The Center for Photography at Madison


The Center for Photography at Madison (CPM) provides a home for photographic activity, and promotes photography for creative expression, cultural investigation and personal enjoyment. Through a broad range of programming, classes and exhibitions, CPM offers a forum for all of Wisconsin for the exchange of ideas, as well as the appreciation and study of the photographic arts.

CPM offers educational opportunities for a wide range of experience, from photography classes and workshops, monthly interest groups meetings, to a variety of lectures and special programs. In addition, members receive access to CPM-sponsored exhibitions, our own gallery, a well-equipped wet darkroom, and digital print lab, an informal meeting area, as well as a library and resource center.

CPM is a non-profit organization; class discounts and special programming opportunities are available to members, but we encourage everyone with an interest in photography to stop by and join us for any event or activity.

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The Center for Photography at Madison’s studio and gallery space is located at 303 S. Paterson St. (near Williamson St) in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. To contact us, feel free to reach out to any of the various leaders listed, or

The Gallery is open to the public each Sunday from 12 - 4, and during other public events.

Mail should be sent to: CPM, PO Box 56022 Madison, WI 53705-9322

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The ‘Open Questions’ series during our Third Thursday lecture slot began in January with a look at ‘revealing portraiture. On April 17 we close the circle with the final lecture by James Rhem, a look at the self-portrait and the ‘selfie.’ 

In this month's lecture, James Rhem will take last month's landscape discussion into a broader direction: beyond a view of a "pretty picture made outdoors," we'll see how potographers over the last 50 years have expanded to include things such as the "social landscape." 

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