Good for you! Very tough getting in galleries for me. I tried writing the high powered galleries in NY and CA. With galleries it is a 100% failure rate. 98% never even replied back.
Originally Posted by lightwisps
I've had more luck with public institutions accepting my work. Even with some success, I get depressed working in that area as well. With museums I have about a 96% failure rate placing donations with them. Very depressing work getting rejected that much. And you have to count yourself lucky with even getting a rejection letter from them. The biggest part of the lot never write back.
With rare book libraries it is about 85% rejection rate. Better, but still lots of rejection and most never write back. So all this work is hard on the photo taking. It eats up time and you can't take photos. You just end up writing about photos.
With the gigantic institutions I send out a bound gift proposal that has 21 to 35 letter size archival pigment prints in it. The photos are printed on Hahn Fine Art Baryta or Ultra Smooth Rag. This is done to 'sell the donation' of a larger print portfolio. So I have to spend a lot of $ to donate some more $. It is expensive work. Just to ship one to the UK or China cost $60. But glad I print myself or I could never afford it.
If you guys paid to have the gift proposal done it would cost $400 to $700+ to send one out. For me it cost about 10% of that for production costs. But you most likely still never hear anything from the museums. So it is not just an email or letter I send out. The only emails that go out are for the very small museums.
I hope to be done by year end with this work. I will finish up the US in a couple of months and am working on Europe. If I had to keep doing this year in year out...I'd prob quit! No fun at all.
So where does all this work got me?
In 7-1/2 months of work I am in 27 museums and rare book libraries special collections in the US, UK and China. May sound good, but that came from 392 solicitations of one form or another. I have a 6.8% success rate and 93.2% rejection rate. But that may rise as many museums take months to get back to you. Maybe it will end up as a 8% or 9% success rate when I'm done? Or not??
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