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Photo Collective – Providing a Hub for Photographers

Photo Collective provides Salt Lake with a community photo studio.


(use this one and the other one for website) Jessica Judy Gilmore and Dave Brewer In the natural light studio at PhotoCollective Studios.jpg
Jessica Judy Gilmore and Dave Brewer of Photo Collective Photo by Mike Jones

The importance of a good community photo studio can’t be understated. As a photographer, you often want the control and security that shooting in a well equipped studio space can offer.

To every serious photographer’s delight, in the summer of 2011 an establishment opened that would contribute to Utah’s art scene in a way that hadn’t been seen in quite a while.

Moving from Los Angeles to Utah in 2010  Dave Brewer says, “I noticed there were a lot of Salt Lake photographers collaborating on bigger productions but there really wasn’t a space for people to come together,” Photo Collective was opened to serve this niche.

In the years since 2011, Dave and his life partner Jessica Judy Gilmore have fine-tuned the Studio, turning it into a local mecca for photographers and models.

“The Photo Collective is a home-base for studio photographers. I collaborated with many people to to create educational workshops, classes, and building the studio into a versatile space that any photographer would want to use,” says Dave.

The Photo Collective boasts a myriad of backdrops, a studio equipped with lighting, a natural light studio, an Epson 9600 44-inch archival inkjet printer, a fully functioning dark room, an antique/vintage camera collection, and even an office spaces.

“We really are a networking hub for photographers, filmmakers and graphic artists,” Dave says. “We get photographers that range from professionals to amateurs.”

“The Photo Collective occupies a 100-year-old space in west downtown that was originally Salt Lake City’s Greektown. The space was once a cafe and hotel that was called “the central meeting place of the working man.”

“Our building really does have a unique history. From providing opportunities for immigrants and artists who were just arriving, up until now, a hundred years later, this space continues to offer opportunities and a place for people and artists from all over to gather. We are planning on hosting a Valentine’s Day ball on February 14.” Check the website for information:


The Photo Collective

561 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT

11:00 am to 7:00 pm

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