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Portraits of Vision

February 21 - March 9, 2017 - From photographer Lynda Koolish's book African American Writers: Portraits and Visions, the pop-up exhibition Portraits of Vision opens at the Museum of Photographic Arts from Feb. 21 - March 9, 2017. The exhibition celebrates Black History Month, Women's History Month and International Women's Day on March 8. Read more

Featured Exhibition

Selected from the Museum of Photographic Arts’ collection of 150 19th century images of India, this exhibition highlights the rich photographic legacy that was created over two decades from 1860–1880. With images made by Samuel Bourne, John Edward Saché, Edmund David Lyon, Indian photographer Nathulall, and others, the people, places, and landscapes of India were brought to life for viewers of the day.

India and the Picturesque features work from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim collection.

The Prix Pictet prize highlights important social and environmental issues through the use of photography. In its sixth cycle, 12 artists examine the disorder they see in the world. The exhibition Prix Pictet: Disorder brings global attention to a range of concerns from mass production to the effects of war to natural disasters. 

Artists include:
Valérie Belin
Ilit Azoulay
Matthew Brandt
Maxim Dondyuk
Alixandra Fazzina
Ori Gersht
John Gossage
Pieter Hugo
Gideon Mendel
Sophie Ristelhueber
Brent Stirton
Yang Yongliang

For the theme of this cycle, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan elaborates in his essay for the accompanying catalogue:
"Our times are defined by disorder. Our mastery over manifold aspects of life has deluded us into thinking that we have bent the planet to our will. Yet the fragility of that assumption is exposed with each new pandemic, earthquake, tsunami or drought. With each passing day our illusion of order is shattered."


Major exhibition support provided by Crystal Pyramid Productions, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the Gardner Bilingual Fund. 


Special Micro Exhibition

Ansel Adams: What Majestic Word features a portfolio of prints organized in memory of Adams’ dear friend, Russell Varian. Varian was a scientist and dedicated conservationist. Each of these 15 photographs aims to capture the sensual environments that Varian adored and the natural geometry that sparked his scientific curiosity.

Ansel Adams: What Majestic Word features a portfolio of works generously on loan from Sally and Einar Gall.


Did you know that some early photographs were known as the “mirror with a memory”?

Discover the answers to this question and more in MOPA’s new gallery where you’ll explore the origins of photography, and its impact on how we view the world around us and ourselves.

And now, try out three types of 3-D viewers in our new interactive 3-D photography section. This new component in Seeing Is Believing? takes you through the history of 3-D photography for an immersive experience that shows how we see in three dimensions. From historic stereo cameras to your smartphone, look for the Anaglyphic Shadows box and make your own 3-D photograph to take home.

Exhibition presented in English and Spanish.