My art career started when I moved to New York City in 1993. I was working at a gallery on the Upper East Side dealing with late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings but I was also very interested in photography. In addition to shooting my own work, I began to modestly collect contemporary photography. Twenty-five years ago you could find pieces for very reasonable prices. I went to graduate school at Columbia University and continued to build this collection. By the time I left and was ready to start my own business I had a nice little inventory.
Graduate school gave me confidence that I really knew what I was talking about but the networking side was also extremely important. The people I met in my small programme, many of whom I’m still in touch with, are now are curators at MoMA, magazine editors and art consultants. Studying under Rosalind Krauss, who is one of the foremost scholars of photography, was an amazing experience.
I was naive when I first started my gallery. I didn’t quite understand the enormity of my undertaking — but maybe that’s a good thing. It started in 2000 as a very small gallery — I was the only employee. Shortly thereafter, in 2001, came September 11th. That completely turned New York upside down and I didn’t sell a single thing for an entire year, which was pretty scary.