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A new view for Waltham gallery

Posted by ssiek March 16, 2007 11:18 AM

Panopticon Gallery, which has illustrated its corner on Moody and Chestnut Streets with striking black and white and color photographs since 1999, will leave Waltham for its Kenmore Square gallery at the end of this month.

Owner and director Tony Decaneas said Panopticon will move into its existing satellite gallery inside the Hotel Commonwealth at 500 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.

"What I'm going to miss about this place is the space. It's just a fabulous big open gallery, the type of place where you can really do installations," says Decaneas of the 435 Moody Street space. "We have to be a little more creative in the new space.... but this place will be hard to beat."

The gallery also specializes in restoring and printing old film and plate glass negatives, and their imaging and darkroom services will move to a new location in Hingham under the leadership of Paul Sneyd, the longtime darkroom manager.

Decaneas said that over the years the gallery has worked for museums, private collectors, and historical groups. His favorite work was making prints of Fenway Park while it was first being built, and the earliest known aerial photo of Boston after the Great Fire of 1872.

A moving sale is set for March 24, where Decaneas said buyers can find everything from old postcards to darkroom equipment to framing materials.

- Stephanie V. Siek

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