Many artists are conflicted about how they will make a living while pursuing their dream of becoming a fine art photographer. It can be very frustrating to be passionate about photography and be compelled to create while facing down the expense the profession requires.
I came up with the idea of finding members to join my studio and support my first field trip to Africa in 1986. At that time I called it "The Artist's Network" but soon realized I had to think bigger. I found ten people to become sponsors and share equally in the cost of sending me to Africa. Each sponsor received a portfolio for their advance funding and belief in my ability to follow through on the project. Each portfolio edition corresponded with the order each sponsor sent in their checks. To my amazement, I found all ten sponsors in about six weeks and was taking my first trip to Africa.
Since that first field trip, I have raised funds for my work both in the field as well as the on-going-work-in-progress. The format and method have evolved over the years and I am pleased to report the Collector's Circle has allowed me to remain a working artist for over 25 years!
I'm in the process of writing a guide for young artists who are interested in starting their own Collector's Circle. (to find out more about this, email me with "Guidebook" in the header)
Here are a few familiar names of some of the better known people who have collected my work this way.
Gloria Steinem, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Graham Nash, Alice Walker, Tom Mankiewicz, Bonnie Raitt, Heavy "D", Doug E. Doug, among many others...
Sponsors include; the Eastman Kodak Company, Le Bibliotheque Nationale, the Foundation FRAC, France