Seminars for Collectors



See our current seminar for collectors, New Practices for Collecting Photographs here.

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Attendees will learn the basics of collecting photography, how to build a collection, what to buy, where to buy and much more. A maximum of 25 people will be accepted for the seminar.

Seminar will be led by Daniel Miller, owner and director of Duncan Miller Gallery. Miller created the successful program “Collector’s Favorites” for the Photo Arts Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He received an official proclamation from the City of Los Angeles for developing The Los Angeles Collection photography exhibition that was shown in LA and Seoul, Korea. He regularly consults beginning and established collectors – including celebrities, investors, philanthropists and dignitaries (recently including several Ambassadors, and the Princess of Spain). According to Miller “While I’m lucky to have many important clients, I really enjoy working with beginning collectors.” The gallery’s substantial inventory includes rare blue-chip classics along with a variety of contemporary photographic artists. Read what seminar attendees have written here.

Seminar outline:
(Note – this seminar is designed for beginning and intermediate photography collectors)

– A brief history of photography
A fast overview of 175 years of photography

– Early collecting
The origins of collecting photographs

– Kinds of photographic prints
With dozens of kinds of prints, what you need to know

– The value of photographs
What are the indicators of value, and how pricing works

– Photographs as investments
Is considering a photograph a good investment, or even investment-worthy?

– How to select photographs
What appeals to you?

– How to build a collection of your own
What are the strategies for creating a collection?

– Vintage prints vs. modern prints
What are the actual differences, and why does it matter?

– Editions
How they work, what is the value of an edition?

– Stay educated
Resources, web sites, people, magazines, books, etc.

– Where to buy and how to buy smart
Ebay, Craigslist, Standard auction houses, Charity auctions, art fairs, galleries and dealers


Another seminar coming soon:
“Photography Collecting (Advanced): Managing your collection”


This outline is subject to change.