Janet Sirmon earned a B.S. in Economics from James Madison University
in Virginia before moving to New York to study photography at Pratt Institute,
where she eventually finished her MFA in sculpture. She started working in the
fine art photography business in 1994, working her way up from intern to gallery
director of Alan Klotz/Photocollect on Manhattan's Upper East Side. In 2001
Sirmon became the co-owner of the newly named Klotz/Sirmon Gallery and
opened a 2500 square foot gallery space in the heart of Chelsea's art district.
She worked with a solid stable of Contemporary Photographers, organizing solo
exhibitions that often times were in conjunction with an artist's new book
publication. In addition, there were active dealings with vintage material which
included representing The New York Times Vintage Photo Archive, LIFE Magazine
photography collection, and the National Child Labor Committee's Lewis Hine
Collection. During this time Sirmon participated in numerous art fairs - from
Art Chicago to Paris Photo, AIPAD, Photo San Francisco, and Photo L.A.
In 2005 she established Janet Sirmon Fine Art, dealing primarily in
vintage photographs with a strong emphasis on American Social Documentary
photographers and Czech Modernism.. She is the exclusive representative
of the Yale Joel Estate, selling vintage prints amassed during his tenure at
LIFE Magazine from the 1940's – 1970's. She also represents the
Edmund Teske Archives – a richly diverse body of work by one of the great
alchemists of 20th Century American Photography.
In 2010 Janet Sirmon moved to Los Angeles, California.
As a private dealer, Janet Sirmon works closely with serious collectors and
museum curators, helping them find significant pieces that add value, character,
dimension and beauty to their collection.
Janet Sirmon Fine Art is a member of AIPAD: The Association of International
Photographic Art Dealers.