"The collector's job is to find the photograph, preserve the photograph and be sure it lands eventually in a good place. Even though it may not be displayed all the time, photographs are preserved and live on in museums.”
"On the one hand we'd love to see all such boundaries disappear, and on the other hand, we're also trying to see that the different concerns, interests, and histories of particular communities are somehow reflected in the landscape, and in the museums, institutions, and newspapers that represent this city on some level."
"There's always something that ties together the work being done by artists from the same generation or the same time. It’s almost a universal language that sometimes ties to specific things about their own region."
"My parents had an amazingly wonderful life because of their collection and because of the people they got to know by collecting. I feel really fortunate that we got part of that and that we have been able to enjoy the same thing."
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Michael Dawson is a private dealer and appraiser specializing in rare books and fine art photography, including historical photographs of California and the Southwest. Michael has written widely on photography and has owned and operated his own gallery as well as the celebrated Dawson's Books Shop in Los Angeles–a business established by his grandfather in 1905.