Images of the California Coast: Contemporary Photographs

February 16 - April 14th

Work by contemporary artists including Dale Johnson, Chip Hooper, Rolfe Horn, Cara Weston, Alan Ross, Bob Kolbrener and many others featuring images of the California Coast.



December 8, 2018 - February 10, 2019

Our exhibition showcases original works including landscapes, still-lifes and rare vintage prints by world-renowned photographer, Ansel Adams. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” ~ Ansel Adams

Seven black and white photographs from our “Human Element” show include work by Andre Kertesz, Harry Callahan and Edward Weston.


September 15 – December 2, 2018

Since photography’s inception in the early 19th century, photographers have been studying the human portrait, form and human condition using their chosen medium. We explore the human element in our latest exhibition featuring original works by Bill Brandt, Lewis Hine, André Kertész, Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Robert Frank, Marion Post Wolcott, Edward Weston, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Berenice AbbottEdward S. Curtis and guest artist Manuello Paganelli.

Four black and whites are featured - two works from Hawaii, one with a curving road left to right in front of a dark mountain the background and white clouds sky, one of seascape of a cove looking out with rocks on either side, and palm tree to right. The other is of a white farmhouse in Cuba with a dramatic steep little mountain jutting up into a white foggy sky and the last is of Bruges, an architectural study of a roof line with windows jutting out of building, a courtyard to left and church spire rising into the sky at top right.


June 23 - September 9, 2018

New works by photographer Rolfe Horn from his travels to Cuba, Hawaii and Belgium.


Three Photowalk evenings are scheduled for 2018: May 19, July 21 and September 15. Explore Carmel’s prestigious photography galleries and view some of the best in vintage and contemporary imagery anywhere. Find a Photowalk Carmel map at any participating gallery and visit four or more galleries to become eligible to win a selection of prizes such as original photographs, books, wine tastings and more! Participating galleries include Center for Photographic Art, Weston Gallery, Gallery Sur, Photography West Gallery, Robert Knight Gallery, Robin Winfield Gallery, Oficino Uno, and Exposed.

A collage of black and whites by Ralph Gibson include a woman’s mouth open, a woman’s face with eye and one side of her face in frame, a man’s back of head with dovetail hair and shoulders showing wearing a suit, a baby hand reaching out of a white cradle, a hand playing a guitar, a Caucasian woman’s back with hair cascading down back and she is off to the right side of the frame, cut-off with her left breast side showing, a man’s hands holding a white rose behind his back.


April 14 - June 10, 2018

Having begun his acclaimed photographic career as an apprentice to the great documentarians Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank, Ralph Gibson is known for his highly distinctive vision in still photography. His photographs are in major private and public collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale.

Our jpeg we used to promote our “Fire & Water” exhibition with orange, red and purple ombre background and tan writing.


January 20 - April 1, 2018

A group exhibition featuring works by Ansel Adams, Ernst Haas, Bob Kolbrener, Roman Loranc, Rolfe Horn, Dale Johnson, Carol Henry, Kenneth Parker, Ryuijie, Chip Hooper, Debra Achen, Kodiak Greenwood, Jake B. Pereles and William Neill.

Jpeg used for our exhibition which features “Brett Weston” and then “Abstractions” in dark grey with white background and light grey streaks all distressed behind the dark text.


Brett Weston may be said to be the first successful artistic heir in the history of photography. The son of Edward Weston, Brett was taught the basics of photography by his father at the young age of fourteen, and set out on his own from that point on. At sixteen he had his first one-man show, and received international recognition at eighteen when a score of his photographs were displayed in the legendary “Film und Foto” exhibition of 1929 in Stuttgart. By the age of twenty, his photographs were on view in major shows in the US, Europe, and Japan. Since then, Weston’s photographs have been featured in hundreds of exhibitions around the world, and are staples in the collections of leading museums and galleries including the Getty Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Art Institute of Chicago, George Eastman House, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum among others.

Six of Michael Kenna’s black and whites - tree branch with leaf in foreground and many trees out of focus in back; 13 grass/thatch beach umbrellas in the down position and cloudy sky; a road lined with poplar trees; distant mountains with a dark mountain at foreground left and very misty with a cloudy sky; a confessional with cross center top with patterned tile roof and white plaster wall; a tree covered with persimmons that takes up almost the entire frame.

MICHAEL KENNA ~ Abruzzo & Confessionali

August 12 - October 15, 2017

Michael Kenna's most recent body of work focuses on the area of Abruzzo, Italy.  His work has often been described as enigmatic, graceful, or hauntingly beautiful. Born in England, and currently living in Seattle, Washington, Kenna has consistently produced a highly compelling body of work on varied subjects, often photographing at dawn or in the dark hours of night with exposures up to 10 hours.

Two photographs featured: at left is a black and white by Bob Sadler of a once homeless Caucasian man with hands in prayer position facing his left and dressed in a dark color; at right is a black and white photograph by Yousuf Karsh of John F. Kennedy dressed in a suit with hands also in prayer position facing his right.


June 17, 2017 - August 6, 2017

Portraiture by the master Yousuf Karsh and contemporary Bob Sadler.

This was the jpeg we used for our exhibition of “Strange Things” which featured works by artist Maggie Taylor. She uses vintage photographs and a flat bed scanner and then pulls everything into Photoshop to create “photo-collages.” Featured here are works of girls in blues and greens surrounded by animals, or looking through a magnifying glass, three men in suits with their heads buried int he dirt and their legs sticking straight up into the sky, a zebra with pelican on back and they are listening to a gramaphone, a woman in stone skirt with her head non-existent and a dog and small house next to her, a striped brown fish levitating above a green bowl of blue water.


March 18 - June 11, 2017

Maggie Taylor’s tools are a flatbed scanner, a small digital camera and a computer. Her materials are found at flea markets and garage sales. Her inspiration often comes from the objects and old photographs she collects, mingled with her own dreams and memories. These images are open to interpretation by the viewer and they are meant to be both playful and disturbing. The finished limited-edition prints are made on an Iris inkjet printer on a slightly textured matte paper.

A photograph to the left features a cherry blossom pink floral study frozen in ice with white background by photographer Ryuijie and at right, a photograph made by Yoshimitsu Nagasaka (we are the only gallery in the United States who represents this artist from Japan) of a pink flowered trees blowing in the wind with a blue sky background.


January 21 - March 12, 2017

Yoshimitsu Nagasaka was born in Wakayama, Japan in 1948. Since 1970, he has been photographing Mt. Koyasan, his birthplace, and pursues culture and religion as his subject. He has exhibited his works in many solo and group shows.

Ryuijie has steadfastly pursued his own photographic vision for over thirty years, and has acquired a reputation for his exquisite platinum/palladium prints, in addition to his traditional black and white work. An exceptionally prolific artist, Ryuijie’s career has been highlighted by a multitude of exhibitions.

A collage of photographs by Robert Frank, all in black and white and feature some of his most iconic including one of man holding a tuba, some passengers looking outside a bus, two figures in windows, their faces covered by a blowing American flag, an African American man at a funeral with people in the background by their cars, a car covered in a white drape with two palm trees overhead.


We're a proud partner with the UC Berkeley Graduate School, Steidl, Steve Tisch Foundation, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Taube Philanthropies in celebration of the master photographer Robert Frank! Join us the weekend of February 17th, 2017.

This black and white image is by Bob Kolbrener and shows a few lightening strikes in the background over the Pacific Ocean with the coastline in all black at the left side of the photograph.

NIGHT VISION: Photographing in the Dark

November 12 - January 8, 2017

Featured works by: Berenice Abbott, Wynn Bullock, Mark Citret, Harold Davis, Robert Frank, Ernst Haas, Chip Hooper, Rolfe Horn, Dale Johnson, Robb Johnson, Michael Kenna, André Kertész, Bob Kolbrener, Paul Kozal, Sally Mann and Jerry Uelsmann.

A photograph by Dale Johnson of the ocean with the sun glowing in at top. Colors are greens, browns, blues, golds and she uses a toy camera to create a lot of movement in the photograph. It is quite blurry and almost painterly.


September 17 - November 6, 2016

Color, abstract seascapes by Dale Johnson, the majority of which were made locally in the Carmel area. Dale Johnson (b. 1944) was raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sao Paulo, Brazil and resides in Carmel, CA. In 1984, she graduated from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California with a degree in graphic design. In 2008, she began experimenting with photographic lenses looking for one to emulate her painting style. This process grew into a love of the Holga lens and her current photographic style.

A black and white photograph of a glowing sun in center behind some clouds and highlighting/reflecting the water. Made of the Pacific Ocean with the top half of the photograph a dramatic black sky, this was one of the last photographs made by Chip Hooper before his passing in 2016.

Chip Hooper: California's Pacific 2nd Set

July 16 - September 11, 2016

In celebration of the life & memory of Chip Hooper.

Two photographs by Richard Murai. At left, a setting sun in a sepia tone with a body of water at the front and someone floating in a boat, the left side of the photograph is framed in trees. At right, a photograph of a figure at bottom left with a flurry of birds flying in the direction the person is walking. There is a white building with stairs at right of the photograph which takes up a good deal of the frame.

Signs of Life: Worlds Apart

March 26 - June 5, 2016

Works by Richard Murai.


Classic Images by Ansel Adams

January 23 - March 20, 2016

Featuring classic and iconic works by the master photographer Ansel Adams including Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, Aspens, Northern New Mexico, Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine and Monolith, The Face of Half Dome.

To the left is a photograph by artist Paul Coghlin for our show “Bloom” and it features an orange poppy close up with a hint of the black center. To the right is the logo for the exhibition from November 28, 2015 - January 17, 2016 “BLOOM: Floral Studies: in orange, brown on grey.

A photograph of a whitish blue iceberg at the center of frame is rising up from the Antarctic waters. The foreground is the ocean and the back is a blue sky with some clouds in it. This work is by artist William Neill and was show in our exhibition “Antarctic Dreams” from September 19 - November 15, 2015.


September 19 - November 15, 2015

Color photographs by William Neill from his recent travels to Antarctica.

A photograph by Paul Coghlin of a lion’s face, staring at the viewer. The image was made in England and was selected for our exhibition “Animal Encounters.” The lion is looking straight at the viewer with his mane surrounding his face and cutoff on all edges by the photographer. It is a black and white photograph.

This image is a collage of our “Collection Highlights” and features all black and white photographs including works of four tulips by Rod Dresser, tulips slightly slanting to the right, the shell by Edward Weston of a single nautilus, Robert Frank’s African-American man leaning on his car, Brett Weston’s Holland Canal of a high-contrast canal with trees lining the canal, Harry Callahan portrait of Eleanor sitting on the bed in an attic, Marion Post Wolcott of a girl carrying pails of water down a dirt road with buildings on either side, Ansel Adams’ dune with dark shadows and highlighted areas, Ansel Adams’ Monolith of a shear cliff face and some snow to the left bottom of mountain, Ruth Bernhard’s Nude highlighting only the top of the woman’s body, Andre Kertesz’s buidlings looking up in New York City, Wynn Bullock’s Sea Palms of a misty ocean with the craggy shore creeping through the fog and dusted with sea palms, Morley Baer’s Kiva which features an old adobe wall with steps to the left and the top of a wooden ladder peaking up, Edward Weston’s nude in the doorway with her head tilted to her left, hair pulled back, and arms cradled beneath her knee, Yousuf Karsh’s Muhammed Ali portrait of him standing, straight on looking at camera in a dark suit with his hands on either side of his hips, Marion Post Wolcott image of a muscrat trapper with a worn hat on and his hand cradling his chin with finger along his cheek, Edward Weston’s cabbage leaf of a close up cabbage leaf, Ruth Bernhard nude of a woman’s side breast, Brett Weston sand dune showing just a few of the dunes creeping out from behind the Bernhard, Irving Penn’s mouse with still life taken in New York with the still life of mainly food to the right of the image and a little mouse at the foreground.


May 23 - July 12, 2015

Collection Highlights ~ celebrating our 40th anniversary with works from our collections including pieces by Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Julia Margaret Cameron, Carleton Watkins, Harry Callahan, Irving Penn and many more.

The image shown here is of a seascape made in Northern California by Cara Weston. The land is in the foreground with a hill center left and the sea behind the mountain. Clouds are in the sky with one swirl of a cloud, almost like a check mark, echoing the same shape as the land.

CARA WESTON: The World Around

March 28 – May 26, 2015

Opening with Cara Weston scheduled for March 28th from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Artist’s Statement ~ The World Around: Giving my spirit time to breathe in order to capture the ephemeral richness of light is my meditation practice. Seeing is more than just observation, it is the recognition of each element in a scene for its own purpose; honoring its existence and how it contributes to the greater whole. As a photographer I am constantly drawn to the subtleties of the world around me and how they play against each-other in moments of contrast. I am blessed to have always had photography in my life. By heritage, by inclination and by emotional immersion the images I produce are to satisfy my own need to create and they exist in the hope that others will join me in the journey. 

A number of images are shown here in a grid format for our “Point Lobos, California” exhibition. Rolfe Horn’s seascape in black and white with high contrast and cascade surf coming in to the land with mountains behind, Edward Weston’s China Cove is dark and shows the sun highlighting the water, a Pirkle Jones abstractions which is a long exposure seascape, Ryuijie’s underwater image of sea kelp which takes up most of the frame and is centered with rocks and the underwater bed behind the kelp, an image by Cole Weston of his father Edward Weston - Edward is standing and leaning to his right on large, life-size rocks, all the images featured have been black and white with the exception of this next piece by Kenneth Parker which shows a point at Point Lobos taking up most of the frame in brown rocks with dustings of red, green and yellow plant life, the water a crisp light blue fading to dark blue at the top and right center of the frame and lastly, a close-up of kelp on sand by Edward Weston which shows kelp at the top and a couple of strands swirling into the center.

POINT LOBOS ~ California

January 15 - March 15, 2015

Featuring works by Edward Weston, Wynn Bullock, Rolfe Horn, Kenneth Parker, Cole Weston and Ryuijie. Long considered the “crown jewel” of California's 280 state parks, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve has been a mecca for fine art photographers from Ansel Adams and Edward Weston to today’s contemporary master photographers.

This is an installation image of our booth at AIPAD of black and white Ansel Adams and Edward Weston works on a beige wall.


April 16 - 19, 2015

Celebrating its 35th year in 2015, The AIPAD Photography Show New York was held in Manhattan’s Upper East Side at the Park Avenue Armory.

This image shows birch trees with bright white trunks and their black spots. There is a group of yellow leaves at top and down the left as well as the at the bottom of the frame.


November 22, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Featuring works from a Private Collection.

The image featured here was used for our Michael Kenna “France” exhibition and shows a single apple in focus at the top left of the frame. There are a couple of branches, one smaller at top which is in focus and then one at center and cascades down to the bottom left which is in soft focus. The image is in black and white.


September 13 - November 16, 2014

Book signing with Michael Kenna scheduled for September 20th, 2014 from 4-6pm.

The image featured was uses for our “Models & Muses” exhibition and this image was made by Tomio Seike and shows the back of a Caucasian woman’s body from the lower back to the top of her head. She has her hair pulled to her right side and a white scrunchy hair band is at the nape of her neck with the pony tale down the front of her body and out of view. The image is in black and and white.


July 12 - September 7, 2014

Featuring works by Tomio Seike, Ruth Bernhard, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Rod Dresser, Ralph Gibson, Yousuf Karsh, Barbara Morgan, Danielle Nelson-Mourning, Karin Rosenthal, Ryuijie, Jack Welpott and Edward Weston.

There are three image featured here and these jpegs were used for our “Edward Weston & Sons” exhibition. From left to right and all in black and white: Brett Weston’s Holland Canal in high contrast with a canal going down the center of the frame and a bank to either side with trees flanking the side of the waterway, Edward Weston’s “227N” aka Nude in the Doorway of Charis with the model crouched and holding her knee, her hair is up in bobby pins and her head is folded in to her body to her left and lastly a photograph taken by Cole Weston of his father at Point Lobos, CA and shows his 8 x 10 camera on a tripod with a jacket draped over it at the left of the frame and Edward with balding head, looking at Cole, the photographer with a slight smile dressed in light colored pants and a plaid shirt.


April 26 - June 29, 2014

Featuring original works by patriarch Edward Weston along with works by sons Brett Weston and Cole Weston.

This is a jpeg which showed our outer wall at AIPAD in New York City and shows three of the photographs we had for sale. The top left is a Richard Avedon of Andy Warhol - Warhol is in black and white and wears a leather jacket, below that is a Dennis Hooper photograph he made of Andy Warhol, Henry Geldzahler, David Hockney and David Goodman with all of them smoking but Warhol and Hockney and lastly, a larger work as tall as the other two combined is at right of John Baldessari’s “Blue Masterstroke over Red Diagram with Two Cowboys Fighting” and shows two cowboys outside a building fighting and the artist has streaked a blue stroke from top to almost bottom (vertical) and a horizontal red stroke over the black and white photograph which measured about 40 x 40 inches in person.


April 10 - 13, 2014

The image featured here was used for our “Surf” exhibition and shows a black and white photograph, originally gelatin silver print, of water. It is very abstract and shows the ripples in the water and almost looks like suede with texture in it. There is little surf in the frame but you can tell that the water has some motion to it and is mostly gray in tone.


February 8 - March 23, 2014

New "Surf" Series by Chip Hooper. Opening reception with the artist.

The image featured here is a black and white image of Ansel Adams’ “Manzanar” and shows mountains in the background with large boulders in the foreground, the middle section is littered with boulders which recede into the mountains at the back. There are rays of sunlight which come through the clouds and highlight some of to rocks.


October 5 - February 2, 2014

Iconic works by Ansel Adams on view in our main gallery.