Although photography galleries are now part of the mainstream art world, it wasn’t always this way. Even though the art of photography is not as old a medium as painting or drawings photos are now a vital form of visual art.

The exploration of the world through a camera lens began in the 19th century with noted photographers. The art of photography was born in Paris during the heyday of modernization and the Impressionist style of painting. Everything outdoors was considered the new format of understanding our world, called “plein air,” which is French for “in the open air.” Portraits were the first genre of the photographic artists, then pictures of nature and historical events became the norm. As they say, “rest is history.” Enjoy these contemporary Sacramento photography galleries and consider a trip to a museum to compare the original form.

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Price: Free Admission
Hours: Appointment only, 2nd Saturday of each month 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Appel Gallery Fine Art Photography is one of the better places to exhibit, and art lovers can view the works by appointment. While the gallery is not currently exhibiting any one-artist-shows, locals can view works by a wide variety of artists all in one visit. The best opportunity to see these works and meet the artists is through Sacramento’s “Art About Town” on the Second Saturday of every month. The artists’ receptions are scheduled to coordinate with the Sacramento’s Art Walk.

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Price: Free, Regular membership $60
Hours: Mon to Sun—Closed, Tues to Thurs—Noon to 6 p.m., Fri to Sat—Noon to 5 p.m.

Viewpoint is a nonprofit center whose mission is to promote the works of local photographers while showcasing the works of both new and renowned photographers to the community. This March, Viewpoint will be exhibiting photos taken by an international group of artists who showcase their work in an online photo gallery and social networking site called 1X. The online forum allows respected artists from around the world to collaborate, discuss and showcase their work. On the first Wednesday of each month, people can gather at the center for Print Night to discuss and view prints either taken by themselves or others.

Online: Sacramento Valley Photo Gallery

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Price: Prints range from $25 to $200

Sacramento Valley Photo Gallery is an online gallery that showcases the work of Mark Keller. Keller has built a very large portfolio of shots of various places in the Sacramento Valley, including downtown, the East Side, Folsom and the Delta. This is the perfect place to go for those looking for local photos in which to decorate their homes with. Visitors can order prints in their desired size or have a custom print made for larger areas.


Hours: Mon to Fri—10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat—10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun to Mon—Closed

Blue Wing Art Gallery is a great place not only to view photographic art, but also to have your own framed. The gallery hosts artist receptions, does custom framing, collages and can even restore old photographs. If you have sports memorabilia or just want your old college jersey framed, they can do that, too.

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Camille Wheat is a native of California. She has an AA in Liberal Arts and a BA in Art History. She enjoys Classical music and Jazz, as well as Opera. Her work can be found at

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