In this intensive five-day workshop held in August, participants will be provided with an invaluable overview of the business of the fine art photograph conducted by Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching of the Klompching Gallery. It is specifically appropriate for those fine art photographers who are seeking gallery representation, but require the tools to seriously and professionally position themselves to fulfill such a significant step in their career. This workshop will be limited to a maximum of fourteen participants.

The workshop consists of formal presentations, informing and educating participants thoroughly on each topic that is relevant to taking the next step toward being a career artist. The workshop duration is five days, with each day broken up into a formal presentation, exercises and implementation, group and one-on-one critiques. alongside the formal presentations and topic-related exercises, each participant will be assisted in determining a strong edit of their selected body of work. Workshop attendees will be required to bring a portfolio of viewing  prints, a laptop, and an artist statement.

Day one: The Anatomy of a Gallery

An introductory session on how galleries function, the staff roles, personality of owners, types of sales, common forms of marketing and pr, clients.

Day two: Presenting Yourself and Your Work 

A presentation on the nuts and bolts of presenting yourself and your work in different contexts. specifically, the presentation will look at the physical portfolio, online profile (website), marketing materials and networking.

Day three: Writing About Yourself and Your Work 

The importance of writing bout oneself and one’s artwork is examined by looking at the different contexts in which text is necessary: biography, artist statement, work statement.

Day Four: Pricing and Editioning Photographs

The presentation will examine the varying pricing and editioning models that are common practice. It will introduce a methodology for calculating income/profit from sales, provide a market context and an overview of good practice regarding record keeping.

Day Five: The Art Dealer/Photographer Relationship

The presentation will cover the expectations and requirements of upholding a positive and professional working relationship with a gallery. It will look at contracts/agreements, sales, exhibitions, art fairs, general communication and other partnership responsibilities.

Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop each participant will leave with a good understanding of how the art dealer/ photographer relationship functions. They will be well equipped to confidently take the next step and seek representation and/or exhibition interest from a gallery. specifically, they will have developed the following assets:

  • a well written artist statement, work statement and biography.
  • an editioning/pricing plan for their chosen body of work.
  • a strongly edited portfolio of images, with a clear plan for it’s construction.
  • strategies for navigating the fine art marketplace.

 

NOTE:  This wokrshop will NOT meet on Saturday, but will conclude Friday evening after dinner & screenings of student work.

Instructors

Darren Ching

Established in 2007 by Debra klomp Ching and Darren Ching, the Klompching Gallery specializes in the exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art photographs from its street level space in Brooklyn, New York. The gallery quickly established itself with an international roster of extraordinary contemporary photographers, including Max de Esteban, Lisa M. Robinson, Richard Tuschman, Helen Sear, Robert Moran, and Jim Naughten. Artworks have been placed by the gallery into numerous private and public collections, including the Eastman Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and Museum of Fine arts, Houston. Klompching Gallery is a member of aIpaD (association of International photography art Dealers), the only Brooklyn-based commercial art gallery in its membership. Each July/august the gallery presents FrEsh, its annual summer show of emerging talent, curated from an international open call.

Darren Ching brings nearly two decades of involvement with photography including, panel presentations, jurying of competitions, and contributing to both online and print publications on the subject. Up until spring of 2015, he was Creative Director of PDN, responsible for the design and           intrumental in shaping the visual direction of the magazine since 1999, as well as a perennial judge for the influential PDN’s 30. as an experienced reviewer, he has participated in numerous notable photography review festivals, including FotoFest, Rhubarb-Rhubarb (UK), Review Santa                   Fe, PhotoNola, Photolucida, and Fotografiska (Sweden). additionally, he is an adjunct Faculty member at the school of Visual arts in New York, and has given critiques at MICa, RISD, and SCAD.

 

 

Debra Klomp Ching

Established in 2007 by Debra klomp Ching and Darren Ching, the Klompching Gallery specializes in the exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art photographs from its street level space in Brooklyn, New York. The gallery quickly established itself with an international roster of extraordinary contemporary photographers, including Max de Esteban, Lisa M. Robinson, Richard Tuschman, Helen Sear, Robert Moran, and Jim Naughten. Artworks have been placed by the gallery into numerous private and public collections, including the Eastman Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and Museum of Fine arts, Houston. Klompching Gallery is a member of aIpaD (association of International photography art Dealers), the only Brooklyn-based commercial art gallery in its membership. Each July/august the gallery presents FrEsh, its annual summer show of emerging talent, curated from an international open call.

Debra Klomp Ching is an experienced portfolio reviewer, having attended several notable photography review festivals such as Rhubarb-Rhubarb, FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, New York Times portfolio review Day, Filter photo Festival and Photolucida. In addition to owning and operating the Klompching Gallery, Debra Klomp Ching is a freelance consultant, writer, curator and adjunct faculty at the SVA (School of Visual arts) in New York, and has given critiques at MICA and RISD. her writing has been published in Magenta Magazine, photo-eye Booklist, (re)collect, Nahtsellen, PDN (Photo District News), and she has been a Guest Editor for Photography Quarterly (issue No. 99). In 2010 she curated (with Darren Ching), The Architecture of Space, an exhibition of contemporary U.S. photography for the Flash Forward Festival (Toronto). As a private consultant, she provides creative and professional advice to photographers intending to or working within a fine art context, and to collectors of contemporary photography.

Course Dates

Levels

Tuition

$1395

Class Size

14