The oldest photography gallery in the city sails into a new chapter with At Sea, Panopticon’s first show under a new director and owner since temporarily closing its Hotel Commonwealth doors in April.Read More
Stardust, a limited edition monograph by L'Artiere Edizioni (Italy) is now available for pre-order!Read More
This venerable gallery re-opens in its Kenmore Square location under the new ownership of Paul Sneyd (Panopticon Imaging) and directorship of Kat Kiernan (Don’t Take Pictures magazine) with At Sea, a group exhibit celebrating its new voyage.Read More
"Kat Kiernan, formerly owner of a photography gallery in Lexington, VA, and still editor of the magazine Don’t Take Pictures, has now become Director of Panopticon Gallery, on Commonwealth Avenue, in Boston, MA. Her first show as Director of the Gallery is a group show entitled At Sea.
Among the work included in this show is a set of tricolor gum prints by Raleigh-based photographer Diana H. Bloomfield."
"The appeal, I think, is in letting go of language when I’m working photographically, and having a purely visual vocabulary to employ. And my photographic work, because I work in a way that requires preparing paper and brushing on sensitizer, has an element of the hand in it, which carries an immensely pleasurable and meaningful feel that does not exist when writing. I think each genre affords me space from the other, and also lessons about the other."Read More
Panopticon Gallery is pleased to announce “First Look,” our first annual Juried Portfolio Showcase. Five portfolios will be selected for exhibition from January 4 to February 27, 2018.Read More
Amy Friend's photographs accompany Emily Eakin's essay "Lord of the WASPs: Life On an Island Utopia" in the Summer 2017 issue of VQR, a national journal of literature and discussion.Read More
We are excited to announce Kat Kiernan as the gallery's Director. As the former Owner and Director of The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia, she has produced dozens of exhibitions. Prior to joining Panopticon, Kat was the Assistant Director of Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York City.
Kat's writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017). In 2013, she founded the photography publication Don't Take Pictures, which she continues to publish. She received the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award in 2015 for her contributions to the photographic community. Kat has reviewed portfolios at festivals including Photolucida, Filter Photo, and PhotoNOLA, and lectured on photography at various institutions. Kat divides her time between Boston and New York City.
"Amy Friend has a long practice of using vernacular photographs as a way to create art. Her unique approach to photography has garnered her placement in the Critical Mass Top 50 for three years in a row resulting in a monograph of her Dare alla Luce series."Read More
Her series, A Year Book, uses pictures of home, job place and new family to document a path in life she never planned or expected.Read More
In anticipation of his forthcoming monograph, Wired featured Kent Krugh's series Speciation.
"The 160 images in his wonderful series Speciation provides a fascinating history of the camera. Krugh, a medical physicist, developed a love of photography in childhood."
Panopticon Gallery (est. 1971) is one of the oldest fine art photography galleries in the United States. Located inside Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, MA, Panopticon exhibits contemporary photography by emerging and established photographers from around the globe.
In 1971, Tony Decaneas founded the high quality black and white printing lab, Panopticon with the idea that the lab would fund his personal photography. Building on the success of the lab, he opened Panopticon Gallery one year later. In 2007, Decaneas sold the printing lab (Panopticon Imaging) to Paul Sneyd; and sold the gallery to Jason Landry in 2010. In May 2017, Paul Sneyd purchased the gallery and united the two businesses once more.