An intensive two-day workshop for fine art photographers, on the nuts & bolts of working with art galleries. A 'how-to' on seeking representation and then how to make the artist/gallerist relationship a successful one.

“Clear, comprehensive and impeccably organized”.—Inga Peterson

"What most impressed me was that you were so willing to share your knowledge about the daily goings-on that take place in the backroom".—John Barnard


The two-day workshop consists of formal presentations, hands-on exercises and group critiques/discussion, dealing with the key fundamentals to successfully gain representation, and then how to successfully fulfill the obligations of the artist/gallery collaboration. Throughout the workshop, participants are encouraged to ask questions—no question is too big or too small. The workshop is devised and delivered by Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching (see bios below).

This workshop is ideally suited to photographers wishing to enter into the fine art market, photographers seeking representation with a gallery, and photographers already working with galleries informally. Photographers should already have one or more portfolios of artwork that are exhibition and/or sale ready.  

Venue: Klompching Gallery, 89 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hours: Saturday, February 24th, 10am – 6pm and Sunday, February 25th, 10am – 6pm

Workshop participants are required to bring the following: 

  • A completed portfolio of exhibition-ready, sale-ready photographs
  • Drafted or completed biography, artist and project statements
  • Accessible website and social media
  • Laptop for undertaking exercises: word/pages and excel/numbers will be used
  • Examples of current branding/promotional materials
  • Any existing sales and inventory sheets

Presentations include:

  • Presenting yourself and your work: portofolio, written text, marketing/pr, use of social media, pitching
  • The anatomy of a gallery
  • Key elements of working with a gallery - contracts, inventory, sales fulfillment etc. 
  • Pricing and editioning models

Exercises include:

  • Drafting up and finalizing a biography, artist statement and project statement
  • Critique of existing marketing assets including portfolio of photographs, website and social media
  • Determining an appropriate pricing and editioning model and method of record-keeping
  • Determining an action plan to follow-on from what is learned

The two–day workshop will be wrapped up with wine and refreshments on Sunday, 6pm–7pm

FURTHER INFORMATION: Please email Debra Klomp Ching or call +1 212 796 2070 

Darren Ching brings nearly two decades of involvement with photography including, panel presentations, jurying of competitions, and contributing to both online and print publications on the subject. Up until spring of 2015, he was Creative Director of PDN, responsible for the design and intrumental in shaping the visual direction of the magazine since 1999, as well as a perennial judge for the influential PDN’s 30. as an experienced reviewer, he has participated in numerous notable photography review festivals, including FotoFest, Rhubarb-Rhubarb (UK), Review Santa Fe, PhotoNola, Photolucida, and Fotografiska (Sweden). He has served as Adjunct Faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York (2014–2017), and has given critiques at MICA, RISD, and SCAD.

Debra Klomp Ching has been working with photography since the 1980s. She is an experienced curator, portfolio reviewer, private consultant, lecturer, writer and art dealer. In addition to owning and running the Klompching Gallery, she is an Adjunct Faculty member of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, is active as a juror/judge for photography awards including Photolucida's Critical Mass, and the Lensculture International Emerging Talent Awards (2017). She regularly attends Portfolio Review Festivals including the  prestigious FotoFest Meeting Place in Houston. Her writing has been published in several publications, including PDN, Nahtsellen, Photo-eye Booklist, has been a guest editor for Photography Quarterly (Issue No. 99) and is a photo editor for At Length. As a private consultant, she provides creative and professional advice to photographers intending to or working within a fine art context, and to collectors of contemporary photography.