Museum of Photographic Arts

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Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego.

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is a museum in San Diego’s Balboa Park. First founded in 1974, MOPA opened in 1983.[1][2] MOPA is one of three museums in the US dedicated exclusively to the collection and preservation of photography, with a mission to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video.[3] The museum's address is 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA, 92101.

History[edit]

Arthur Ollman was the Museum of Photographic Arts's first Executive Director. Deborah Klochko is the current (2013) Executive Director. In March 2000, the museum re-opened to the public after a twelve-month renovation project.[2] It expanded its gallery space and added a classroom, a theater, a print viewing room and a 20,000-volume library.[3]

Collection[edit]

Over the years, MOPA has collected thousands of photographs that currently reside in the museum’s permanent collection, which includes photographs that span the history of photography.[4] It includes collections from film maker Lou Stoumen’s estate as well as the entire Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata, August 10, 1945.

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References[edit]

  • Showley, Roger M. (1999). Balboa Park: A Millennium History. Heritage Media Corp. ISBN 1-886483-40-X. 

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Coordinates: 32°43′52″N 117°08′56″W / 32.731°N 117.149°W / 32.731; -117.149