Alain Briot • Collecting Art IV

Collecting art is a minefield of chances taken and emotions felt, but how can you navigate these waters and get what you want? Alan Briot explains

My first real art acquisition was an 11x14 photograph by Ansel Adams printed by Alan Ross. I purchased it because it was offered at an attractive price and because it was by Ansel Adams, a photographer who I revered at the time. I did not think of this purchase as being a collection. The concept of art collection came to me later, after I had acquired several other pieces, all of them purchased at affordable prices from artists I was friends with.

I quickly built a collection, although not a collection that was thought out or that consisted of valuable pieces. Instead, this collection consisted of pieces that were offered to me unexpectedly, purchases made by chance encounters and sometimes purchases made to help an artist in need.

Collecting art can take many aspects. Now, collecting art has taken the form of carefully planned acquisitions. Art is a passion and art purchases are as much about emotion as logic. Rational thought gives way to instant decisions in many instances. Budgets come and go according to the ...

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Alain Briot creates fine art photographs, teaches workshops and offers DVD tutorials. Alain’s three books are available as printed books on and as eBooks on his website.

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