Street photographers Casey LeClair and John Hernandez share the Main Gallery for this candid and striking exhibit of street photography. Casey’s images are in black and white, contrasted by John's color photos. Together they provide a broad spectrum of what street photography can be. Each photographer has a distinct style and way of looking at their surroundings. From the ironic to the gritty, this exhibit offers a slice of reality from two distinctly different viewpoints.

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Mark Coggins is both an author and photographer.  His images have been used to illustrate his own novels as well as the books of other writers, notably Patricia Cornwell’s Red Mist (end papers) and Roland Barthes’s A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (cover photograph). Most of his photographs are street scenes from cities throughout the world. “I seek to capture people interacting or engaged in a representative activity,” he says. “I hope my work conveys the energy, communal bonds, and in some cases, inherent mystery and alienation of urban life.”

Originally, Coggins used photography to document places he wanted to describe in his books. Then he hit upon the idea of including the photos he was taking in the books. Later, he began to alter the plot of his books to have an excuse to include photos he liked that didn’t have a reference to an existing scene. Now he “moves fluidly between writing and photography, doing both pretty much at the same time.”

Look at his image Zoltar Gets a Shove.  Why is the woman in the photograph pushing the fortune-telling machine through the street?  What brought her to that instant in her life? If Zoltar were to talk, what would he say? These are questions that the viewer asks and then finds herself creating a story to explain.  Coggins’s images portray more than just an instant in time. Somehow, with his writer’s sensibility, he is able to capture a moment that evokes a bigger story—a story redolent with humor and compassion.

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Call for Entries—2017 Student Exhibit

ENTRY PERIOD: March 1 – April 8 (5:00 pm), 2017

EXHIBIT DATES: May 9 – June 3, 2017

Street Photography is all about telling a story. “The decisive moment” was a phrase coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the earliest practitioners of street photography. “The decisive moment” is when everything comes together in a perfect moment, and you hit the shutter. The essence of street photography is about documenting everyday life and society on the streets.

For this year's Student Exhibit, Viewpoint offers a juried exhibit titled Street Stories. There are no entry fees and students may submit up to 3 images.  Cash awards will be offered for this exhibit: 1st Place: $150, 2nd Place: $100, 3rd Place: $75.

Check out the Call for Entries page and the Prospectus for full details.


An Early Call for Entries—Picturing the Parkway: Celebrating the American River Parkway in Photographs

ENTRY PERIOD: May 1 to July 29, 2017

EXHIBIT DATES: September 2017

Viewpoint is announcing this open exhibition a year in advance to encourage all interested photographers to explore the richness of the American River Parkway in all seasons and weathers.

Considered the blueprint for urban parks across the U.S., the 4,900-acre American River Parkway extends along the Lower American River for 23 miles, from Folsom Dam to Discovery Park at the confluence with the Sacramento River. Combining conservation with scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and a wide range of recreational opportunities, the Parkway hosts more than 5 million visitors annually. The Parkway also provides a wealth of photographic opportunities in all seasons of the year.

To celebrate this "jewel of the Sacramento region", Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is planning a major photographic exhibit in the autumn of 2017. Entitled Picturing the Parkway: Celebrating the American River Parkway in Photographs, the exhibit will feature a juried selection of photographs made within the American River Parkway. The exhibit is open to all photographers and all photographic techniques.

So get out there and start taking pictures! Details on the Call For Entries page.

Artist Receptions

Friday, March 10, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday, March 10, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday, March 10, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday, April 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday, April 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Other Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, March 5, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Thursday, March 16, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Platinum Sponsor


Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones

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