People have been collecting photographs ever since they were put up for sale for the very first time in 1850. Compared to other collectibles, photographs are more expensive. However, the value that photographs offer more than make up for the difference in price between them and other collectibles. Photographs stimulate you and give you pleasure: this is probably the biggest reason to collect them.
Although people have been buying photographs since mid 1800s, it wasn’t until the 1970s that they became recognized as collectibles. Since photographs have been a collectible for only a brief period of time, there are no established guides for collecting them. Nonetheless, there are some basic rules for collecting photographs including what to collect and where to buy. If you want to collect photographs but aren’t sure how to go about it then you need to keep the following things in mind.
Before you buy any photograph for your collection, you must determine its true worth. This means that you must find out a justified price for the photograph you’re looking to buy. A photo that has historical significance will cost you a lot more than a photograph of a local attraction taken by a semi-pro photographer. Therefore, to determine a justifiable price for the photo you’re buying, consider who took it and the importance of the event/location in it
What to collect
People collect all sorts of photographs. Some people collect still life or portraits, others collect photos of landscapes of a particular region and there are some who collect photos that depict historical or significant events. Nothing makes one type of photographs better than the other. Focus on collecting the type of photographs that interests you the most. Also, a good thing to do would be collecting photographs with higher monetary or sentimental value.
Important things to remember
Before you start buying or collecting photographs, there are a few things that you must always keep in mind and ensure. First and foremost, it’s absolutely necessary for you to stay current. The best way to refine your eye is seeing at every possibility and there’s a lot to see since the photographs market is diverse and robust. As a photograph collector, an important thing for you to keep in mind is that classic photos never go out of style. Iconic images found in museums and history books have been and will continue to be significant.
Finally, see if any information is available with the photograph. Often, people buy photographs just for the sake of making it a part of their collection. However, there is no point of making a photograph a part of your collection if you don’t know its significance or what it’s about. Therefore, you must look for photographs that come with some sort of information on them.
Where to buy
For any photograph collector, knowing where to buy the photographs is essential. Generally, you can get photographs from four different sources including dealers, exhibitions, photographers, and auctions. Therefore, find out about the dealers, exhibitions, photographers, and auctions in your area.
There you have it—how to collect photographs. By considering the aforementioned things, you’ll be able to buy/collect photographs that offer you the most value.