Hotel Commonwealth

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502c Commonwealth Avenue
(Inside Hotel Commonwealth)
Boston, MA 02215

Subway: Green Line to Kenmore (B,C,D trains)

Hours: Panopticon Gallery is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gallery staff is available Monday - Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm. 

Contact Us

T: 781 740 1300

Artist submissions:


Printing Services

Through our affiliate, Panopticon Imaging, we offer darkroom and digital printing, high-resolution scanning, and photo restoration. We serve a diverse array of local, national and international photographers, educational institutions, historical archives and museums. We strive to offer the highest-quality services in a prompt manner with integrity and excellent customer services.

History of Panopticon

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.

1971   Tony Decaneas opens Panopticon Gallery in a basement one-room gallery in Boston’s Back Bay with an exhibition of local photographers.

1976   Panopticon Gallery moves to Newbury Street in Boston. Exhibitions include: Alfred Steiglitz, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Garry Winogrand, Steven Frank, and more.

1978   The gallery returns to Back Bay and exhibits Tod Papageorge, Jane Tuckerman, Ernest Withers, Bradford Washburn, Lou Jones, among others.

2000   Panopticon Gallery moves to Waltham, MA and exhibits Constantine Manos, Bradford Washburn, Elrich Mack, Alex Maclean, among others.

2004   Panopticon Gallery opens a second space at Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, where it remains today.

2007   Master printer Paul Sneyd acquires the printing lab (Panopticon Imaging) from Tony Decaneas.

2010   Jason Landry acquires Panopticon Gallery from Tony Decaneas and exhibits William Wegman, Vik Muniz, Chuck Close, Stephen Sheffield, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Henry Horenstein, Arno Minkkinen, Abelardo Morell, Shelby Lee Adams, Stella Johnson, among many others.

2017   Paul Sneyd celebrates 10 years of ownership of Panopticon Imaging and acquires Panopticon Gallery from Jason Landry, uniting the two businesses once more.


Framing Services

We offer a wide variety of beautifully crafted custom wood and metal frame moldings. Framing doesn’t have to be a daunting task. We have a vast variety of mounting, matting and frame moldings for you to choose from. We are more than happy to assist in selecting the frame that will highlight your artwork and convey your visual aesthetic. At Panopticon Imaging we only uses the highest quality and archival matting, mounting and framing techniques.


We have a delivery van that can accommodate images up to 56 × 70 inches in width. We make weekly deliveries to the Boston and the South Shore area. Also, we can make deliveries on request to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.


We offer semester-long internships to undergraduate and graduate students in the Boston area. Students must be able to receive school credit.