The Fair has come to town! PhotoLA is back for the 19th edition!

Many years ago, PhotoLA was held at the local auction house, Butterfields & Butterfields, up on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Opening night was dedicated to raising money for a charitable cause, and photo aficionados from around the city gathered, to see what the dealers from all over the world had brought to town.
It almost felt like a bazaar, as the booths were trucked into nooks and crannies of the space, or the larger areas were cut up like mismatched cookies to accommodate each dealers specific wares. Large prints, books, viewing racks, loose prints, it was all there.
And the best part was looking around and realizing who shared your passion for the photographic arts.
Everyone was welcome: celebrities, musicians, students, the tragically hip, baby collectors, and those just excited to see this much photography in one place.
Stephen Cohen started it then and he continues it now at what has become the second home for PhotoLA, the Santa Monica Civic Center.

Last night was the traditional opening night, with hosts David La Chapelle and Christopher Lowell.

Snackage, great and varied photography and, most important, the photographic community all made the scene.
Many luminaries of the photographic world were there. Shaking hands, hugging, going around in their solitary manner looking at the work.
And then the rest of us, who regularly attend these kind of things, taking a walk through and making mental notes on what to come back to.

Artist: Hu Li, Title: Backward Backward
Courtesy of MR Gallery

There is always something to come back to.
The hidden gems you missed while surfing the walls.
One such photo tucked into a full wall of images was a photo of Diane Arbus, camera at the ready in a park, already engaging a perspective subject. Awesome! (we’ll see if we can show that in the next article.)
One of our favorite features are the seminars helping you understand what you are looking at on the walls.
Not a book about each image, but a sense of place in the history of photography.
Even if you are not ready to collect, the learnings are huge.
Plus David La Chapelle will be speaking on Saturday.

The red dots signifying a sale were already being placed on some pieces last night, as collectors were buying before they were lost to another.
Good news in these economic times.


Artist: Julie Blackmon, Title: Baby Toss, Year 2009, Medium: Archival Pigment Print, Size: 22″ x 29″
Edition of 25
Courtesy of photo-eye Gallery

Every time we come to these art fairs, we do photograph the scene, but showing you images of people looking at images, seems kinda pointless for those not able to attend the event for geographic reasons, which is most of you.
So, we’ll be taking a tighter look around on Saturday and then sharing links to the galleries that we thought had some interesting work you may want to check out, even on online.
Cool?

PhotoLA
The 19th Annual International
Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
January 14 – 17, 2010
Santa Monica Civic
1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401-3209
310.458.8551

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Upcoming Events

  • Photoshopworld
  • August 10-13, 2015
  • Mandalay Bay Hotel
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • N1-800-201-7323

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Current Exhibitions

  • Clampart
  • David Armstrong, Mark Morrisroe, Nan Goldin | Boston to New York
  • Through June 20th, 2015
  • 531 W 25th St
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Getty Center
  • Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography
  • April 14th – September 6th, 2015
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • Nevet Yitzhak – WarCraft
  • Through July 10th, 2015
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Frédéric Brenner: An Archaeology of Fear and Desire
  • Through July 3rd, 2015
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Staley-Wise Gallery
  • BERT STERN: FROM THE ARCHIVES OF BERT STERN
  • Through June 20th, 2015
  • 560 Broadway
  • New York,NY
  • 10012
  • Phone: 1-212-966-6223
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola
  • Through Oct. 4th,, 2015
  • 11 West 53rd Street
  • NYC,NY
  • 10019-5497
  • (212) 708-9400
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Fatal Attraction
    Piotr Uklański Photographs
  • Through August 16th, 2015
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
  • New York, NY 10028
  • Phone: 212-535-7710

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