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    Posted: 04 September 2015 at 14:38
I'm going to be starting trying to sell some of my work at art/craft shows.

I've already got a canopy, and a table (although I may get another).

What I don't have is any kind of display setup.

Does anyone else do this?

How do you display your work?

Are there good options for framed work besides grids?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 September 2015 at 16:23
What I see most photographers do for local group shows around here is to display a few (3-5) "display ready" images hung from the posts of their canopy (or upon the wire strung between posts). The center of canopy hosts a print bin for browsing, and a few unframed prints displayed upon easels.

Buyers are funny... they may not appreciate your taste of framing. Often they just want the print at lower cost and frame themselves to match their home decor more appropriately to them. Of course the question may arise "can you frame this?" and that allows additional profit generator for you to brag about your custom framer, with one eye and a wooden leg who only squares from the richest grains of sunken pirate ships off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Point being, if you're going to offer framing, make sure it's a very good profit generator for you. Otherwise, why bother?
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Originally posted by Photosopher Photosopher wrote:

What I see most photographers do for local group shows around here is to display a few (3-5) "display ready" images hung from the posts of their canopy (or upon the wire strung between posts). The center of canopy hosts a print bin for browsing, and a few unframed prints displayed upon easels.

Buyers are funny... they may not appreciate your taste of framing. Often they just want the print at lower cost and frame themselves to match their home decor more appropriately to them. Of course the question may arise "can you frame this?" and that allows additional profit generator for you to brag about your custom framer, with one eye and a wooden leg who only squares from the richest grains of sunken pirate ships off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Point being, if you're going to offer framing, make sure it's a very good profit generator for you. Otherwise, why bother?


Thanks for the response.

Yeah, I don't really expect to sell any framed pieces (especially as they're in store-bought frames, not custom ones), but I want people to be able to see what it might look like framed. And if someone wants to buy it... that much better.
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I haven't done it and I've been discouraged by the lack of photography in local shows. In previous years there were some people giving it a try but they seem to have given up. That doesn't mean it won't work in your area though.
This website shows some options (scroll down to "Art Show Walls"): http://www.bobestrin.com/artshow.htm#menu%2010

Good luck, and let us know how it goes for you!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote thornburg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 September 2015 at 19:02
Originally posted by Maxxuman Maxxuman wrote:

I haven't done it and I've been discouraged by the lack of photography in local shows. In previous years there were some people giving it a try but they seem to have given up. That doesn't mean it won't work in your area though.
This website shows some options (scroll down to "Art Show Walls"): http://www.bobestrin.com/artshow.htm#menu%2010

Good luck, and let us know how it goes for you!


Wow.

Thanks for that link.

It's got tons and tons of information.
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You're welcome. Hope it helps.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote thornburg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 September 2015 at 14:43
So, I did my first one yesterday, basically as a tag-along with some friends who already had space (more than they needed).

I sold absolutely nothing, but got some interest, and several people took cards.

I learned several lessons:

1) Be prepared for wind (if outdoors)
2) Signs are important
3) My table is smaller than I thought
4) It might be a good idea to only have one of each print in the box--people don't like seeing multiple of the same thing and give up looking through, or just flip through a few
5) Apparently sealing matted/bagged prints isn't a great idea.
6) Reapply sunscreen frequently and be sure to cover everywhere. (ouch!)

About #5 - Most of my prints are for sale matted & bagged. I buy kits of mats, boards, and bags. The bags are basically peel & stick. They don't form a completely airtight seal, but it's closer than I thought.
The black mats absorbed so much heat from the sun that condensation formed in the top of the bags!
I tried just opening the bags for a few minutes, but that didn't really help.
Cutting slits in the top of the bags seems to have mostly solved the problem, but is kind of unprofessional.

Note that we weren't using a canopy, because I was warned about the wind, and neither of us yet owns any weights for it.
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Sorry to hear nothing sold. Was it a large event? Did you notice if there were any other photographers selling there?
At least you had others sharing the space with you. Otherwise things like bathroom breaks can be an issue!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote thornburg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2015 at 18:51
Originally posted by Maxxuman Maxxuman wrote:

Sorry to hear nothing sold. Was it a large event? Did you notice if there were any other photographers selling there?
At least you had others sharing the space with you. Otherwise things like bathroom breaks can be an issue!


It was a moderately sized event.

Foot traffic was decent, but I was told the last one was better (they do it twice a year).

There were several other photographers there, including one of the friends I was sharing with (luckily, we don't overlap much--he does "analog" photography -- B&W film, mostly of cultural stuff, while I do mostly full color digital photography of nature -- flowers, sunsets, etc).

I think most of the photogs there were there primarily to get exposure (ha ha) more than to sell prints.

Since this show was nearly 3 hours from where I live, I wasn't really trying to drum up portrait or event business.
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Just the opportunity to attend such an event sounds amazing to me. I don't think such events take place near where I live
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 September 2015 at 11:35
Just found this. Amazing amount of info in @Maxxuman's link.

In my local county town (Oakham) Building Societies and Holiday Travel high street shops often display local photographers work. I don't know how commercially successful that is but I often pause and look at the work. Even bought a lovely locally produced hardback book "The Moods of Rutland Water" by Chris Hartnoll I saw in one of the windows.
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Last weekend I went to a local outdoor art show (St Petersburg, Florida, USA).

It seemed like a lot of photographers, and I must have miscounted, I counted 16 photo tents. That was out of 4.5 rows, about 25 tents per row, so out of about 113 artists, about one in eight were photos.

Almost all had a specialty or "look", only one was a "general" variety of different shots/media.

breakdown:
4 metal prints
4 wood (2 recycled wood frames, 1 printed on fencing, 1 printed on pallet slats)
1 canvas prints (I was surprised only one, I thought canvas prints were big now)
1 each of glossy, selective color, mixed media, lots of white space.
I saw four triptychs, each from different photogs.

Most interesting to me was two people who used blur, the kind of intentional camera motion or extreme Orton Effect that some people don't like (I like it a lot but haven't perfected it). One was: http://kcphotography.com/?product_cat=comtemporary-abstracts-gallery

While talking to her, I mentioned what seemed like a lot of photo tents, and she said it has gotten crowded on the show circuit. I said "I wonder if it was the recession of 2008, or if it is the 'digital made it easier effect' " and she said it's the recession, agreeing with my observation that a lot of people (in the US) lost jobs in the recession/depression and took up restauranteuring/catering/brewing or photography or something along those lines. She said she had been a wedding/portrait photog, then with the recession "I lost the middle class", so she went upscale and now only does art prints. When I asked how she transports the large frames, she says she has an "airport shuttle bus" that she loads up and drives, stays in rv parks or crashes with friends, and that's her life now. Apparently she is doing well.

Wonder if anyone else agrees/disagrees, especially is it US-only or is it like that everywhere?
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