Experience Portland Oregon: 5 best photography galleries in Portland

By: Jan 30, 2015
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With views of Mt. Hood and other peaks in the Cascade Range, rivers and streams, and forests, Portland, Oregon, is a jewel of a location for photographers and photography galleries. Photography galleries in Portland reflect the creative, collaborative nature of the art scene in this region. Portland’s photography galleries offer not only exhibits of fine art photography but also support for progressive, radical, and artistic experimentation with photography and the photographer.

Portland’s galleries explore beyond the basic parameters of an art gallery; they open wide the possibilities for artists of all types (photographers, painters, writers, graphic designers) to blend and unite different forms and artistic styles in the city's photography galleries -- some of the best photography galleries around.

  • Blue Sky Photography Gallery

    The Blue Sky Gallery is a non-profit exhibition and explication space as well as a community research center, and archive for contemporary photography in Portland, Oregon. Located at 122 NW 8th St. in Portland, Oregon, the Blue Sky Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.. Founded by five young local photographers in 1975, the Blue Sky Gallery has become an established center for the photography of both established and emerging photographers.

    Housed in a 3,700-square-foot space located in the De Soto Building, the Blue Sky Gallery hosts between 20-30 photographic exhibits each year. Blue Sky also maintains a public research library and photographic archive. Blue Sky Gallery is dedicated to educating the public about photography, and in supporting and encouraging the artistic development and creative techniques of photographers.

  • Camerawork Photography Gallery

    Camerawork Gallery is the oldest fine art photography gallery in the United States. A non-profit, community-based fine art photography gallery, Camerawork has been exhibiting photography shows continuously since 1970. Cameraworks Gallery is located at 2255 N@ Northrup ST., in Peterson Hall at Linfield College’s Nursing School Campus in Portland, Oregon. Camerawork Gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Additionally, Camerawork is open for some evening exhibits and events, and occasionally can be found open ‘by chance’.

  • 23 Sandy Gallery

    The 23 Sandy Gallery is a fine arts photography gallery located in the central Eastside of Portland, Oregon, at 623 NE 23rd., three doors north of Sandy Blvd.. The 23 Gallery hosts two juried exhibitions each year. Exhibits focus on art, history, local culture merging through photographic works. A typical joining together of history, literature, and art through photography is the 23 Gallery’s exhibit, HELLO HEDI, an exhibit of photography inspired by the book and art of Hedi Kyle and the book "Blood Quantum", based on ancestry and art.

    The 23 Gallery is owned by Laura Russell, a book artist and photographer. Russell lectures, teaches book art, and appears locally and nationally to market her books and the works of other photographers and writers.

  • Newspace Photography Gallery and Archive

    The leading Portland newspaper, the Oregonian’s Newspace is an educational and cultural center for photography. This nonprofit gallery is dedicated to promoting photographic education and appreciation to the public as well as providing a space and building a community where photo enthusiasts can learn, create, discuss and show their work. Newspace offers an independent critique group that meets the first Sunday of every month. This is a place where photographers can meet for discussion and feedback on their work and that of fellow photographers.

    Newspace also participates in the First Friday Artwalks in Portland. In addition to exhibits, local art events, and critique groups, photographers have darkroom access and can participate in regular theme-based contests and exhibits.

  • Black Box Photography Gallery

    The Black Box Gallery located at 811 E. Burnside in Portland, Oregon, is photography gallery dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary photography. Supporting and encouraging creative production, Blackbox Gallery features and the works of both emerging and established photographers and their works. Blackbox Gallery holds a monthly juried exhibition on different themes. It also provides free printing, framing, matting for all photographers who are juried in exhibitions. This is a real boon for a photographer who might otherwise be unable to participate in juried exhibits.

    Black Box photographers include local photographers and those coming from as far away as Russia, Germany, Japan, New York, Chicago, London, San Francisco, Korea, Iceland, Los Angeles, Australia, China, Houston,Texas, Seattle, Washington, and others locations.The gallery is dedicated to supporting and promoting a thoughtfully curated visual photographic experience as a gallery, for the representative photographers and guests and the community.

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