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The Commercial to Fine Art Transition

Please join ASMP NY photographer Brian Finke and gallery owner Michael Foley for a discussion on how to crossover from commercial photography into fine art photography. We will cover how to approach, manage, and maintain a relationship with a fine art gallery.

About Brian Finke

Brian Finke’s visual cultural commentary focuses on authenticity and the absurdity of everyday life and the range of human behavior. A stylized documentarian and trained photojournalist, Finke’s honesty and intimacy when capturing subjects strikes at the core of contemporary life, with a uniquely American point of context and graphic sensibility.

Often with boundary-pushing subject matter, Finke challenges the viewer to confront what is often right in front of them, with an almost surreal understanding of immediacy, time, and place. From street photography to commercial portraiture to fashion editorials, his immersion in the culture at large creates imagery that is deeply tied to the political and emotional undertones of the modern world.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Finke received a BFA in photography. He is the author of several books and his first monograph was named one of the best photography books by American Photo magazine.  Earlier in his career, he was one of twelve artists nominated for the International Center for Photography’s annual Infinity Award and he won a prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. His work has been placed in nine museum collections in the U.S. and abroad and he shoots for editorial clients like National Geographic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times and commercial clients like Delta Airlines and Budweiser. A native Texan, Finke lives in Brooklyn and is passionate about travel, tattoos, barbecue, and surfing.


About Michael Foley

Michael Foley was born in Delaware and grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. He opened  his gallery in the fall of 2004 after fourteen years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel, Howard Greenberg, and Yancey Richardson.

Photography has been a passion since his high school days as a staff yearbook photographer.  His personal art making practice is equally inspired by collage, cut paper, and painting. In 2006, he brought artists within theses disciplines to the list of exhibiting gallery artists.

Foley went on to co-found The Exhibition Lab in the fall of 2009. The Ex Lab is a study center for people involved in various aspects of fine art photography. Foley continues his interest in education by serving on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography where he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography.



Have specific questions you want to ask? Email Sherri Littlefield at info@sherrilittlefield.com


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July 24
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$10.00 – $25.00
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Foley Gallery
59 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002 United States
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