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Workshops

Arts + Business Partners (ABP) offers a variety of workshops (in person and virtual) geared towards collectors, photographers and anyone interested in learning more about the fine art photography marketplace.

Our workshop options range from a 5-session collecting ‘bootcamp’, to an intensive branding workshop for photographers looking to break into the marketplace, to a 2-hour seminar diving “Inside the Collector’s Mind” or exploring "How to Find a Gallery for Your Work." Each is its own master class.

Taught by Alice Sachs Zimet, an educator, collector and advisor active in the field for 35+ years and who has amassed a collection of nearly 350 photographs from 20th Century masters to the present. Zimet’s expertise and passion for fine art photography has engaged roughly 800 students from across Europe, Asia and the United States. 

Current workshops are offered with Christie’s Education, Swann Auction Galleries, the International Center of Photography, Maine Media Workshops + College, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, among others.

Workshop Clients

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19/19 Investment Council LLC

AXA Art Americas 

American Society of Media Photographers

American Photography Archives Group (APAG)

Aperture Foundation

BAXTER ST at Camera Club of New York 

B&H 

Center for Creative Photography 

Center for Photography at Woodstock

Christie's Education

FotoFest 

Griffin Museum of Photography

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Business School Club of New York

Harvard Club of Phoenix

Heritage Auctions

International Center of Photography 

The Jewish Museum 

Los Angeles Center of Photography

Maine Media Workshops + College

Palm Springs Photo Festival

Phillips 

PhotoPlus 

Photographic Resource Center 

Professional Women Photographers 

Rye Arts Center 

School of Visual Arts 

Shoreline Arts Alliance

Swann Auction Galleries 

United Jewish Appeal 

UBS

Testimonials

"Whether for seasoned collectors or those just getting started, Alice’s ‘bootcamp’ is an engaging and informative roadmap to the photography market. Her passion is contagious and her insights invaluable.”

— Martha Tedeschi

Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, Harvard Art Museums

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Upcoming Workshops

Making Work… Now What? How to Break Into the Art World
2-Part / 2-Day Series

Time: 11 - 6 pm EST

Date: 2 Saturdays, February 4 + 11, 2023

Fee: $450

This 2-part virtual course teaches photographers how to break into the photography market, as well as how to better communicate about their work – whether talking to a dealer, collector or at a portfolio review. We offer advice on how to find a gallery, and insider tips on what to do –and what not to do. We’ll talk about online platforms, benefit auctions, and offer abundant tips on how to best present at a portfolio review. Finally, because how you talk about your work is almost as important as making it, we’ll teach you how to write and speak about your photographs, including a peer-critique presentation.

 

Offered by Maine Media Workshops + College

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Inside the Collector's Mind
2-Hour Session

Time: 5 - 7 pm EST

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Fee: $150

Join us virtually as we go inside the collector’s mind! Serving as the Chair of the Acquisition Committee at both the Harvard Art Museums and the International Center of Photography, Alice Sachs Zimet began collecting photography in 1985 and has amassed a collection of over 300 museum-quality images. How did that journey begin, what was the impetus to buy her first piece, and what goes into the collector’s decision-making process? No matter what level, collectors will gain insight into the world of fine art photography from a pioneer collector. Photographers will better understand the collector perspective and receive tips to advance their own practice in order to get collected.

 

Offered by Maine Media Workshops + College

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Photo by Grace Roselli, Pandora’s BoxX Project

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Collecting Photography 101: The Do's and Don'ts
5-Part Series

Time: 5 - 6:30 pm EST

Date: 5 Tuesdays: February 28 - March 28, 2023

Fee: $595

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 a pioneer collector. 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.

 

Offered by Maine Media Workshops + College

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A Peek Behind the Curtain: What Collectors Look For
5-Part Series

Time: 1 - 3 pm EST

Date: 5 Thursdays: March 2 - 30, 2023

Fee: $575

Join us as we cover a different topic each week tied to the fine art photography marketplace. Topics include the questions to ask, where to shop, galleries vs art fairs, and how to buy at auction. To round out the class, you’ll get an inside peek into how the instructor built her own 300-piece collection plus we’ll conclude with virtual visits with two prominent photo dealers. No matter if you've already started to collect, just dipping your toes, or a curious photographer wanting to learn more, you’ll leave this workshop with greater confidence and knowledge about the mechanics of today’s fine art photography marketplace.

 

Offered by The Los Angeles Center of Photography

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Finding a Gallery for Your Work: A Peek Behind the Curtain
8-Part Series

Time: 12 - 2 pm EST

Date: 8 Tuesdays: March 21 - May 9, 2023

Fee: $525

Taught by a pioneer collector and Chair of ICP's Acquisitions Committee, this class is designed for photographers with a body of work ready to be shown. The eight-part virtual series provides hands-on strategies and practical tips on how to gain representation, advance your practice, and get your work collected. Each week, we focus on a different subject, ranging from Questions Collectors Ask to How to Promote and Present Yourself. We end with peer critique of your "elevator speech" and promotional materials. Students become more aware of how the art world works and how to access it better.

 

Offered by The International Center of Photography

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Finding a Gallery for Your Work
2-Hour Seminar

Time: 1 - 3 pm EST (11 am - 1 pm MST)

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Fee: $50 for non-members / $45 for members

This 2-hour seminar will offer photographers an inside perspective from a pioneer collector on how to access the fine art marketplace. Learn the questions collectors ask and how this might impact your practice. We’ll discuss how to find the ‘right’ gallery, proper etiquette when approaching them (including what not to do), and marketing materials needed in order to get your name out into the marketplace.

 

Offered by The Colorado Photographic Arts Center

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Finding a Gallery (CPAC)
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