Image: Collecting Class, private visit to Pace Gallery (looking at Nicholas Nixon photographs)

Join us for the next session of ICP Lessons, a 3 day education based lecture series offering insight into ICP’s continuing education faculty and courses hosted by David Campany. ICP faculty member and chair of the Acquisitions Committee, Alice Sachs Zimet, joins Campany to discuss Collecting Basics in three one hour conversations taking place January 12–14, 2022.

Serving today as Chair of both ICP’s and Harvard Art Museums’ Acquisitions Committees, Zimet’s professional journey started 40 years ago at the ICP, as a young intern. How did that journey begin and what was the impetus to buy her first piece? What goes into the collector’s decision-making process today? Zimet provides first-hand guidance about the market for both new and seasoned collectors based on her 35+ year journey building a 300+ piece collection. As we go inside the collector’s mind, photographers will also receive useful tips for advancing their personal practice from how to access the market, get work seen, and get collected.



Session 1: Building Confidence and the Building of a Collection 

Wednesday, January 12, 1–2 PM ET

How did Alice Zimet’s collector journey begin and what was the impetus to buy the first piece? As a collector, what goes into the decision-making process? Were the considerations for those early acquisitions in the mid 1980s different from the considerations today?

Session 2: The World of Collecting: The Evolution of the Market and How to Make Smart Purchases

Thursday, January 13, 1–2 PM ET

What makes up the market? From auction houses, art fairs, to galleries, we’ll look at the evolution of the photography marketplace and the questions to consider before making a purchase.

Session 3: Breaking into the Photography Market: Tips for Image Makers 

Friday, January 14, 1–2 PM ET

How does a photographer get collected?  What does a collector think about? Get inside the collector’s mind and how this might impact a photographer’s practice today. We’ll offer tips to access the market, get work seen and start selling.

About the Series

ICP Lessons is an online lecture series offering an introduction into ICP’s Continuing Education offerings. Each session is organized around a central theme within photographic practice, offering insights and skills through conversations and instructional lectures by ICP faculty, scholars, and leading photographic voices around the globe.

About the Program Format

This program will take place on Zoom. Those who register to attend will receive a confirmation email with a link located at the bottom of the email under ‘Important Information’ to join the lecture through a computer or mobile device.

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Speaker Bios

Alice Sachs Zimet is the President ofArts + Business Partners, a consulting boutique specializing in the fine art photography marketplace as well as corporate sponsorship. As a collector, advisor, and educator, Alice began to collect fine art photography in 1985 and has amassed a collection of over 300 museum-quality images from  20th Century masters to the present. She is Chair, Photography Collections Committee, Harvard Art Museums; Chair, Acquisitions Committee, International Center of Photography (ICP); and a board member, Magnum Foundation. She is on Faculty at Christie’s Education as well as with the ICP School, where she teaches workshops on how to collect photography and how photographers access the marketplace.
Further, Zimet pioneered the field of corporate sponsorship. As Director, Worldwide Cultural Affairs, The Chase Manhattan Bank  (20 years),  she used the arts as a strategic marketing tool across 14 countries and 20 US cities to generate $2 Billion in new business for the bank.  In addition to consulting in the field, Zimet is Adjunct Professor, New York University’s Graduate Program, Arts Administration teaching Corporate Sponsorship and the Arts.
Alice holds a BA in Art History (Syracuse University) and a MA in Art History (New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts). Her career began at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She continues to live and work in New York City as well as to collect.

Event Price

Tickets are $35 for general audience and $30 for ICP members.

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Tickets include access to all three lectures and must be purchased by the start time of the first lecture in the series.

Please note: We make every effort to record each session and make it available to participants up to 14 days after the series, however recordings are not guaranteed. We recommend participants to tune in live if there is a session they don’t want to miss. No refunds will be given for missed lectures.