Contact

info@photographywest.com

Our Gallery

Four decades and two generations of fine art photography

Photography West Gallery was founded in 1980. The gallery was the collective idea of four Carmel photographers, Brett Weston (1911-1993), Ron C. James (1937-2013), Claudette Bargreen Dibert (1942-1982) and Carol E. Williams (1951-). For four decades, the gallery has maintained a distinctive position within the West Coast photographic discourse. Our exhibition program has supported both emerging and established contemporary photographers committed to film and actively engaged in perfecting their handmade, one-of-a-kind photographs using classical wet-darkroom processes. Many of our photographers have invented their darkroom chemistry, built their own cameras and none of them use any digital technology or pigment-based printmaking methods as part of their creative process. Today, the business is owned and operated by Julia Christopher (1983 – ), the daughter of Photography West’s founder, Carol Williams. In addition to maintaining the intimate gallery space in Carmel by the Sea, she expanded the gallery’s reach online and created the first custom educational e-commerce platform specifically designed for and devoted to wet-process photography.

Employing a highly individualistic curatorial stance, Photography West Gallery has been the first to identify and support photographers who 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 (1997), Rolfe Horn (1998) and Julia Christopher (1983). We also supported elderly masters of the medium with exhibitions and publications in the years preceding their death, including Brett Weston, Ruth Bernhard, William Garnett, Don Worth and Morley Baer.

Portrait of Brett Weston and Carol Williams in Seattle

CAROL WILLIAMS

Founder

“Film photography was the most important art medium of the twentieth century. It has a tremendous amount to convey that no other artistic process can. It is such a highly sensitive medium that you can imagine you see something and have it mysteriously materialize in the final image. Film captures the world behind the world. When you’re eating good food, you want to get as close to the source as you can; in photography, that source is light. And light has something to say – it’s a dialogue between heaven and earth at its best. I have found photography to be a very spiritual art medium and because of that, it has tremendous visual range and an utterly unique artistic dimension.”

– Carol Williams

“Brett used to tell me the integrity of the photograph depends on the photographers doing the darkroom work themselves,” Williams says of the late Brett Weston, with whom she had over a decade of “photographic adventures” spanning the Monterey Peninsula to the Big Island of Hawai’i. Not only has Williams persisted for 40 years in showing only artist-produced film photography, but Photography West Gallery is perhaps the only photographic gallery in the world today that holds this distinction.

Our History

October 1980

Opening of Photography West Gallery

October 1980

December 1980

Lee Witkin congratulates Carol Williams on opening the gallery

December 1980

May 1981

Ruth Bernhard’s first exhibition at Photography West

May 1981

August 1981

Exhibition of Imogen Cunningham featured at the gallery

August 1981

September 1981

Review of the Cunningham exhibition

September 1981

December 1981

Bruce Barnbaum exhibits at Photograph West

December 1981

March 1982

Morley Baer’s 30 Year Retrospective opens

March 1982

1982

Photography West features first solo exhibition for Jeffrey Becom

1982

Fall 1984

Photography West features Christopher Burkett’s first solo exhibition

Fall 1984

Fall 1986

George Beltran, Carol Williams and Brett Weston at the release of Brett’s monograph, A Personal Selection

Fall 1986

Fall 1986

Release of Ruth Bernhard’s award-winning monograph, The Eternal Body

Fall 1986

1988

Julia Christopher and Brett Weston photographing at Weston Beach, Point Lobos

1988

Fall 1989

Brett Weston at the gallery signing copies of his new monograph, Master Photographer

Fall 1989

May 1991

Photography West debuts Carol Henry’s “Florachromes” for the first time

May 1991

1992

Photography West publishes Hawaii: Fifty Photographs by Brett Weston.

1992

Winter 1993

Photography West releases new monograph for Paul Caponigro, Masterworks from Forty Years

Winter 1993

1997

Photography West features first exhibition for Roman Loranc

1997

October 2005

Carol Williams congratulating Ruth Bernhard at her 100th birthday party and book signing at the gallery

October 2005

November 2009

Christopher Burkett presents the Museum Edition oversized 40″ x 50″ Cibachromes at Photography West. They remain the largest ever made by a photographer in the history of photography.

November 2009

2012

Julia Christopher becomes director of Photography West

2012

2015

Carol Williams and Julia Christopher celebrate the gallery’s 35th anniversary with an exhibition for William Scott

2015

2020

Gallery celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary

2020

MORE ABOUT US

News

Press source

Forty Years of Fine Art on Film – View Article

Press source

An Original Or A Reproduction? – View Article

 

Employment

Photography West is currently expanding and on the lookout for new members to join our team in Carmel-by-the-Sea. We firmly believe in going the extra mile, both literally and metaphorically, for our clients and artists. Integrity, bondability, educated knowledge and enthusiasm for film photography and darkroom craftsmanship are of the utmost importance to us.

FULL & PART-TIME POSITIONS

Shipping Clerk (PT): must be able to lift 50 lbs with ease and reach 65″

Framer (PT): 2 years of prior framing experience is preferable, but we are willing to train

Sales/Marketing (FT/PT): Multilingual with luxury sales/marketing experience preferred. BA/MA in Art History is a plus. Must be able to lift, carry and maneuver large (up to 60″ long by 30″ wide) and heavy (up to 50 lbs) framed artworks. Flexible schedule for the right candidate.

INTERNSHIPS

For students and young adults looking for experience in the art business, we offer internships and provide referrals upon completion.

Email cover letter to julia@photographywest.com

Our Team

staff

Your Collection

Wall is empty.