4-part virtual series
June 8 – June 29, 2021
Tuesdays (noon – 1:30pm CT)
Max Enrollment: 15

Price: $425
Discounted price of $360 for:
Current, Renewing or New FotoFest First Look Members at Collectors Circle level and up*

RSVP: or text 1.917.689.3588
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OVERVIEW: Following our ‘Collecting Photography’ introduction on May 25, we are offering a
deeper dive into the world of collecting photography with this 4-part virtual series, beginning June 8.

‘Collecting Photography 101: Inside a Collector’s Mind’ covers everything you need to know to dive into collecting photography and become a savvier collector. We’ll discuss where to shop (auctions vs galleries vs art fairs), the questions to ask before making a purchase, vintage vs later prints, the im-portance of condition, how to buy at auction, as well as the administrative chores. An optional col-lecting assignment will round off the experience for a hands-on taste of what to expect when con-sidering a purchase whether from a gallery, auction house or online venue.

Session #1: Thoughts Before You Spend a Penny / Questions to Ask When Shopping covers every-thing you need to know before purchasing a photograph (budget considerations, installation, record keeping, signature, dates, and condition). (June 8).

Session #2: The Marketplace looks at where to shop and the different venues to purchase work from galleries, art fairs, auctions to online portals and non-profits. Plus, we’ll discuss the impact of COVID on the marketplace. (June 15)

Session #3: 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, and the questions to ask as well as benefit auctions and post-sale opportunities. (June 22)

Session #4: Virtual Gallery Visits takes us behind-the-scenes to two prominent New York City
photography galleries to learn directly from the dealers about the artists they represent, how they deal with collectors and the business of running a gallery in today’s environment. (June 29)


Alice Sachs Zimet, President, Arts + Business Partners (ABP), began to collect photography in 1985 and has amassed a collection of nearly 300 museum-quality images from 20th Century masters through the present. Alice is Chair, Photography Curatorial Committee, Harvard Art Museums; board member, Magnum Foundation; Chair, Acquisitions Committee, International Center of Photography (ICP); and on Faculty at the ICP School, Christie’s Education and Maine Media Workshops + College.
A “Collector Profile” was recently published in The Photograph Collector.

Alice founded ABP to advise arts groups and business sponsors on corporate sponsorship, after a 20-year career as Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank. She created the first corporate sponsorship program in a commercial bank, worked across 14 countries and generat-ed over $2 billion using the arts as a strategic marketing tool. Alice lives and works in New York City and continues to collect, advise and offer workshops for photographers and collectors on the art
Photography marketplace


* FotoFest First Look Membership Program: Members of the FotoFest First Look program join a special group of people who are eager to see, experience, and learn about photography and enjoy new media arts! FotoFest is the longest-running international Biennial of photography and new me-dia art in the United States. Year round, it exhibits contemporary and historical photography and photo-related art by local, national and international artists, fostering cross-cultural exchange. The First Look program provides priority access to exhibition receptions and tours, open portfolios walk, artists’ salons, visits to private collections, group visits to galleries and museums, travel programs and collecting opportunities. Members get the “first look” at the FotoFest Biennial and exhibitions, while providing essential support for its art programs and artists from around the world.

Collectors Circle level ($500) offers:
• Priority access to Exclusive Conversations on photography, new media arts, connoisseurship and collecting
• Invitation to FotoFest Biennial VIP Grand Opening
• Invitations Private Artists Salons
• Complimentary FotoFest Biennial Book

Explorers Club ($1,000) offers all Collectors Circle benefits plus:
• Access to Exclusive International Travel Program, including special tours of art fairs like PARIS PHOTO and curated visits to galleries and museums accompanied by FotoFest Director
• Invitations to Special VIP Dinners with FotoFest Director, exhibiting Artists and guest Curators
• Acknowledgement on FotoFest website and relevant publications.

Join FotoFest First look Collectors Circle to get access to this series: