At the July meeting of the Philly SMUG, held at Calumet Photographic, 39 members were in attendance to receive some great tips from Sarah Stolfa on successful ways to exhibit their work. As is usually the case, it was a very enthusiastic group that gathered for this lecture.
Sarah Stolfa, a musician and photographer, is the founder and director of The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC). The PPAC is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services for anyone interested in photography and the arts. Sarah’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. In addition, she has received many awards for her photography throughout her career.
- Use a high quality printer or printing service
- When framing the photo, it is always important to use a custom frame
- Exhibit the work in 16″ x 20″ or larger sizes
- Have the final work ready for installation at the gallery
Other aspects talked about during the presentation were research and networking. Sarah noted that in order to be successful, “You have to do your homework and research what type of images galleries show.” She pointed out that we need to tailor our efforts to those galleries that are a good fit for our photography. It’s also a plus to try and network face to face and to know who we are talking to. Above all else, be nice to everyone, because you never know what door may open at any given meeting.
Joe is a freelance photographer based in Wilmington, DE. He is currently shooting with an Olympus E-30 & E-520, and he is also transitioning to the Olympus mirrorless system.