Photography West Gallery is one of the oldest photography galleries in the United States. It was founded in 1980 to support working West Coast photographers, and promote public recognition of photography as a historically significant fine art. The Monterey Peninsula has been the site of more than a century of photography, because many of the most renowned masters of the medium have lived and worked near Carmel. Our passionate, continued dedication to film and wet darkroom craftsmanship honors our unique regional history. Each gallery photographer is an accomplished darkroom master, using film, archival photographic papers and wet processes. Many have created their own darkroom chemistry, built their own cameras and even invented their unique, light sensitive techniques.
The Ansel Adams Room and Brett Weston Room display permanent exhibitions of original photographs by these two legenary local photographers.
The Women's Photography Alcove includes original works by Ruth Bernhard, Imogen Cunningham, Martha Casanave, Joyce Tenneson, Olivia Parker and other women photographers.
The Main Gallery features original Cibachrome photographs by Christopher Burkett, Platinum Palladium photographs by Kenro Izu and Gelatin Silver photographs by Roman Loranc, Don Worth, Morley Baer, Paul Caponigro and many others.