About Penelope Dixon & Associates

Penelope A. Dixon began an independent appraisal firm specializing in Fine Art Photography in 1981. She is currently a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and formerly a Senior Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers (1981-2007) where she became the first specialist certified in photography. Penelope Dixon & Associates has special expertise in providing appraisals of extensive collections as well as photographers’ archives and estates. Some of these include The Petersen Publishing Group (over five million images); The New York Times (over one million photographs); the Gilder/Lehrman Civil War Collection (over 5,000 items); Blackstar Picture Agency (over 280,000 items); The Gilman Paper Company (over 1,300 items); Magnum New York (over 196,000 items); the Associated Press (over four million items); and National Geographic (over seven million items).  Other important estates and archives which we have appraised include those of the Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Arnold Newman, O. Winston Link, Linda McCartney, August Sander,  Bruce Davidson, Elliot Erwitt, Larry Fink, David Levinthal, and James Nachtwey, among others. Three interesting document archives have included those of George Eastman, Time/Life and Beaumont Newhall.  Beyond photography, our firm also appraises film and architectural archives.

In addition to our appraisals in the United States, we have worked extensively in Canada, Europe and Central America. The value of the archives, estates and private collections that have been appraised since 2002 averages more than one hundred million dollars each year.

Over the past thirty years, Penelope Dixon & Associates has given a number of lectures and participated in panel discussions on the topics of appraising and collecting photographs. Among these are talks at the Houston Museum of Art, The Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, the AAA Conference in New York, the New School for Social Research, New York City, Albright  Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Photo Sante Fe, and Contact Toronto. We always have a representative at the major auctions and photography fairs to ensure that we have the most up-to-date knowledge of the market.

Our firm is equipped with the newest technology to enable us to better serve our clients. Our custom-made databases incorporate images to easily produce a visual catalog. Additionally we use state-of-the-art digital cameras, scanners and a color laser printer to enhance our appraisals.

Over the years Penelope Dixon & Associates has served an array of clients, including private collectors, museums, galleries, corporations, estates and archives. The firm has provided its clients with appraisals for donations , insurance and estate purposes, as well as with marketing advice, collection management and cataloging services.

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