The Association of International Photography Art Dealers [AIPAD] was organized in 1979. With members in the United States, Australia, Canada, Europe and Japan, the Association has become a unifying force in the field of photography. AIPAD is dedicated to creating and maintaining high standards in the business of exhibiting, buying and selling photographs as art.
Acting as the collective voice of the art photography dealers that make up its membership, AIPAD maintains ethical standards, promotes communication within the photographic community, encourages public appreciation of photography as art, concerns itself with the rights of photographers and collectors, and works to enhance the confidence of the public in responsible photography. AIPAD members provide a wide range of services to the public, such as exhibitions, appraisals, expert opinions and consultations.
AIPAD Members have agreed to a Code of Ethics: Members agree to conduct dealings with the public, museums, artists and other dealers with honesty and integrity. Members agree to provide accurate descriptions of photographs in all disclosures, including but not limited to, invoices, wall labels and price lists. All descriptions shall include the following: (1) Artist, (2) Title/ Subject, (3) Process, (4) Date of negative, (5) Date of print, (6) Price. Members agree to honor all contracts, invoices and consignment agreements.
To qualify for membership in AIPAD, a gallery or dealer must meet a number of criteria. The applicant must demonstrate that a significant portion of his principal business has been and is devoted to the sale and promotion of fine art photographs which meet the Associations high artistic standards. The potential member must have a reputation in his community for honesty and integrity. The potential member must demonstrate that he has made and is making substantial contributions to the field of fine art photography through the quality of photographic art offered for sale, exhibitions mounted or catalogues published. A potential member must have met these criteria for at least five years and be sponsored by five current members of AIPAD.