You might want to visit the I Photo Central web site's special section on Collecting Issues and Resources. We just added another new article entitled "On Connoisseurship and Print Values: A Discussion." You can find it at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/collecting/collecting.php .
This article is devoted to a very important subject: connoisseurship and the print. This should be a topic of primary concern for any collector, institution or dealer. What goes into evaluating and determining the collectability of any photograph is not easy to discuss, because so much is subjective and determined by the experience of the viewer. And price--on at least rare items--can be equally subjective and determined even by environment, as much as the image itself. This article will provide a beginning education on the various factors to consider in regards to a photograph.
I should remind everyone that we are constantly updating the articles in this series. Besides this new article, topics posted on this section of the I Photo Central website include: The Insider's Guide to Buying and Selling Photographs; Risk Management And Insurance For Private Collectors, Dealers, Gallery Owners And Museums; The Ins And Outs Of Photography Appraisals; Books for a Basic Photography Collecting Library; and Determining the Vintage of a Print.
Planned articles for this section include: Tax Impacts, Conservation and Preservation of Photographs, and Framing and Matting Your Collection.
The articles are usually fairly in-depth and comprehensive, and--as I noted above--we are constantly bringing them up to date as new information becomes available. This is a good place to go for even experienced photography collectors, curators and dealers.
I Photo Central and Vintage Works have also added a new Special Exhibit called "Masterworks from the First Half of the 20th Century," which is now on display at http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase.php .
This web show contains top work from such well-known photographers as Adams, Atget, Bing, Brigman, Demachy, Edgerton, Horst, Kertesz, Lartigue, Man Ray, Misonne, Steichen, Stieglitz, Tabard, Weston and White. But there are also some wonderful surprises from lesser-known photographers including Aznar, Balogh, Dreville, Kesting, Khalip, Schell, Steinert, Styrsky, Sudre, and Weiss.
Another Special Exhibit entitled "Gustave Le Gray: 19th-Century Master is also now up on both sites and can be viewed at the same URL address.
Of course, you should also visit the other six Special Exhibits currently showing on I Photo Central.