Past Exhibitions

The Power of Photography

October 7, 2023 – January 14, 2024

Steve McCurry, The Afghan Girl, Sharbut Gula, Pakistan, 1984, © Steve McCurry/Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery.

The Power of Photography features a selection of iconic images which were compiled by the pioneering collector and gallerist Peter Fetterman to celebrate the photograph’s unique capacity for sensibility. Fetterman has been championing the photographic arts for over 40 years. He runs one of the leading fine art photography galleries in the world with a special emphasis on humanist photography. During the long months of the COVID-19 lockdown, he published one photograph online per day, accompanied by inspirational text, quotes, and poetry. Striking a chord with followers from around the world, this digital collection now sits at around 1,000 images.

This exhibition presents a carefully curated selection of over 70 outstanding original prints from the series, along with Fetterman’s insightful words. These works offer an inspiring overview of the medium while paying homage to masters of the art. From the bizarre Boschian fantasies of Melvin Sokolsky to the haunting humanity of Edward Weston’s portraits; from rare interior shots by famed nude photographer Ruth Bernhard to Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl, one of the most recognizable photographs ever taken; this exhibition gathers some of the most unique and heartening photographs from the 20th century. Each image is a time capsule, offering us a glimpse into days gone past. Yet, each photograph also speaks of tranquility, peace, and hope for the future.

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The Power of Photography is organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. This presentation of The Power of Photography is sponsored by The Ronald C. and Kristine Pietersma Family Trust.

About Peter Fetterman

Born in London, Peter Fetterman, initially a filmmaker and collector, has helmed the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, for over 35 years. He is the author of The Power of Photography which was released May 2022, published by ACC Art Books. It reached the top of the photography book bestseller list on Amazon He is also the author of Woman A Celebration (2003) published by Chronicle Books, and Cornell Capa (2002).


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