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About Us

Our History

The gallery was founded in July 2001 by attorney and photography collector Paul Paletti. The idea for the gallery manifested soon after the office building on Market Street was purchased by Paletti and his partners for their law offices. Six months of renovation included specific layout and lighting for a photographic art gallery.

The gallery’s debut to the Louisville art community came in July 2001, with its participation in the second Photo Biennial, showing the photographs of Rolfe Horn. The gallery became one of the original participants in the First Friday Gallery Hop, a public event occurring on the first Friday of each month. Currently 50+ Louisville galleries and venues on Main and Market Streets extend their hours, offer refreshments, and welcome thousands to view the artwork.

Our Mission

The mission of the Paul Paletti Gallery is to educate the public about photography as a sophisticated art medium that is varied, beautiful, and highly collectible.

We exhibit historic and contemporary photographic artworks of museum quality in which the photographer combines a superlative degree of technical virtuosity along with a distinctive vision.

Our gallery sets an aesthetic and scholarly standard for the display and sale of artworks to support and educate collectors and the public and serves as an educational resource for photographers, teachers, and students.

Paul Paletti


About Paul Paletti

Paletti is a Louisville, KY native. He attended Middlebury College for 3 years before transferring to the University of New Mexico where he studied with Beaumont Newhall, Van Deren Coke, and Ray Metzker and received a BFA in photography. Paletti earned a MA in photography at Central Washington University in 1975 and his JD at the University of Louisville in 1987. He has been a partner in the law firm of Sturm, Paletti, and Wilson since 1994.

Paletti has served on the Board of Directors for Louisville Visual Arts Association, Louisville Fund for the Visual Art, Kentucky Cancer Research Foundation, and LOOK at Louisville Visual Arts.