Date: Mar 16, 2020Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

POSTPONED – Top Ten Do’s & Don’ts to Collecting Photography Today

Mon, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
General PublicArts & Culture


Learn how to collect photography from the Chair of the Harvard Art Museums’ Photography Curatorial Committee! No matter if you’re a beginner or seasoned collector, learn how to avoid common mistakes, and approach the market with an insider perspective, whether buying for fun or to create a world-class collection for yourself or your organization.

Alice Sachs Zimet is Chair of the Harvard Art Museums’ Photography Curatorial Committee, as well as the Chair of the Acquisitions Committee at the International Center of Photography and a founding board member of the Magnum Foundation. She is a pioneer in the field, having begun to collect in 1985 when few considered photography as a legitimate art form. Today, she is one of the world’s top experts on how to collect photography and build a collection. In addition, she offers workshops and is a private advisor. She has taught workshops across the United States at museums, art fairs, photo festivals, auction houses and many other non-profits where hundreds have experienced her expertise on how to design and develop a collection.

Tonight, Alice will offer her top ten tips — the ‘do’s and don’ts’ — to becoming a successful collector. Learn the questions to ask, where to shop, and issues to avoid, using real world situations including her own 300-piece museum-quality collection.

If the idea of collecting photography — whether buying a single photo for your home or building a major collection as your legacy — has ever occurred to you, you will not want to miss hearing Alice’s advice and suggestions.

Her guidance will be extremely timely, because America’s most important fine art photography fair, “Paris Photo New York” (formerly known as AIPAD), takes place the first week of April in New York City. Make sure you are prepared by hearing an insider’s point of view on the market, the players, and how you can participate. You will be encouraged to ask any questions you wish, so don’t be shy!

Please see the article “Alice Sachs Zimet – Straddling the Arts & Business” from Private Air New York magazine for more background. More info on Alice is available at



Alice Sachs Zimet

President, Arts+Business Partners

Alice Sachs Zimet is a collector, advisor, and educator who began to collect photography in 1985. Alice is Chair, Photography Curatorial Committee, Harvard Art Museums; Board Member, Magnum Foundation; and Chair, Acquisitions Committee, International Center of Photography (ICP). Alice is also on the Faculty at the ICP School and teaches at the Maine Media College + Workshop. She has consulted with such clients as the Jewish Museum, the American Society of Media Photographers, Christie’s, Heritage Auctions, Phillips, the Palm Springs Photo Festival and UBS.

Alice has detailed and extensive knowledge of the fine art photography marketplace based on her long-term relationships with many of the world’s leading photography galleries and auction houses. Alice has a Master’s Degree (Art History) from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and a BA (Art History) from a Syracuse University with a year off to study at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then spent 20 years as Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank.

Photo by Grace Roselli


Date Time

Date: Mar 16, 2020Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


  • Free / Patron Members
  • 15 / Member/Member Guest (limit one)
  • 35 / Non-Members


Brooke Biederman, Amy Binder, Rebecca Binder, Lucy-Ann Bouwman, Carole Burack, Daniel Burack, Elizabeth Fairfax Brown, Edouard Felenbok, Alexandre Ginet, Anne Haack, Rena Han, Adam Heltzer, Robin Krasny, Donald Layton, Alison Lyness, Jody Mansbach, Erin McKinnon, William Meurer, John O'Donnell, Sinem Ormeci, GABRIEL PIZZI, David Rupert, Alice Sachs Zimet, Jacquie Sandberg, Ronald Shorr, Barbara Sullivan, Jessica Ziegler, angelique augereau, suzanne strassburger


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