our story

Central & Grand is a leading on-line gallery specializing in the sale of large scale, contemporary photographs.

A lifelong collector, Peter Johnson, has drawn on years of experience cultivating his eye for unique, stand alone work—seeking true value in the singular power of the piece. Carefully curated from thousands of pictures worldwide, The Photographs at Central & Grand are selected to be just that, central and grand—unconventional, culturally relevant and immersive statement pieces that elevate emotions and space.

On 5.2.15, with one photographer, Peter set forth to challenge the status quo with the launch of Captured52, releasing a single, large scale, open edition image from each of 52 invited photographers, over 52 weeks per Season. After five Seasons, the images of Captured52 are the foundation on which Central & Grand continues to release important and uncommon, large scale work. 

Today Central & Grand represents a growing portfolio of over 400 original photographs from 218 photographers in 48 countries—a trusted resource for collectors, designers and architects looking for unique, museum quality photographs delivered at the highest level of quality, value and personalized service. 

Meet the Team.

Central & Grand team - Aleks

aleks

Master Printer

The ultimate perfectionist. Aleks is a technical master when it comes to printing and nothing escapes his critical eye. One time he printed a 60” x 80” image five times to get it right. A native Chilean, he’s got a penchant for fine wine, fast cars and real estate. But nothing quite beats being a new parent with his wife Kristina. That’s Elio.

Central & Grand team - Aleks

ali

PR Guru

Wordsmith and lifelong passport puller-outer. Ali’s been chased by a water buffalo in Pushkar, rafted around a landslide in Nepal, and swam amongst hammerheads off Genovesa Island. Excitement right up there with getting our work on the pages of the world’s leading publications! She’s also a damn good runner.

Central & Grand team - Bree

bree

Webmaster

Stylist, director and afternoon meanderer. When it’s time to create photographs that involve pretty dresses and warm swimming pools—watch out, because that’s what really gets her fired up. A true artist, Bree has collaborated with a host of performing artists, including bellydancers and contortionists, and can sometimes be found in front of the camera as well.

Central & Grand team - Carter

carter

Production Lead

Multitasker with an eye for detail. Carter designed and built 2 computers, his first one when he was 16. He spent 6 months studying in Spain and bought his first house when he was 24. Before you know it, he’ll be building a real estate empire! When he’s not honing his skills on Escape from Tarkov or Apex Legends, he’s overseeing every little detail that makes our work so special.

Central & Grand team - Miles

miles

Graphic Designer

Raised in the mountains, rooted in street culture. Miles skis backwards better than most ski forward. Whether he’s on his skis, skateboard, motocross bike or surfboard, his passion for the outdoors and sports culture informs his creative process—as designer and craftsman. He’s floated the Kongakut River to the Arctic Ocean and was the youngest person to heli-ski at CMH.

Central & Grand team - Peter

peter

Founder & Managing Director

Embraces new ideas with contagious enthusiasm. A collector since his days at CU Boulder, he surrounds himself with art. Whenever possible, he’s skiing with his kids, fly fishing, whacking the tennis ball or hiking in the forest with his wife and German Shepherd. He leads a group of civic leaders reimagining the future of his beloved city of Portland. He’s a World Mogul Skiing Champion and was recognized by the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame as a Pioneer of Freestyle Skiing.

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