In Memoriam: Danah Fayman

San Diego has lost a champion with the passing of Danah Fayman. More than just a philanthropist, Danah was a pioneer who worked tirelessly to establish San Diego as a cultural arts mecca and the photographic arts as a respected artistic medium. As one of MOPA’s earliest champions, her loss is deeply felt by all. 

Danah was a great friend to MOPA and one of its’ founders. Along with a small board, she fearlessly worked to bring the art of photography to the entire community of San Diego, setting up shop in local organizations and Universities; creating a “museum without walls.” Her efforts laid the foundation for MOPA to become one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to photography, video, and film; and built a legacy of advocacy and outreach that MOPA continues today.  

In 2013, Danah donated the Lynn G. Fayman (1904 – 1968) Archive to the museum, which was exhibited in 2014, and will soon be offered on MOPA's website as an online exhibition. We are grateful for Danah’s generosity and dedication to the arts. A wonderful woman and a friend, Danah will be missed.  She has touched so many people and organizations that her influence and memory will live on.