A Dealer's Perspective

Old and New Beginnings

In the fall of 1971, I was fresh out of college with nothing much but a degree and a love of photography. My own abilities in the field left something to be desired. Rather than becoming a practitioner myself, I thought it would be nice to have an art gallery showing people who really did exhibit some talent.

The photographs I showed were inexpensive and quite likable: "art for the people". It was a step into a very uncertain future. Even though market forces raised prices considerably (I used to sell Ansel Adams for $250.00!), I still continued to include many non-household names.

Now, I am beginning again with a presence on the world wide web, and likewise the future is cloudy. There are big questions like "will there be enough interest to justify all the time this is taking?" to smaller ones like "why doesn't the html code change a font properly in one browser but not in another?".

At any rate, I have tried to put together an attractive, informative web site. Some of the pages load slowly, but not excruciatingly so. (For the time being I am not upgrading my 14,400 modem so I can experience with my pages the same delays endured by most people surfing the net.) As beautiful as I can make the site, the reproduction of the photographs themselves is still lacking when compared with the normal standards of the field. Fortunately, new technology is solving these problems at a swift rate.

From time to time, I will write a brief essay from a dealer's perspective. We hear from photographers all the time but seldom from gallery owners. I hope you enjoy reading some of the interesting experiences and opinions I have accumulated over the last 25 years. Happy surfing! (May 30, 1996)