List of the best resources for photography collectors

List of the best resources for photography collectors


The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) hosts several terrific resources for people who are interested in collecting photography.

On Collecting Photography is AIPAD’s free PDF book written to answer questions for prospective photo collectors.

AIPAD Member Photography Galleries — This long list of AIPAD member galleries provides opportunities to see photographs and learn about collecting. There are galleries in most major North American cities.

Here is a list of museums with substantial photography holdings. Viewing photography in museums is a great way to learn about print quality, examine a variety of historic media, and gain historical awareness.

Texas Photographic Society is a nationally influential photographers’ group. They published a Tech Sheet about collecting photography. Check it out here (launches a PDF).

TPS also hosts an exhaustive list of photography resources here. Scroll down for a long list of photography galleries.


Widewalls (Switzerland, in English): “Collecting Fine Art Photography – Tricks and Tips”

From my website “How long will your photograph last?” This article draws upon the latest imaging research from top labs to offer estimates on the longevity of new art photo prints.

From my blog

“Why I love traditional silver gelatin baryta prints” — Includes a video, and describes why I love to print my own photographs on traditional silver gelatin fiber-based photographic papers.


Below are a handful of books about collecting photography available on Amazon

The Art of Collecting Photography, First Edition
by Laura Noble

Collect Contemporary: Photography
by Jocelyn Phillips

Collecting Photography
by Gerry Badger

Collector’s Guide to Early Photographs, 2nd Edition
by O. Henry Mace

And here is a listing of books about the history of photography.

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~ Keith

Cover Photo: The Half Dome, 4,953 feet, Yosemite, Cal., by Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 – 1916), negative about 1865 – 1872; print about 1882, Albumen silver print. Getty Open Content Program.

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