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Photography West Gallery
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. Our passionate, continued dedication to film and 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 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. Since 1980, Photography West Gallery's walls have and will continue to be dedicated exclusively to film-based, light-sensitive, wet process photographs personally and individually handcrafted by the artists themselves.