, you should take a workshop with Alice.  She is enthusiastic and passionate and possesses deep experience and knowledge of photography.” David Little, Executive Director, International Center of Photography

“Alice’s classes are insightful and engaging. She covers all of the educational tools necessary to navigate the photography market today.” – Sara Weintraub, Program Director, Christie’s Education

“The wealth of shared information gave me the confidence to start to collect after years of ‘looking.’ Alice’s enthusiasm is infectious and her own collecting history, inspiring.” Susan S.

“Alice’s enthusiasm is contagious – I’ve caught the collecting bug, and now feel so much more empowered.”

“An informative, interactive, and fabulous class – highly recommended to anyone who loves photography, is interested in becoming a collector or just curious about photography’s role in the art world.”

“Rare access to curators and gallery owners provided a unique ‘insider’ peek. An exceptional learning experience!”

“Alice is an absolute force of nature – hugely energetic, entertaining, and smart as a whip… Her workshop was one of the best classes I’ve ever taken!”

“Alice helped me understand the complexities around collecting. I bought my first photograph during the Christie’s course and couldn’t have done it without her.” – Kaido

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Instructor: Alice Sachs Zimet

Alice Sachs Zimet has been a collector of fine photography for close to 40 years, as well as an educator, consultant, and advisor with regular participation in juries, portfolio reviews, and festivals. Faculty, International Center of Photography (ICP) School. Chair, Photography Curatorial Committee, Harvard Art Museums. Board, Magnum Foundation. Chair, Collections Committee, ICP. Advisory Board Member: Center of Photography at Woodstock (CPW), American Photography Archives Group (APAG) and PHOTOFAIRS New York. Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program, Arts Administration, Steinhardt School, New York University. Bachelor’s Degree (Art History), Syracuse University. Studied art history at the Sorbonne, Paris, France. Master’s Degree (Art History), New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Research Assistant, Grey Art Gallery. Manager, Summer Intern Program, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manager, Direct Mail Publications Program, American Federation of Arts. Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank.