House of Photographic Art

The House of Photographic Art (HOPA) is a unique venue with a singular mission of introducing the fine art of photography to Orange County, joining San Diego and Los Angeles counties as a major West Coast reservoir of important photography of the 20th and 21st centuries. HOPA aims to raise local awareness of the breadth of photographic styles while building a wider appreciation for photography as a highly collectible fine art medium.

The gallery is located at 27182 Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. In addition to the art gallery, HOPA will present larger exhibitions and events at the historic Forster Mansion. HOPA will display exceptional artwork in an intimate residential setting, offering viewers the opportunity to enjoy the images in the collection at a leisurely pace, discovering new treasures around every corner. The engaging images in the HOPA collection will seek to evoke beauty and honest emotion from each viewer. Our aim is to delight the senses, to please the eyes, challenge the mind, and touch the heart with images captured through the camera’s lens.

HOPA will host exhibitions which trace the evolution of photography from its inception through the most modern technological advancements. We will highlight both the works of internationally recognized artists and the works of emerging contemporary artists.

As an active member of the community, HOPA presents the public with an opportunity to learn about the developing trends in the photographic marketplace through an ongoing series of lectures and seminars with prominent members of the photographic community. In an ongoing effort to inspire future photographers of all ages, HOPA will host private programs for school groups and visiting scholars. In keeping with its history as a public gathering place, the Forster Mansion and grounds will be available upon request for private tours.

Arnold Newman

Carol Beckwith &
Angela Fisher

Graham Nash

Robert Hansen

Phillip Stewart Charis

George Barris


Jay Stock, Ansel Adams, Joyce Wilson, George Hurrell, Edward Steichen, Baron De Meyer, Linda McCartney, Ernest H. Brooks II, Alfred Stieglitz, Tom Kelley, Milton Greene, Bert Stern, Lydia Heston, Merret Smith, Sheila Metzner, Andre Kertesz, Edward Weston and many more…

Gallery Information
House of Photographic Art
27182 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
T: 949-496-5990
Hours: By Appointment Only


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