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Photography Council
The Photography Council, working with the Curator of Photography, regularly brings internationally renowned photographers and historians to the Museum for public and private events funded by council dues and community partnerships. Since its founding in 2001, the council has sponsored special programs with David Byrne, John Sexton, Steve Shapiro, Joyce Tenneson, Jerry Uelsmann, and more.

Many council members are photographers and collectors; special events include opportunities to share artwork with other members. In one highly anticipated annual event, members vote to add to the Museum’s photography collection from a selection gathered together and presented by the curator.

Membership Levels

Level Annual Fee
Member $150
Contributor $250
Advocate $500

Photography Council Brown Bag Series

The Photography Council’s Brown Bag Lunch Talks series brings Northwest photography luminaries to discuss their work and current issues in producing and collecting. The talks are open to the public and held on the third Wednesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m.

The Brown Bag Lecture Series is a presentation of the Portland Art Museum’s Photography Council and sponsored by Pro Photo Supply.