2016 photo l.a. copyright 2016 Douglas Stockdale
I had an opportunity to join Hiroshi Watanabe at the Gala opening of photo l.a. (Thursday evening). Walking through a gallery (Fair) exhibition like photo l.a. provides an interesting snap-shot of some of the current trends in contemporary photography as well as bench mark for the market of earlier photographer’s work. Note: This is not the time or place for a photographer to try to button hole a gallery owner with a portfolio about one’s “great” photographs, but to take note of who is exhibiting what and to follow up with gallery owners afterward. Which is to say that you should at least introduce yourself!
The overall exhibition & gallery emphasis seemed to lean towards photographers who were or are now exploring conceptual projects. There were a couple of gallery’s who were showing early work by some documentary photographers, but usually limited to a few prints in their collection that were available for sale. As a disclaimer, the aisles were crowded, we were an hour late, so we moved through the exhibition hall at a decent pace. Nevertheless, there was still a lot of interesting and diverse collections of photographs to look at and study.
Note: this article was originally posted on my blog Singular Images.
The LA Art Book Fair will again be at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and will be another delightful maze of rooms with amazing displays of photobook and zines. This event has always been punctuated with some wonderful finds.
From Printed Matter:
Printed Matter presents the fourth annual LA Art Book Fair, from February 12 through 14, 2016, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown LA. A ticketed preview will take place on Thursday, February 11, 6-9PM.
Free (another aspect of this event that I love) and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a (very) unique event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 300 presses, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from over 20 countries.
The LA Art Book Fair is the companion fair to the NY Art Book Fair, held every fall in New York City. Over 35,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and other enthusiasts attended the NY Art Book Fair in 2015.
A full list of this year’s exhibitors can be found here.
Highly recommended for those on living (or visiting) the Left Coast.
Time to sign up for one of the many programs that will be available during the Palm Springs Photo Festival that will run April 24-29th this year. Where else? Palm Springs, CA!
From the organizers: The Palm Springs Photo Festival is where you can spend four exhilarating days with a celebrated, real-world master photographer, present your work to our remarkable faculty of industry influencers, attend important seminars, symposiums & Networking Events. Come meet new friends and walk away with a renewed passion for photography!
Photo Reviews: This year, we will offer over 1200 Portfolio Reviews with the industry’s most important influencers, including museum curators, gallery directors, magazine editors, picture editors & art directors, advertising agency creatives and more. This is the opportunity to have face time with people who can not only offer expert advice, but can influence your career choices as well.
Have a seat at the table for our OPEN PORTFOLIO SHOW! You can show your work to our faculty, sponsors, photographers and the general public on Sunday, April 26th. Don’t miss this – we still have a few seats left! If you’re in our review program the cost is just $47.50. If not – only $95.
some of the workshops include:
KEN SCHLES: Making a Scene: Intimacy, Imagery & the Still Image
JULIE BLACKMON: Creating the Fine Art Narrative Series
IAN RUHTER: The Past & The Future: Working with Wet-Plate Collodion & Tin Types
SYLVIE BLUM: The Fine Art Nude: The Model & You
Reminder: coming soon to the Left Coast; PhotoLA, January 21-24, 2016 (note: new location in LA)
From the web site: The international photographic art exposition – photo l.a. – will proudly celebrate its 25th anniversary fair this January 21-24, 2016 at The REEF, located in the historic LA Mart building in Downtown Los Angeles. The fair kicks off on Thursday, January 21st at 7pm with our Opening Night Gala, held in honor of artist James Welling with proceeds going to benefit Best Buddies International.
photo l.a. has a long and rich history of bringing the photographic and arts communities together. Each year we expand our uniquely diverse showcase of photographic art, ranging from 19th Century works to contemporary and innovative photo-based art. Galleries, dealers, museums, schools, and non-profit organizations participate to define what photography has been, what it is today, and what it might evolve into. To foster a dialogue we curate and present our acclaimed programming, which includes lectures, roundtable discussions, special installations, and docent tours with distinguished members of the photography/arts community.
Cheers & maybe see you there!
As part of the 2016 Photographers Exchange project to provide information on the public galleries of Southern California, I had a discussion with Ron Linden, the Curator and Director of the Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) Fine Arts gallery regarding exhibition submissions.
DS: Ron, first, thanks for your time to help explain the policies and processes for artist to provide submissions for the LAHC Fine Art Gallery. Does the Art Gallery have a specific schedule for when an artist can make a submission?
RL: Thanks for your inclusion of the LAHC Fine Arts Gallery on the reference page for The PhotoExchange. As to submission, I’m always open to submissions and proposals. An artist can submit by either email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mailing the Art Gallery: LAHC Fine Arts Gallery, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA 90744
DS: Do you have any specific requirements for the artist submissions?
RL: Yes, I would like to see a CV and sample of the artworks, but please do not send me an artist statement. As to the artwork, please do not submit originals and the submission, including the sample artwork, will not be returned.
DS: Can you tell us about the process for the submission evaluation? Does the submission go before a exhibition review committee?
RL: We are a small organization, thus there is no review committee. We do not have a fixed calendar and our exhibition schedule is usually planned from six to twelve months. We are also open to guest curator proposals as well as artist submissions.
DS: Do you have any open calls regarding thematic subjects or are you looking for particular types of art work?
RL: At this time, we do not have any open calls. We are modest in size and budget, but immodest in ambition. The Fine Arts Gallery at Los Angeles Harbor College remains committed to producing high quality exhibitions by contemporary artists from the West Coast and beyond. Diverse and eclectic in scope, the gallery features work of painters, sculptors, photographers, videographers, filmmakers, and architects, providing an essential component to a meaningful arts education and a welcome antidote to the regimen of academic and workaday life.
DS: Ron, thank you for your insight on your curator processes for LAHC. We appreciate it very much.
RL: The pleasure was all mine. Thank you again for including LAHC on your reference page.
The annual powerHouse Portfolio Review – something to consider if you plan or want to be in Brooklyn, NY 10:30am – 5:30pm on Sunday, March 6, 2016
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Registration is limited. Official registration deadline is February 15, 2016. Registration after February 15, 2016 is possible but not guaranteed. The late registration fee is $50.
For more information or if you have problems registering, please contact us.
Registration Fee for Five 20-minute Review Sessions:
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Now through January 17, 2016: $350
Before Feb. 15, 2016 $400
After Feb. 15, 2016 (late registration fee) $450
Student Rate before Feb. 15, 2016 $250
After Feb. 15, 2016 $275
(With valid student ID—you must submit a valid and current Spring 2016 semester photo ID or a copy of your Spring 2016 class registration when completing the registration form.)
- Payment must be completed with a credit card at the time of registration.
- You will receive a confirmation email once your registration has been approved.
- Application is nontransferable.
Reviewers are subject to change, and we’ll continue to add more, so please keep checking back. Expect around 25-30 reviewers total.
Bonnie Briant – Designer, Yolanda Cuomo Design
Craig Cohen – Executive Publisher, powerHouse Books
Sarah Foster – Senior Creative Content Manager, Getty Images
Erik Hinton – Director of Interactive Media, VICE
Jeana Hong – Senior Art Buyer, Anthology Productions
Fiona Gardner – Photo Editor, Popular Photography and American Photo Magazine
Shana Lopes – Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, Department of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Frank Meo – Director, Found Folios
Mandi Phillips – Agent, Levine / Leaitt
Daniel Power – CEO, NYPH & powerHouse Books
Josh Raab – Associate Photo Editor, TIME.com
Molly Roberts – Chief Photography Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
Michael Shulman – Director, Publishing, Broadcast and Film, Magnum Photos
Tess Vinnedge – Director of Contemporary Art, Edwynn Houk Gallery
L.A. Photo Curator
CALL FOR ENTRY: Storytelling
Some photographers combine a subject with elements such as location, lighting, composition, and process to tell the viewer a story. The viewer is then invited to use his or her creative imagination to fill in the beginning or end. Many such stories are informed by literature, legends, myths, fairytales, music, dreams, film – the possibilities are endless.
We are looking for photographers with the ability to tell a compelling visual narrative through fine art photography. Stories could be told based on landscapes, and do not have to be portraits. Any kind of photo process (digital, analog, alternative) is welcome, as are photographers of all skill levels and locations. Artist statements are not required.
L.A. Photo Curator is proud to have Carolyn Hampton as this month’s curator for the theme of “Storytelling.” Hampton is a Southern California fine art photographer who creates surreal, dreamlike images based on childhood memories, rituals, nightmares, and fantasies. She is currently working on a narrative portrait series entitled “Constructed Fairytales”. Hampton’s award-winning work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and art festivals worldwide, and is held in many private collections, including those of Jock Sturges, Kim & Gina Weston, and the Center for Fine Art Photography. Her images have been published in books and on dust jackets, on album covers, and in newspapers, magazines, and popular blogs.
Hampton is represented by the Duncan Miller Gallery (www.duncanmillergallery.com) in Santa Monica, California, where she had a solo show, “Childhood Dreams & Memories” during the summer of 2012 (www.blurb.com/books/4334413-childhood-dreams-memories).
For more info about Hampton please go to:
A percentage of artist fees will go Hampton’s charity: Children’s Institute, Inc. (www.childrensinstitute.org)
Submit work: December 17, 2015-January 19, 2016 (Midnight PST)
Show closes and is archived on website: February 28, 2016
How to Apply:
1-Hit BUY NOW button to check out using paypal as well as credit cards. Cost of submission is $20 for 1 or 2 images.
2-Send your paypal transaction ID # with your images to email@example.com
Titles of included photographs
5- File set-up- Jpeg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, not to exceed 3 MB.
Images must not have any embedded marks, logos, names or borders.
Name Files: firstname_lastname_Ocean1.jpg, firstname_lastname_Ocean2.jpg
6- Please include your C.V. (resume), bio, artist statement and website link. If you don’t have a resume please just send your bio and artist statement. Please send word docs only. Pdf’s will not be accepted.
7- Please tell us how you found out about us. It helps with ad costs.
All information requested, including c.v., bio and images must be sent
before the contest deadline to be eligible for contest.
Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional.