Thomas Schmidt, a Santa Barbara antiques dealer, discovered the incredible Collinge works serendipitously. In the late 1990s, J. Walter's daughter-in-law Peg Collinge contacted Tom to sell some paintings. While working with Mrs. Collinge, Tom asked to see some of the photographs which she had mentioned. He instantly recognized their excellence, and that they deserved to be preserved and shared with others.
The objective of the J. Walter Collinge Site is to share and make available these exquisite works of art to photography collectors everywhere.