Does anyone here use an agent? If so, can you provide any advice on finding and working with an agent?
Given my information below, would you advise that I look for one at this point in my career?
I am a biologist and imaging specialist, and have developed new techniques for imaging microbes (especially protozoa) with scanning electron microscopy. My images have been featured on seven journal/magazine covers, textbooks, newspapers, and invited artistic presentations in Canada and Germany etc. Please click this link in the User Critiques forum to see one example: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=69556.0
The Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco will feature a collection of my work as a large, permanent exhibit in their new location beginning in April 2013.
As far as I know, my work has a very strong claim of being unique; as far as I know from reading the literature and attending international meetings in my field, there is no one else capable of working with these organisms and producing these types of images from them. My images regularly elicit a very strong positive reaction from people.
I do not know much about the business side of photography, but am interested in gaining gallery representation, and possibly selling prints on a website and/or stock libraries. I am also interested in doing at least one book.
Would an agent be helpful to someone who is starting to gain some noteriety, in the early part of his career (in my situation), or would you suggest I just go try to go it alone?