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“Amazing photo gallery”

Rodney Lough Jr. San Francisco Gallery
Ranked #271 of 573 things to do in San Francisco
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Wow a must see! We really enjoyed these amazing wilderness photographic masterpieces.

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Reviewed April 28, 2012

Rodney Lough Jr. San Francisco Gallery
One Jefferson, San Francisco, CA 94133

The head salesman at this gallery emailed me saying that I should visit the Grand Opening in February 2012 of what is now the largest art gallery in North America. I didn’t quite believe him as many art salespeople like to boast. However, when I visited there, I am convinced that this really is the largest art gallery (as of 2012) in the United States, and solely dedicated to one artist, Rodney Lough Junior, a photographer based in Oregon. The gallery store is huge, his largest yet! (I guess it must’ve been a vacant brand name clothing store before).

Photographers Rodney Lough Jr. and Peter Lik (from Australia) are considered by many as competitors with each other. Both sometimes take scenic photos at the exact same location; both artists use top-quality film paper and hardwood framing; and both sell Limited Numbered photographs in large formats with equally large price tags. Peter Lik has galleries in Las Vegas, Colorado, Hawaii, Florida, and Southern California whereas Rodney Lough Jr. has galleries in Northern California, Oregon and Las Vegas. As such, a visit to a Rodney Lough (and Peter Lik) gallery should be considered a lifetime experience treat in many ways since the galleries are so few and far apart. The photographs one views in person at the gallery trounces any viewing experience one gets online at the computer monitor. As the saying goes, “You have to be there to really experience it” rings true when it comes to the scenic photographs’ colors, size, visual impact, and mood. Sure, one could buy art online; however, the true vibe comes from actually being in front of the piece and contemplating if the artwork excites the senses enough to open the checkbook.

The Rodney Lough Jr. San Francisco gallery used to be at the end of Pier 39. That former pier gallery had a respectable if somewhat cramped size, but nowhere near the floor and ceiling space of this current one on the corner of Jefferson Street diagonally across the street from Pier 39. The aisles here are wide; this gallery doesn’t have the usual cramped and cozy feel as many art galleries I’ve visited here in San Francisco and in Las Vegas. All new on the inside, the Rodney Lough gallery has nice hardwood floors throughout, a grand lofty two story glass entrance, a wood fireplace with real fire, overhead spotlights aimed at the photos, a wide open maze of white walls where the photos are hung, four to five private rooms for customer viewing, and large wood carved tables for sale scattered throughout the gallery. Employees’ desks are placed among the maze of walls. Sunlight shines on the photos closest to the glass entrance. As one moves inward, the gallery gets windowless and dark with only spotlights for illumination. Some art galleries do not offer the choice of natural sunlight to view artwork. Therefore, Rodney Lough made a good decision in moving his San Francisco gallery from the dark Pier 39 corner store to this new location with windows on two sides of the building.

The Rodney Lough San Francisco Gallery mixes its samples of framed forests, waterfalls, canyons, meadows, and mountains along the maze of walls. The Gallery must have at least over fifty color samples of photos to browse through, often in one meter or larger in format. Most of the mounted ones are Limited Edition Artists Proofs, resplendently colorful under well-aimed overhead spotlights. Placards along the sides describe the location of the shot, ranked popularity among buyers, along with any field notes and comments made by Rodney Lough.

I must have visited during the employees’ lunch break because I only saw one saleswoman who was busy helping a client on the phone. Thus, I browsed the entire gallery uninterrupted and was not pressured to buy anything. I took perhaps forty minutes to see everything—the gallery was that large—and made the walk through the maze of walls twice just to see some of the photos and read their tiles and field notes over again. Again, nothing beats actually seeing the photos in person, framed on the wall as intended to be displayed at the home or office.

While the prices of most of the framed photos cost around a few thousand dollars (after all, Rodney Lough Jr. and Peter Lik are competitors in the same art field catering to the high-end realistic scenic photo art connoisseur), buyers could settle for a poster of Lough’s photos which starts at around $40. His posters have borders with printed titles on them so there’s no mistaking them for a signed Limited Number framed photograph. Nonetheless, the posters do capture the exact same scene and color as the photographs which cost a lot more.

The new Rodney Lough Jr. San Francisco Gallery lives up to the hype of being the largest art gallery in the nation, as far as I’m told. This place truly displays photos in a positive clean setting under sunlight or spotlight and gives the viewer a sense of peaceful calm and beautiful appreciation of nature’s grandeur. I felt special knowing that this city has such a unique gallery, a store strategically placed in a tourist area, where a visit gives one a visual “experience of a lifetime.”

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Reviewed April 1, 2012

We saw this place while driving by and had to stop in. Once inside we were floored by the incredible photos. These are like no others I have ever seen in a gallery any where. His photos are breathtaking and make this place like a museum of west coast wilderness. The salesman was in no way push, but was incredibly friendly and informative. The place is huge and made with recycled wood flooring, benches, and sculptures throughout. Well worth stopping in, even just to browse.

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Reviewed October 24, 2013
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Reviewed August 14, 2013
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