Photography West Gallery, established in 1980, was the collective brainchild of four Carmel photographers, Brett Weston (1911-1993), Ron C. James (1937-2013), Claudette Bargreen Dibert (1942-1982) and Carol Williams. The gallery 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 classical wet darkroom process. The gallery today is dedicated to maintaining a West Coast sanctuary exclusively devoted to artist printed, film 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 as well as production awards for our longtime printer (Dual Graphics) for world-class quality reproduction. With one exception (Ruth Bernhard: The Eternal Body (1986) which has sold more than 30,000 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 emerging West Coast photographers Winston Swift Boyer (1980) 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.
Photography West is pleased to announce the 2013 publication of our newest photographic monograph entitled Roman Loranc: Absolution- Fifty Photographs from Europe. It won the United States Literary Award for Fine Art Photography and a gold medal for Dual Graphics.