Fostering Appreciation of the Photographic Arts

The Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering appreciation and awareness of the photographic arts through a robust calendar of events and ongoing grant-giving programs. Entirely run by volunteers, PAC·LA is the largest nonprofit organization of its kind in the U.S. devoted to fine art photography. 

Engaging with Members and Artists

In addition to our educational, institutional and artist grants, PAC·LA offers events touching on all areas of the photographic arts. These include:

  • Artist Talks
  • Studio Visits
  • Educational Programming
  • Gallery Visits
  • Private Collection Tours
  • Curator-led Walkthroughs of Museum Exhibitions
  • Travel Opportunities beyond Los Angeles

With few exceptions, events are open to the entire membership.

Contact Us

Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles
149 South Barrington Avenue, Suite 139
Los Angeles, California  90049



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What We Fund

The summer of 2015 saw the beginning of an Arts Funding Initiative by PAC•LA. Our growing membership base has enabled us as a nonprofit group to make donations and grants to Southern California institutions dedicated to preserving photographic history and to increasing the awareness of photography as an important contemporary art form.

PAC•LA Major Grants:

  • Creating a photography-focused Artist In Residence Grant at the Huntington Library and Gardens. Huntington curator, Jenny Watts, chose Los Angeles-based artist, Mary Beth Heffernan to be the first recipient. Ms. Heffernan will research her project at the Huntington where the resulting artwork will be exhibited.
  • A grant to The Autry Museum of The American West for the purchase of four prints from Harry Gamboa's "Chicano Male Unbonded" series. These prints will be shown as part of the Getty Foundation's "LA/LA" citywide initiative.
  • In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, a grant to the Skirball Cultural Center for the exhibition, Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in LA. This exhibition features more than 140 new photographs by Ken Gonzales-Day that capture the vibrant face of muralism and related practices, such as street art, graffiti writing, and sign painting, throughout the city of Los Angeles. 

PAC•LA Supporting Grants:

  • The Center For Creative Photography for research on the archives of Los Angeles-based photographer, Max Yavno. 
  • Venice Arts youth photography program.
  • The Karen Sinsheimer Memorial Fund at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, designated for photography acquisition.
  • The Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego for a lecture co-sponsored by Aperture.
  • Las Fotos Project


Individual Membership

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Benefits of Membership

Since 2013, PAC•LA has offered our members well over 50 programs a year. We are an independent organization without institutional affiliation, a fact that affords us access to the entire photography community here in Los Angeles and beyond. We strive to make photography accessible to everyone from the interested newcomer to the seasoned collector.

As a member you will enjoy:

  • Access to private collections
  • Visits with artists in their studios
  • Curator-led walkthroughs at major museums including The Getty, The Hammer, LACMA, The Huntington, and The Norton Simon
  • Exclusive VIP passes to photography fairs worldwide - Paris Photo, Photo London, Photo San Francisco and others
  • First looks at the newest gallery shows, often before they open
  • Unique PAC•LA-designed photography-focused travel opportunities. PAC•LA destinations have included Chicago, Mexico City, Paris, Carmel, Kansas City and San Francisco
  • Informative lecture programming
  • A yearly PAC•LA curated photography show featuring favorite works collected by our members
  • An annual holiday celebration
  • Free guest passes upon membership renewal
  • Seeing your tax-deductible contribution perpetuating the PAC•LA Arts Funding Initiative

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