Located in San Diego's Balboa Park, MOPA began as a non-profit called "The Center for Photographic Arts." The first piece to grace its walls was a photograph by W. Eugene Smith titled, "Pittsburgh: Smoky City, Steel Plant." The museum opened three days later on May 1, 1983.
(See video below, MOPA's first exhibition.)
MOPA is a center for visual learning, passionately dedicated to sharing and exploring the universal language of photography.
Their permanent collection now boasts works from every corner of photographic history, from the early days of daguerreotype to the current digital medium. By curating creative pieces as well as works of photojournalism, MOPA allows visitors to pull topical meaning from the former and accidental beauty from the latter, fusing the two as art.
Although art objects are carefully preserved within the museum space, the collection as a whole is held by the public, representing who we are and what we value as a culture.
MOPA Permanent Collection
Visit MOPA through October 13 to experience not only a wide swath of photographic history, but the crux of its soul as well.
Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Museum & Store Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day