The experience of most new collectors of photography is the same: they are greatly attracted by what they see offered, but lack the confidence necessary to start collecting. This is because novice collectors need information MORE than they need photographs! People do not want to make costly, inhibiting mistakes as collectors, and there is no reason why they should have to. Because we feel that knowledge breeds confidence, Alan Klotz Gallery offers a Collector’s Seminar. The seminar is divided into three sessions, each two – three hours in length.
SESSION I – OVERVIEW
A survey of the variety of imagery offered by the photographic medium linked to a detailed review of each participant’s areas of interest if known, the demystification of definitions of collecting jargon, as well as a discussion of a connoisseur’s list of collecting issues and how they impact value.
SESSION II – CONNOISSEURSHIP
How to recognize different photographic processes (eg. salt prints, albumen prints, platinum prints, gravures); how to date photographs with black light and by eye; how to identify vintage from later prints; recognizing signatures and stamps; information on limited editions; what questions to ask before you buy; how the law protects buyers.
SESSION III – THE PHOTOGRAPHIC MARKETPLACE
Where does one go to find photographs? This session is an orientation to sources, both of information (historical texts, collector’s guides, on line databases, catalogues, museums), and photographs (galleries, dealers, auction houses, internet opportunities, etc.) and survey of conservation and preservation procedures of photographs.
All sessions will be held at Alan Klotz Gallery, 740 West End Avenue, Suite 52. The seminar will use a hands-on approach to the material (ie all sessions will use original photographs and NOT slides as examples). Tuition for the three-session Collector’s Seminar is $250. If you bring a friend or spouse, the tuition would be $450. Each seminar will be limited to ten participants. If you are interested in attending one of our Collector’s Seminars please contact us.