The ImageMakers was formed in April 1996 by a group of fine art photographers on the Monterey Peninsula, in Central California, who wanted to create a venue where they could exchange ideas about the rapidly evolving world of contemporary photography. They also wanted to review and discuss new work in progress by their fellow artists working in the field. From an initial group of six photographers, the ImageMakers has grown to an enthusiastic organization of over 60 members.

The members currently work in both black and white, color and also with digital images. Their work includes documentary, landscapes, portraits, underwater sea life, architecture, still life, graphic design, and a variety of other types of subject matter, images, and processes. Some members are new to the art while others have photographs in museums throughout the world. The group includes photographers who are instructors for UC Santa Cruz, Monterey Peninsula College, Cabrillo College and for a number of photographic workshops.

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The ImageMakers feel that the informal manner used to structure the organization maximizes the free exchange of ideas and provides inspiration and encouragement to a group of highly motivated photographers dedicated to the production of high quality fine art photographs. The goal of the ImageMakers is to ensure that photography, as a vital art form, will continue and thrive on the Monterey Peninsula.