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Portraits of Vision

February 21 - March 9, 2017 - From photographer Lynda Koolish's book African American Writers: Portraits and Visions, the pop-up exhibition Portraits of Vision opens at the Museum of Photographic Arts from Feb. 21 - March 9, 2017. The exhibition celebrates Black History Month, Women's History Month and International Women's Day on March 8. Read more

Featured Exhibition

The Prix Pictet prize highlights important social and environmental issues through the use of photography. In its sixth cycle, 12 artists examine the disorder they see in the world. The exhibition Prix Pictet: Disorder brings global attention to a range of concerns from mass production to the effects of war to natural disasters. 

Artists include:
Valérie Belin
Ilit Azoulay
Matthew Brandt
Maxim Dondyuk
Alixandra Fazzina
Ori Gersht
John Gossage
Pieter Hugo
Gideon Mendel
Sophie Ristelhueber
Brent Stirton
Yang Yongliang

For the theme of this cycle, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan elaborates in his essay for the accompanying catalogue:
"Our times are defined by disorder. Our mastery over manifold aspects of life has deluded us into thinking that we have bent the planet to our will. Yet the fragility of that assumption is exposed with each new pandemic, earthquake, tsunami or drought. With each passing day our illusion of order is shattered."


Major exhibition support provided by Crystal Pyramid Productions, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the Gardner Bilingual Fund. 



Did you know that some early photographs were known as the “mirror with a memory”?

Discover the answers to this question and more in MOPA’s new gallery where you’ll explore the origins of photography, and its impact on how we view the world around us and ourselves.

And now, try out three types of 3-D viewers in our new interactive 3-D photography section. This new component in Seeing Is Believing? takes you through the history of 3-D photography for an immersive experience that shows how we see in three dimensions. From historic stereo cameras to your smartphone, look for the Anaglyphic Shadows box and make your own 3-D photograph to take home.

Exhibition presented in English and Spanish.