Daile Kaplan


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Daile Kaplan is an appraiser, advisor and a curator of fine art and vernacular photographs and photobooks who works with private clients and museums. She was VP and director of Photographs at Swann Galleries from 1990-2020, where she was also an auctioneer. Ms. Kaplan’s department set world auction records for iconic images by masters of classical photography. She has also organized sales dedicated to the art of photobook and sold Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian for $1,048,000 — Swann’s first million dollar lot.

In addition, Ms. Kaplan has introduced examples of photojournalism to the salesrooms, including press prints by well-known photojournalists and vernacular photographs by anonymous practitioners, underscoring photography’s popular appeal as a medium of fine art expression and a documentary form. A curator and author, she has written two books about America’s pioneering social documentary photographer Lewis Hine, whose poignant photographs of immigrants at Ellis Island raised the public’s consciousness about cultural diversity in the early 20th century.

Ms. Kaplan is also the author of "Pop Photographica, Photography's Objects in Everyday Life," which explores familiar decorative and functional objects adorned with photographic images. Her fourth book, "Premiere Nudes, Albert Arthur Allen," highlights the fascinating story of this Roaring '20s L.A.-based photographer and filmmaker.

She is on the board of directors of the Palm Beach Photographic Center and the Photography Collections Preservation Project, and is a member of the Authors Guild and ArtTable.

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