Join us for an insider peek into the world of collecting photography and the commercial marketplace.

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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format.
Class meets Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm ET for five sessions.

While photography is a multiple, each photograph is unique, which often makes it more challenging than buying a Van Gogh painting. This 5-session “Bootcamp” covers the basics of collecting photography. We’ll discuss where to shop (auctions, galleries, art fairs), the questions to ask, vintage vs. later prints, the importance of condition, as well as the administrative chores and a deep dive into how to buy at auction. A visit with prominent photography dealers rounds out the experience.  This class is aimed at the novice to more seasoned collector as well as the curious photographer interested in getting ‘inside the collector’s mind’.

Class 1: Building a Collection / Top 10 Tips to Buying Photography: Starts with an in-depth look at how the instructor built her own 300+ piece collection. We’ll then cover the top 10 tips to becoming a smart collector and finding the curator within you.

Class 2:  Thoughts Before You Spend a Penny and the Questions to Ask: Covers everything you need to know before purchasing a photograph (budget considerations, installation, record keeping, philosophy, themes) as well as the questions to ask (signature, dates, condition, etc.)

Class 3:  The Marketplace: Looks at the different venues to purchase work: galleries, art fairs, auctions, online portals and non-profits, including pre Covid and current trends.

Class 4: How to Buy at Auction: Takes a deep dive into the auction world and includes how to read a catalog, commissions, reserves, estimates, auction language, the questions to ask as well as benefit auctions and post-sale opportunities.

Class 5:  Virtual Gallery Visits:  Where we go on the virtual road and visit two prominent photography galleries to learn from the dealers directly about how they choose  the artists they represent and the business of running a gallery in today.

Robert Mann Gallery (NYC)
Founded in 1985, Robert Mann Gallery represents an international roster of prominent contemporary artists that continue to push the role of the photographic medium through unique visions and stylistic innovation. The gallery’s program includes a strong group of women artists many of whom use narrative-based work to tell stories through image (Holly Andres, Julie Blackmon, Cig Harvey) as well as a core collection of landscape artists (Jeff Brows, Murray Fredericks, Michael Kenna, Maroesjka Lavigne). The gallery pairs this with an outstanding collection of 20th Century masters including works by Ansel Adams, Elisabeth Hase, Aaron Siskind, and Margaret Watkins, among others. Caroline Wall, Director of the Robert Mann Gallery, graduated from McGill University with a degree in Art History and began her career in the art world at the O’Hara Gallery before joining the team at Robert Mann Gallery in 2006. With the gallery, Caroline has participated in many national and international art fairs and works with numerous contemporary photographers and estates organizing both solo and curated group exhibitions. Caroline is a member of the Board of Directors of AIPAD.

Candela Gallery (Richmond, VA)
Candela’s mission is to support contemporary photography through the exhibition and educational programming, publication opportunities, and community-building. Gordon Stettinius founded Candela Books in 2010 as an independent photobook publisher and founded Candela Gallery in 2011. The gallery produces 7-8 feature exhibitions a year; one or two book-related exhibitions each year; and one unbridled, free-for-all, group exhibition each summer. The annual summer exhibition, Unbound!, raises funds and acquires work from the annual exhibition for the Candela Collection, which will be donated, ultimately, to another permanent collection.

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Instructor: Alice Sachs Zimet

Alice Sachs Zimet has been a collector of fine photography for 30+ 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, Acquisitions Committee, ICP. Independent educator and consultant, Corporate Sponsorship. 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.