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    Exhibit advice needed

    I am in the process of negotiating for a year-long exhibit at a major botanical garden (1700 acres) here in Illinois. The exhibit would consist of about 25 framed black and white silver gelatin 16x20 photographs that would be displayed in their research library. I am at a loss as to what to charge them for this project. Are there any websites, or other sources of information that deal with this? Or, anyone here have any experience they care to share? Thanks!
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    Re: Exhibit advice needed

    They aren't buying them, but hanging them for a year?
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    Re: Exhibit advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    They aren't buying them, but hanging them for a year?
    I really want them to purchase the photos, but it looks like they won't be able to and will hang them for a year.
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    Re: Exhibit advice needed

    Nothing.

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    Re: Exhibit advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Wasserman View Post
    I really want them to purchase the photos, but it looks like they won't be able to and will hang them for a year.
    I've sold a few portfolios over the years to institutions that wanted to hang them (or not) for extended periods, but I've never been paid a dime to hang work (baring commissions) that I was getting back at the end of it. Hopefully it will generate value in the form of press, print sales, etc.
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    Re: Exhibit advice needed

    I don't know anyone who charges for a library display. It's considered a community
    favor and might or might not generate the kind of public interest which creates sales.

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    Re: Exhibit advice needed

    I've sold a few portfolios over the years to institutions that wanted to hang them (or not) for extended periods, but I've never been paid a dime to hang work (baring commissions) that I was getting back at the end of it. Hopefully it will generate value in the form of press, print sales, etc.

    Who generally is responsible for framing?
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    Re: Exhibit advice needed

    You should work out some type of rental/lease agreement to at least cover your costs. To do it for free is insanity to me.

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    Re: Exhibit advice needed

    Who generally is responsible for framing?
    There is no "generally" IME. I am doing two shows with the city next year, one with ten prints that they are framing (a commission-they are buying the prints) and a larger one with 25 prints that I am framing. I am also in a group show in Santa Fe next year at the new history museum-they are doing the framing.
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    Re: Exhibit advice needed

    I do some pro nono work, and wouldn't even think of charging the garden. One non-profit year out of the life of an archival photograph is negligible. Do make each photograph one that discerning people would be proud to hang in their homes.

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