I'm hoping to tap the collective knowledge here to help my mother-in-law out.
My late father-in-law was a professional photographer through the 1960s, and he photographed the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas during some very interesting times. What is truly remarkable about his story is that he was unknowingly going blind - we don't really know how blind he was, as it wasn't until later in life he was diagnosed with a genetic eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa.
His photography is historical and striking, and I've put a website together with most of his work (I'm a web developer by trade):
A few of his photographs are featured in the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.
My mother-in-law is a very sweet lady, and she's been trying for a few years to find out if his photographs have anything more than sentimental value. She's been to various galleries and art collectors, but nobody can give her a straight answer. They say it's because his photos are a blend of historical and artistic value, and because he's an unknown. She's been passed back and forth between galleries and museums, without anything concrete to show for it.
So, here I am asking for your help:
- Can you help us appraise these photos?
- Do you know anybody who knows fine art/photography well enough to offer a recommendation?
- Any advice on avenues to pursue?
- Are these pictures priceless or a dime-a-dozen?
- Am I posting this question on the wrong site? Is there anywhere you can recommend to go for help with this?
Thank you so much in advance. Anything you can offer is wonderful. And my apologies if this is out of bounds for photo.stackexchange.