Photography West Gallery, established in 1980, has over the past three decades maintained a distinctive position within the West Coast photographic discourse. Our exhibition program has supported both emerging and established photographers committed to film and actively engaged in perfecting their final photographs using classic wet darkroom process. The gallery today maintains a West Coast sanctuary exclusively devoted to Pre-Digital Era photography.
We have also developed a simultaneous focus on publishing deluxe fine art photography editions, which have won numerous awards, including "Photography Book of the Year" from Friends of Photography and various design and production awards for our printer for their superior quality reproduction. With one exception (Ruth Bernhard: The Eternal Body (1986) which has sold more than 25,000 copies) our photography books are exclusively first editions.
Employing a highly individualistic curatorial stance, Photography West Gallery has been among the first to identify and support artists who have over time achieved critical acclaim. We were the first gallery to exhibit West Coast photographers Jeffrey Becom (1982), Christopher Burkett (1984), Carol Henry (1991), Roman Loranc (1996) and Rolfe Horn (1998). We also supported elderly masters of the medium with exhibitions and publications in the years preceding their death, including Brett Weston, Ruth Bernhard, Don Worth and Morley Baer.
Parallel to the gallery program, Carol Williams established a non-profit foundation in memory of Brett Weston during his centennial year (2011). The Brett Weston Photographic Foundation was Williams' response to Weston's concluding request that she create a Carmel Photography Museum. The Foundation additionally supports photographers dedicated to mastering traditional darkroom craft and remains committed to educating the public about the 150-year history of Carmel photography and the Weston Legacy.