Criss-crossing the U.S., Dunas created a series called American Pictures, spending time in the Mississippi delta he photographed blues players. He shot nudes in France. Baroque and Renaissance gardens, and street pictures from around the world. These photographs became several significant and unique bodies of work.
Dunas has seven books and five museum catalogs published, works included in many major museum collections (including LACMA; The Getty; Maison de la Photographie Europeen, Paris; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; and the George Eastman House Museum, Rochester, New York.) His photography has appeared in hundreds of publications including Life, Esquire, GQ, Paris Match, Vibe and Playboy.
Located in the heart of West Los Angeles, Duncan Miller Gallery specializes in unique works of fine art photography from significant artists.Our gallery’s comfortable ambiance allows for unrushed viewing and personal service.
Thursday through Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
Tel: 310 838 2440
The Duncan Miller Gallery is located in West Los Angeles, 1/3 mile East of the 405 Freeway.
ADDRESS: 10959 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
By Jim McKinniss
Looking ahead, the Palm Springs Photo Festival is gearing up for their annual festival on March 28 through April 2nd and have a full agenda of photographic workshops and seminars. Here is some of their recent information:
The Palm Springs Photo Festival will celebrate its 5th year in 2010. With 20 extraordinary Workshops, 20 Seminars, four Important Symposiums, more than 700 Portfolio Reviews available and two fabulous Networking Parties, this will be our most ambitious program to date. Plan to be with us next year for a remarkable event!
We have added an important new Seminar: ” Photography & The Written Word, with Colin Finlay which will take place on Wednesday, March 31 at 2:45pm.
There are only two places left for Joel Meyerowitz; Only a few places left for the Keith Carter and Frank Ockenfels workshops. If you’re considering taking one of these workshops, we urge you to sign up without delay.
We are proud to welcome three new Sponsors to Connect 2010: Western Digital, Studio Photo Imaging and CW Sonderoptic, makers of fine cine lenses for the Red camera and others. In addition, Connect 2010 marks the return of Epson as a festival sponsor. Mac Holbert will be demonstrating printmaking on the new Epson 9900 in the Sponsorship Headquarters of the Hyatt Regency during the festival.
Workshop Change: The Fine Art Nude workshop will be conducted by world-renowned photographer, JOCK STURGES. This workshop will be limited to 16 students. If you’re tempted to study with this remarkable photographer, register now!
Be ahead of the game! Send us your Slide Show Contest entries now! There is no charge to submit your work. See the weblink above for complete information. Your work could be seen by our entire remarkable faculty and the whole festival audience in addition to the many prizes you may win.
For those interested in participating in our Open Portfolio Review on Sunday, March 28: If you’re presently signed up for our Portfolio Review program, you’ll be receiving an invite to take part in this exciting event soon. If you’re considering adding Portfolio Reviews when you sign up, you’ll be notified soon after registering of your eligibility, which is subject to availability. We’re presently limited to being able to offer this opportunity to 75 attendees only.
All the information you need can be found here. So check it out!
By Douglas Stockdale
a mixed media participatory project by:
Lynne Mori Elliott
Mary Cecile Gee
Betsy Lohrer Hall
Conceived of and coordinated by Betsy Lohrer Hall
One part of a larger exhibition: Actions, Conversations, and Intersections
an exhibition exploring the participatory practices of over 60 Los Angeles based artists and organizations
curated by Edith Abeyta and Michael Lewis Miller
January 28 – April 18, 2010
opening reception: Sunday, January 31, 2:00pm
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
gallery hours: Thurs – Sun 12 – 5pm
By Jim McKinniss
M+B is pleased to present the exhibition Week-End, the latest body of work by 29-year old photographer ALEX PRAGER. Completely self-taught and recognized for her trademark vision that trumps any formal training, Prager’s Week-end is a collection of color photographs as dazzling as they are bizarre.
The culmination of a trilogy that began with Polyester and The Big Valley, Prager’s Week-End began as organically as her other series. Inspired by the high drama of classic movies—which, despite their theatricality, touch upon genuine emotions of alienation, fear, anger, longing, and lust—Prager’s images seem at first to be all exquisite surface. However the girls of this series—named “Barbara,” “Jane,” “Lois” and other such conventional and slightly old-fashioned monikers—conceal pain beneath their lipstick-lined smiles and dead eyes. Informed largely by Los Angeles, with its perpetual blue skies and birds singing from imported palm trees, Prager’s work exudes an underlying sense of the eerie monotony and unease that can permeate beneath the surface of beauty and the promise of happiness.
In the artist’s own words, she is “documenting a world that exists and doesn’t exist at the same time.” The trilogy began with girls playing archetypal roles in Polyester. Then in The Big Valley, the roles took on lives of their own, and the separation between make-believe and real life began to dissolve. With Week-End, which signifies the peak as well as the extent of the period, the façade becomes so thick that the illusion is now more real than the world they actually live in.
Alex Prager was born in Los Angeles in 1979. Prager’s interest in art began as an adolescent shuttling between Florida, California and Switzerland, but it wasn’t until viewing an exhibition of William Eggleston at the Getty Museum in her early twenties that she began to focus on photography. In keeping with her independent spirit, she eschewed art school and began taking photographs on her own, learning equipment and lighting through trial and error. Since then her photographs have been included in over 20 exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London and elsewhere and have been included in a number of publications including Details, i-D, Tank, Elle Japan, MOJO, and Complex. This will be her first solo exhibition at M+B and third in Los Angeles.
The exhibition opens January 30, 2010 and will run through March 6, 2010, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, January 30 from 6 – 8 pm. Simultaneous with our Los Angeles exhibition, Week-end will be shown at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York City.
Opening Reception on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 6-8pm.
The Irvine Fine Arts Center is celebrating 30 years of service to the art community of Irvine, California. It is located at 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine, CA 92604
Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm
Friday – 10am – 5pm
Saturday – 9am – 5pm
By Jim McKinniss
Gallery Luisotti is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition Barbara Kasten, Shadow = Light: New Works.
In her latest exhibition, Kasten traces back to a familiar theme that has faithfully informed her practice since the 1970s: the interplay between light, space, and the physical form. Manifested in a return to the Studio Construct series that Kasten began in the early 1980s, these recent works continue the artist’s preoccupation with visual representation that is at once about the physical elements, which create an image as it is about the intangibility of the image being captured. The exhibition will feature five large scale works from Kasten’s recent Studio Constructs series, as well as a video, Shadow=Light, 2010, displayed in resonance with these pieces.
Kasten’s work is an attempt to release the photograph from normative constraints of representation. Each work begins by the fabrication of sculptures that becomes each photograph’s setting. Rendered in multiple arrays of geometries and tangents, the structural element of Kasten’s Constructs are vivified by varying qualities of light that serve to create the complimentary shadows –a direct foil to light- of the lit sculptural objects. By using permeable materials like glass and steel mesh -and at times purposefully abrading its surface with delicate scratchings and marks- these works also detail the artist’s hand at manipulating the discourse of light as it glides through these invisible planes, leaving its tracery in the form of an opposite dark. Shadow and light, in balanced relationship, becomes the visible yet numinous photographic subjects captured by the camera. The concept that one cannot reside without the other enables these works to present another perspective of a fundamental synthesis residing in nature.
The artist will also present a video work expanding upon the ideals of the Studio Construct works, Shadow=Light, 2010. Following the same animus which drove Moholy-Nagy’s interest in the merging of art and technology, Kasten expands her investigation into contemporary means of referencing photography through digital forms of representation. This short digital video itself changes the fundamental photographic elements of shadow and light into an electronic signal – sequential bits of electronic information serving to form a filmic plane. This choice of process emphasizes the otherwise elusiveness of the image’s subject, and introduces another variable to Kasten’s practice –time’s duration.
In conjunction with Gallery Luisotti and Golden Age of Chicago, the artist will offer a video still image from Shadow=Light, 2010. The 11 x 17 inch archival pigment print comes in an edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artist and marked by the Golden Age stamp on the reverse. The print is on view during the exhibition at Gallery Luisotti and on Golden Age’s web site at http://www.shopgoldenage.com. The print price is $25 and is available for sale exclusively through Golden Age.
Barbara Kasten has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Museum of Modern Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of art. She was a past recipient of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.
Gallery Luisotti is located in Bergamot Station number A2 at 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404
For more information about the artist and the exhibition, or for a complete curriculum vitae of the artist, please contact Gallery Luisotti at (310) 453-0043 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Jim McKinniss
I attended Photo LA on Thursday night. Fortunately, I can report that it is worth your entrance fee. This year showcases more new images, new photographers, and more experimental photography than last year. Established photographers and predictable images are front and center, as expected by the buying public and collectors. But look deeper and discover some gems and surprises.
Two of my favorite booths are The Blind Photographers Guild and Select Vernacular. The Blind Photographers Guild exhibits work from several visually impaired artists. The images they create inspire the rest of us to continue to look through the lens with fresh eyes. Select Vernacular is a treasure trove of images from 1840 up to the present time. Photographer, collector, and dealer Norman Kulkin travels the world to bring us the best vernacular images to choose from. I just love seeing snippets of life as it was before cars, phones, and computers.
Photo LA runs through Sunday, Jan 17 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
by Gina Genis
Here is a list my of upcoming exhibits for the first half of 2010:
1. LA Art Fair, with the Group LA project, Jan 21-24
2. Irvine Fine Arts Center, with the Photographers Exchange Group, Feb 19 – April 3
3. Laguna Art Museum, OsCene 2010, Feb 21 – May 16
4. Gallery 825, Solo Exhibit, March 20 – April 16
5. University of Wisconsin, Solo Exhibit, June 4 – September 14
I will have work from four different series in these exhibits. Hope to see you at one or all.
by Gina Genis
David Hume Kennerly If Only O.J. Had Called Me…
A Forty Year Photographic Retrospective, 1966-2010 Featuring rare, vintage, and inscribed work from the Pulitzer Prize winning photographer’s personal archive.
The exhibition runs January 20 – April 3, 2010.
Artist’s Reception: Sunday, January 31st, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Please RSVP to Laurie@FrankPicturesGallery.com or 310.828.0211 Contact: Laurie Frank Frank Pictures Gallery 310.828.0211 / 323.839.6166 cell email@example.com www.frankpicturesgallery.com
“If O.J. Simpson had called me instead of heisting his own memorabilia in Las Vegas, he might not be in jail today. One of the items he snatched during the botched robbery was a photo I took of him and his family with President Ford in the White House in 1976, a picture that he said he had wanted back for his kids. I would have given him a copy, and happily surrendered it without a fight!” – David Hume Kennerly
“David Hume Kennerly is like Forrest Gump, except he was really there.” – James Earl Jones Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for more than 40 years. He has photographed eight wars, as many U.S. presidents, and has traveled to dozens of countries along the way. At 25, the Roseburg, Oregon native won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his photos of the Vietnam War, and two years later was appointed President Gerald R. Ford’s personal photographer. He was named, “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine. Kennerly recently produced and was a principle photographer of, Barack Obama, The Official Inaugural Book.
If O.J. Had Only Called Me, is a 40-year retrospective of Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Hume Kennerly’s work that opens at Frank Pictures Gallery at Bergamot Station on January 31st. The photographs are on display from January 20th through April 3, 2010. The show includes rare vintage photographs along with modern prints of Kennerly’s work chronicling the last third of the 20th Century and the first decade of the 21st. Many photographs in the exhibit that Kennerly took are inscribed to him by some of the personalities who changed the world between 1966 and 2010.
Highlights include a 20 x 24 vintage fiber print of the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier Heavyweight fight in Madison Square Garden, March 8, 1971, (one of five printed from the original negative), framed with an extremely rare original fight poster, 10 x 14, signed by both Ali and Frazier.
Three vintage prints taken in Vietnam in 1971 that were part of the original portfolio of 14 prints submitted by UPI to the Pulitzer Prize Committee that awarded Kennerly the 1972 prize for Feature Photography.
A 1966 vintage print of the original Supremes signed and inscribed to Kennerly by Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.
A signed and personally inscribed vintage print of George Harrison in the Cabinet Room of the White House in 1974, along with a performance photo of Harrison and Billy Preston signed by both entertainers. A copy of the original January 6, 1986, TIME cover featuring a photo of Deng Xiaoping by David Hume Kennerly, collage by the late Robert Rauschenberg, and signed in pink paint by the artist, “For David, Rauschenberg.”
A suite of photographs of Ansel Adams including, “the cover that missed,” humorous photo of the esteemed photographer taken by Kennerly for TIME Magazine that featured Adams in 1979, the only occasion a photographer has appeared on the cover of that magazine.
Kennerly’s World Press winning Cambodian girl that was personally printed and signed by Ansel Adams.
A print of Robert F. Kennedy taken in Portland in 1966 and personally inscribed to Kennerly from Kennedy. A vintage photograph taken of RFK only moments before his death at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968.
A preview of the entire show can be seen on the Frank Pictures Gallery site: http://frankpicturesgallery.com
Kennerly resides in Santa Monica and is currently developing a symposium with The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy called, David Hume Kennerly’s Decisive Moments: Shooting Into the 21st Century, a one-week workshop that will launch this summer in Los Angeles. This January Kennerlyis one of three former White House photographers conducting a week long seminar, Behind the Lens: White House Photography from LBJ to Obama at the LBJ Library and The Dolph Briscoe Center for American history and is a keynote speaker at the EG conference in Monterey.
By Jim McKinniss