Paul Paletti at a recent opening reception | Photo by Patrick Pfister, Courtesy of Paul Paletti Gallery
Paul Paletti at a recent opening reception | Photo by Patrick Pfister, Courtesy of Paul Paletti Gallery

It was 2001 when attorney and photographer Paul Paletti decided to open an art gallery focused on fine art photography along Louisville’s somewhat neglected East Market Street. Since then, the Paul Paletti Gallery has served as an anchor in the transformation of the NuLu neighborhood, and it has exhibited more than 56 shows and played host to the Louisville Photo Biennial.

On Friday, July 15, Paletti and his staff invite the public to a special anniversary celebration and the kickoff of their latest exhibit, a 15-year retrospective titled “Reflected.” The show will include works from most of the 56 shows the gallery has exhibited throughout the years and feature food, drink and even some “surprises.”

"American National Cemetery, Omaha Beach, France, 1995" by Lynn Geesaman will be part of "Reflected."
“American National Cemetery, Omaha Beach, France, 1995” by Lynn Geesaman will be part of “Reflected.”

The gallery’s mission statement has always been to showcase museum-quality photographs for the Louisville community. Here’s a look at the full statement:

“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 mission is to educate the public about photography as a sophisticated art medium that is varied, beautiful, and highly collectible.”

Some of the notable photographers who have been featured at the gallery are Henry Horenstein, George Hurrell, Bill Schwab, Margaret Oechsli, Michael Kenna, David Alan Harvey, Shelby Lee Adams and many, many more.

Insider spoke with gallery assistant Sam Miller about what she believes is the secret to the gallery’s success throughout the years. And although she’s only worked there since January, Miller says hands down it’s Paletti.

“(His) passion is infectious,” she says. “He can talk to anyone about photography — from fellow aficionados to someone just wandering in during a Trolley Hop — and everyone is left enriched. At my interview, I joked that art was his superpower (lawyer by day, etc.). Little did I know I was exactly right.”

Friday’s anniversary party is free and runs from 5-8 p.m. “Reflected” continues through Sept. 27. The Paul Paletti Gallery is located at 713 E. Market St.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."