Friday, April 02, 2010

Decaneas sells Panopticon Gallery

Tony Decaneas has announced that he is selling Panopticon Gallery of Photography to Jason Landry, a Boston photographer and program and operations manager of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, who plans to continue the gallery at its same Boston location and under the same name.

Decaneas founded Panopticon as a photolab in 1970, and not long after added the gallery. He reports that his first exhibition was in a one-room, basement gallery at 187 Bay State Road in Boston. The gallery moved to 69 Newbury Street, then back to the original location, then to Moody Street in Waltham, before finding its present spot in the Hotel Commonwealth at 502 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston. He writes: “My vision was to create a showplace for local contemporary photographers. That gallery is now the second oldest photography gallery in the United States.”

The photolab continues as Panopticon Imaging in Hingham, which Decaneas sold to Paul Sneyd. And beginning May 14, Landry will take over Panopticon Gallery. Decaneas notes that he plans to curate an exhibition of Vittorio Sella photos this fall and, with Landry, organize a Panopticon 40th anniversary exhibit in 2011. And Decaneas adds: “I committed to an exhibition of Jason's photography at Panopticon Gallery (coming this May) before either one of us had any inkling of the idea that he would be taking over Panopticon Gallery. True story.”


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