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© Jim Marshall

© Jim Marshall

Grammy Museum

October 24, 2018 - April 22, 2019

THE PRISON CONCERTS: FOLSOM AND SAN QUENTIN (JIM MARSHALL’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF JOHNNY CASH)

800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Widely known as the godfather of music photography, the late Jim Marshall maintained a 50-year career that resulted in more than 500 album covers, an abundance of magazine covers, and some of the most celebrated images in blues, jazz, country, and rock and roll, including those from Johnny Cash’s notable Folsom and San Quentin prison concerts. To showcase these powerful snapshots of a legendary musician by a legendary photographer, the GRAMMY Museum® proudly presents The Prison Concerts: Folsom And San Quentin (Jim Marshall’s Photographs Of Johnny Cash), a new exhibit showcasing Marshall’s photos from Cash’s historic prison concerts in 1968 and 1969 featured in the art book Johnny Cash At Folsom & San Quentin. The exhibit will open on Oct. 24, when Amelia Davis, Jim Marshall’s longtime assistant and the sole beneficiary of his estate, and Scott Bomar, author of Johnny Cash At Folsom & San Quentin, will discuss the stories behind these photographs at the Clive Davis Theater as part of the Museum’s An Evening With program moderated by GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman.

More information here: https://www.grammymuseum.org/exhibits/the-prison-concerts

Exhibition on view through April 22, 2019


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© Paul Kitagaki Jr.

© Paul Kitagaki Jr.

Japanese American National Museum

November 17, 2018 - April 28, 2019

Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit

100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit features modern and historical photographs documenting the stories of Japanese Americans who were forcibly incarcerated during World War II. Large-format contemporary photos taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. are displayed next to images shot 75 years ago by such noted photographers as Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and others; each pairing features the same individuals or their direct descendants as the subject matter. Inspired by the Japanese concept of gambatte—to triumph over adversity—the exhibition chronicles the strength and legacy of a generation of Japanese Americans who persevered over unimaginable hardship.

Exhibition on view through April 28, 2019

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© Pableaux Johnson

© Pableaux Johnson

Fowler Museum at UCLA

December 16, 2018 – April 28, 2019

NEW ORLEANS SECOND LINE PARADES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY PABLEAUX JOHNSON

308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Louisiana native Pableaux Johnson has been photographing Second Lines—or Sunday brass band parades—in New Orleans for over a decade. This exhibition presents more than 40 color portraits of members of African American Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs (SAPCs). Originating as benevolent associations dedicated to charitable work within the black community, the clubs have taken to the streets on special occasions for generations. Unmistakable in custom-tailored suits and gowns, matching hats and shoes, and colorful accessories such as parasols, sashes, and feathered fans, they parade through their neighborhoods accompanied by local musicians playing trombones, trumpets, tubas, and drums. Mixing together with crowds of all ages, the procession embodies a rich tradition of music, movement, and the demonstration of cultural pride.

This exhibition is organized by Patrick A. Polk, Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Popular Arts, Fowler Museum, and guest curator Jeri Bernadette Williams.

Exhibition on view through April 28, 2019


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© LeRoy Grannis

© LeRoy Grannis

Long Beach Museum of Art

January 25 – April 21, 2019

Cult to Culture: Photographs by LeRoy Grannis

2300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803

Cult to Culture surveys a selection of work by LeRoy Grannis (1917 – 2011) that captures the surf culture throughout California and Hawaii. Since picking up the camera in 1959, Grannis, or “Granny” as he would later be called, has documented the evolution of the sport that grew from a cult following into a global lifestyle, witnessing its growth first-hand. Ranging from the early 1960s to the 1970s, the photographs in the exhibition embody a pivotal role the artist has played in shaping the world of surfing.

Exhibition on view through April 21, 2019


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© Andrew D. Bernstein

© Andrew D. Bernstein

Los Angeles Central Library

February 7 - April 14, 2019

All Access: Behind the Scenes with NBA Photographer Andrew D. Bernstein

630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Award-winning photographer Andrew D. Bernstein has captured the championship-winning seasons of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, and Kings. All Access features images of NBA players from the past three decades taken by Bernstein.

Bernstein’s images depict NBA greats preparing, competing and enjoying the spoils of victory. The photographer has received critical acclaim for his coverage of 36 NBA Finals and All-Star Games and he is a recent recipient of the prestigious Curt Gowdy Award for Print Media from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the game of basketball.

“It has truly been a dream job for me documenting the NBA for almost four decades. What an amazing experience to witness through my camera so many spectacular athletes and moments that have defined eras and the growth of the league,” Bernstein said. “It is an absolute thrill to exhibit these images in the Central Library.”

Exhibition on view through April 14, 2019


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© Annie Leibovitz

© Annie Leibovitz

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

February 14 - April 14, 2019

Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1

901-909 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Beginning 14 February, Hauser & Wirth will present ‘Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1,’ a new installation of the 2017 exhibition of the same title presented by the LUMA Foundation’s Parc des Ateliers in Arles, France. As the first comprehensive exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to the earliest work of this renowned American artist, ‘The Early Years’ features more than 4,000 photographs taken between 1970 and 1983.

Works on view trace Leibovitz’s development as a young talent, capturing the dramatic cultural and political shifts of the Seventies. Arranged chronologically and thematically, the exhibition begins with her work for Rolling Stone magazine and visually chronicles the defining moments and key protagonists of the decade. Over the course of her career, Leibovitz became an avatar of the changing cultural role of photography as an artistic medium. Pinned to walls gridded with string, the images on view reveal her singular ability to merge the tactics of portraiture and photojournalism with profound humanism and sly wit. The exhibition also includes Leibovitz’s photographs of artists who became her personal heroes – Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Ansel Adams, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others.

Exhibition on view through April 14, 2019


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© Jeff McLane

© Jeff McLane

LA Municipal Art Gallery

February 14 – April 14, 2019

David Alekhuogie: Gravity

4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is pleased to present Gravity, a solo exhibition by David Alekhuogie (b. 1985, Los Angeles, CA).

 The exhibition will feature a series of newly-commissioned works that use gravity as a metaphor for human struggle. This includes a series of backboard paintings, produced by the artist’s repeated attempts to jump and hit the canvas with his hand. The strenuous mark-making of this gesture, one that emulates the physical movements of a basketball player, undercuts the apparent precision of minimalist painting. In these works, physical striving and falling become a metaphor for the precariousness of freedom in America, a much mythologized notion that remains out of reach for many.

Gravity also includes a number of photographs of models wearing low-slung pants that reveal the top of their underwear, a trope of urban hip hop culture that has been widely censured and even criminalized in some cities. The torsos in these photographs are juxtaposed with a series of concrete sculptures that have been cast from unclothed male underwear mannequins, a nude that is generally viewed as benign. Here Alekhuogie points to the ways in which black and brown bodies are singled out for containment and control.

Exhibition on view through April 14, 2019


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© Graciela Iturbide

© Graciela Iturbide

ROSEGALLERY

February 23 - April 20, 2019

GRACIELA ITURBIDE: Hay Tiempo

Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, D-4, Santa Monica, CA 90404

ROSEGALLERY is delighted to present Hay Tiempo, an exhibition of photographs by Graciela Iturbide. The exhibition opens the 23rd of February and will be on view until the 20th of April, 2019. Hay Tiempo is in on view alongside the landmark exhibition ‘Graciela Iturbide: Mexico’ at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Graciela Iturbide, celebrated as one of Mexico’s most prolific and distinguished photographers, observes with patience and exhibits her world with beauty, serenity and dignity. Born into a conservative family in Mexico City, Iturbide decided to create her own path, leaving a traditional domestic life to pursue the arts. During her studies in cinematography at the Universidad Nacional Autonama de Mexico, she became the achichinle (the assistant) to Manuel Alvarez Bravo, the distinguished Mexican photographer who later became a lifelong mentor to Iturbide. In their time together, Álvarez Bravo constantly reminded Iturbide to pause and observe, asserting Hay Tiempo (There is Time). This patience to allow the moment to unravel and reveal itself echoed the notion of a Mexican poetic tempo, which is present throughout Mexican art, literature and life. Iturbide came to understand and employ her mentor’s slow, observational process as she photographed many cultures and spheres.

Exhibition on view through April 20, 2019


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© Nick Brandt

© Nick Brandt

Fahey/Klein Gallery

February 28 – April 27, 2019

Nick Brandt, This Empty World

148 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present Nick Brandt, This Empty World, an exhibition of new works addressing the escalating environmental and ecological destruction of the natural world at the hands of man.  In this series Brandt directs our attention to a world where, overwhelmed by runaway human development, there is no longer space for animals to survive.  The humans in the photographs are also often helplessly swept along by the relentless tide of "progress".

In This Empty World, Brandt uses color for the first time, and a digital medium format, bringing immediacy to a critical subject that demands our attention.  Made on Maasai land in Kenya, Brandt began by photographing indigenous animals in their natural habitat.  Almost always keeping the camera in precisely the same position, he then built temporary urban structures in the same location, a highway overpass, a fueling station, re-photographing the transformed space.  Brandt then combines the two images in post-production, composing dramatic scenes that confront urgent environmental issues, such as the scarcity of resources and encroaching industrialization.

The series, shot primarily at night, shows the neon glow of urban lights illuminating passive crowds and displaced animals.  In This Empty World, Brandt makes powerful and haunting images revealing the mutual suffering of animals and humans as victims of environmental devastation.

It is important to note that following this project, all sets were carefully removed and recycled with almost zero waste.  No evidence of the shoot now remains in the landscape today.

Exhibition on view through April 27, 2019


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© William Klein

© William Klein

Peter Fetterman Gallery

March 2 - June 8, 2019

CHILD: A CELEBRATION

2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404

New to the Peter Fetterman Gallery’s celebration series, we are pleased to announce Child: A Celebration. The exhibition features a curated selection of works by Ruth Bernhard, Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Flor Garduño, Heinrich Kühn, Walter Rosenblum, Sebastião Salgado, William Henry Fox Talbot, Larry Towell, Arthur Tress, and many more.

Inspired by the most fundamental period of life, photographers as far back as the medium’s beginnings have long sought to survey the uninhibited spirit of the youth. The show explores the rich history of photography through the images of children. From Henry William Fox Talbot’s early portrait of his eldest daughter Ela to Sebastião Salgado’s portrait of children from the Mentawai islands, this theme transcends time and cultural boundaries.

Exhibition on view through June 8, 2019


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© Oscar Rejlander

© Oscar Rejlander

Getty Center

March 12 – June 9, 2019

Oscar Rejilander: Artist Photographer

1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Often referred to as the “father of art photography,” Oscar G. Rejlander has been praised for his early experiments with combination printing, his collaboration with Charles Darwin, and his influence on the work of Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll. This exhibition is the first major retrospective on Rejlander, highlighting new research and a selection of works brought together for the first time.

Organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.

Exhibition on view through June 9, 2019


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© Eileen Cowin

© Eileen Cowin

Getty Center

March 12 – June 9, 2019

Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography

1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The re-staging of past events presents an opportunity for contemporary photographers to highlight underrepresented stories and to critique established narratives. This exhibition brings together works by seven artists—Eileen Cowin, Christina Fernandez, Samuel Fosso, Yasumasa Morimura, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Gillian Wearing, and Qiu Zhijie—all of whom have utilized reenactment in their respective practices. Presented in three topics - personal history, political history, and art history—the works showcase very different approaches to engaging with the past.

Exhibition on view through June 9, 2019


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Mr Musichead Gallery

March 21 - April 12, 2019

Glen Wexler Exhibition "The '80s Portrait Sessions"

7420 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

“These artists, present company included, seem somewhat serene in these shots as Glen shared his keen sense of artistry capturing us all as we really are.” - Billy F Gibbons, ZZ Top

“In a decade of rock and roll excess I was looking for a sense of intimacy. When creating these portraits I sought to captre an authentic human connection behind the big personas.” - Glen Wexler

“The ‘80s Portrait Sessions represent the purest and most distilled embodiment of Wexler’s art. Exquisitely composed and lit, these portraits capture a precious record of glamorous times. Famous artists such as Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead are captured in intimate and sensitive portraits. Legendary rock bands such as KISS, ZZ Top, Tears for Fears, Yes and Missing Persons are photographed in their finery along with influential producers, actors and models, reflecting the now infamous look and style of the 1980s and capturing the essence and glamour of the decade.” - Andy Burgess, Publisher, Dark Spring Press

Exhibition on view through April 12, 2019


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dnj Gallery

March 23 - May 11, 2019

“Progression,” Sia Aryai, Ray Carofano, Dylan Vitone and Melanie Walker

3015 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

dnj Gallery is happy to announce its next, upcoming exhibition, “Progression”, displaying work by dnj Gallery artists: Sia Aryai, Ray Carofano, Dylan Vitone and Melanie Walker. “Progression” is designed to show the conceptua character of dnj Gallery artists. The pieces are based upon certain notions and ideas. Art is an outlet for innovation and reflection. The different series are an alternate way to show their views. As a continuation of the previous exhibitions, since September, these artists’ thoughts and beliefs, or fundamental ideas are revealed in a gradual advancement of their artwork through the years.

Image credit: Sia Aryai, Ray Carofano, Dylan Vitone and Melanie Walker

Exhibition on view through May 11, 2019


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© Ellen Cantor

© Ellen Cantor

West Hollywood Library

April 1 - May 7, 2019

Prior Pleasures

625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Prior Pleasures is an exhibition of photography by Ellen Cantor at the West Hollywood Library.   

Artist Statement: 

“Every man’s memory is his private literature.” Aldous Huxley    

In an age when technology is slowly replacing the tactile experience of reading a book, my work recalls and celebrates the joy of losing oneself within the pages of a favorite childhood tale.

My current project, entitled Prior Pleasures, is deeply influenced by my love of literature. This series explores memory and preservation of the past while ensuring the creation of a visual legacy for the next generation. The books photographed for this series are the ones I have carried with me since childhood. My mother read them to me and, in turn, I read them to my children, carrying on a tradition of the written and spoken word. 

Prior Pleasures is created using a multiple exposure technique (without Photoshop.) I photograph the end pages, illustrations, and text. This process allows me to show the excitement of a book fluttering open and coming to life for readers of all generations.  

Rediscovering these books led me to realize the power and value of the hands-on experience of reading. As I documented each volume, I was transported to a time and place that allowed for imagination and fantasy. With this series, I examine what it is that we remember and how we honor objects that inspired our early creative thinking. Ultimately, Prior Pleasures is meant to remind us that books can excite and enrich our lives.  

On view through May 7, 2019 during regular library hours:    M-Th 11a-7p; Fr-Sa, 10a-6p; Su 1p-5p; closed holidays   

Learn More

Exhibition on view through May 7, 2019


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Angel City Brewery

April 4 - April 30, 2019

Common Threads II - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

216 Alameda Street, Los Angeles CA 90013 (DTLA Art District)

Common Threads II is supported by Art Share L.A., a non-profit at the DTLA Arts District, who provides a creative environment for artists to develop, perform, and exhibit. Art Share enables exhibit opportunities for established and emerging artists on the premises, as well as at other venues. This exhibit will be held at the Angel City Brewery, where Art Share L.A. has sponsored monthly shows highlighting work by artists of all medium.

The exhibit will showcase photography art, to continue to dialog shared voices and patterns across diverse bodies of work as introduced in Common Threads I. The show is curated by fine arts photographer Richard S. Chow, who is also the curator/co-producer for Open Show Los Angeles.

Participating photographers will be announced shortly.

Inquires can be forwarded to Richard@richardschow.com

Exhibit Calendar

Angel City Brewery
216 Alameda Street, Los Angeles CA 90013 (DTLA Art District) Mon–Thu & Sun: 4pm–1am
Fri-Sat: 12pm–2am
Please note age of 21+, minor can be accompanied by adult

April 4

April 11, 6-9pm (during DTLA Art Walk)

April 30

Venue:

Exhibit Start & on view

Exhibit Opening & Reception

Exhibit Closes

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House of Lucie at ROW DTLA

April 6, 2019, 5-8pm 

WANDERLUST: A SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

777 S Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, Building M1, Suite 140

Wanderlust: A Silent Auction Benefit aims to show us how the world is a beautiful, complex and fragile place. This is often most apparent to us through the lens of the traveler. This group show presents travel photographs from emerging and established photographers, each of whom explore the world to discover their own deep and unique sense of place.  There will also be items from local shops focused on travel and sustainability for auction. 

Proceeds from the event will go to Natural Resources Defense Council, which works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Goods focused on travel, sustainability, and shopping local will also be available to bid on in-person only.  Donors include: Patagonia, Poketo, Hawkins New York, Bridge & Burn, Still Life Ceramics, Atacama Home, and Rappahannock Oyster Bar.

Participating Artists: Delaney Allen, Cedric Angeles, Kenji Aoki, Emily Berl, João Canziani, Julien Capmeil, Morgane Erpicum, Nicole Franzen, Michael Friberg, Beth Garrabrant, Gentl & Hyers, Brian Guido, Emma Hardy, Brooke Holm, Jenny Hueston, Catherine Hyland, Ken Kochey, Frederic Lagrange, Lucy Laucht, Mark Mahaney, Jimmy Marble, Anne Menke, Jake Michaels, Anders Overgaard, Jessica Pons, Benjamin Rasmussen, Pia Riverola, Jessica Sample, Pascal Shirley, Emily Shur, Michael Turek, Ward & Kweskin, Magdalena Wosinska

Images from left to right: Benjamin Rasmussen, Beth Garrabrant, Jimmy Marble, Catherine Hyland

Curated and organized by Jessica Sample.

@wanderlustauction

Exhibition on view: April 2 - 6, 2019

Bidding Ends: April 6, 2019 at 8:00pm PST


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© Henry Keith

House of Lucie at ROW DTLA

April 11, 2019, 6-9pm 

ANALOGUE PORTRAIT PROJECT - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

777 S Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, Building M1, Suite 140

Month of Photography Los Angeles is proud to present the 6th annual Analogue Portrait Project. This exhibition is a submission-based competition featuring both emerging and established photographers. All portraits submitted must have been made using film, not digital cameras.

The Analogue judges include Mona Kuhn, Photographer; Scott Thode, Editorial Director at Visura; Nick Haymes, Gallerist and Publisher, Little Big Man; Jamie Lee Curtis, Actor, Author, and Photographer; and Rose Shoshana, Owner, ROSEGALLERY.

The Artist’s Reception will take place the evening of Thursday, April 11 from 6 -9pm at House of Lucie in DTLA, along with the MOPLA Photo Book Exhibition.


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House of Lucie at ROW DTLA

April 11, 2019, 6-9pm 

MOPLA PHOTO BOOK EXHIBITION - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

777 S Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, Building M1, Suite 140

The MOPLA Photo Book Exhibition is a juried, submission-based exhibition featuring both independently and commercially published books by emerging and established photographers around the world.

Participating Artists: Hannah Smith Allen, Tom Atwood, Guilherme Bergamini, Tianqiutao Chen, Gabriele Chiapparini, Richard S. Chow, Ashley Cortes, Attilio Fiumarella, Tom Fowlks,
Gianluca Galtrucco, Leo Garcia, Nathaniel Grann, Bootsy Holler, Remy Holwick, Karolina Jonderko, Demetris Koilalous, Hubert Humka, Andrej Lamut, Lisa McCarty, Yael Meiry, Jana Sophia Nolle, Anita Osuch, Mark Peterman, Matthew Portch, Ekkarat Punyatara, Mark Purdom, Lukasz Rusznica, Elsa Seignol, Miki Soejima, Britland Tracy, Ian Trask, Sinziana Velicescu, Tristan Wheelock, Rana Young, David Zentz, Chiara Zonca


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© Don Bartletti

© Don Bartletti

Leica Gallery Los Angeles

April 11 - June 3, 2019

DON BARTLETTI: BETWEEN TWO WORLD

8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

Decades before the current debate about migrant caravans and border security, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Don Bartletti was documenting the unpresedented migration of people accross the San Diego / Tijuana border that dwarfs today’s statistics.

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, this was a pathway of least resistance, a doorway to opportunity for millions of Mexican and Central Americans who were Too Hungry to Knock. Furthermore, the fronteir effectively extended 70 miles into the hills of North San Diego County where Bartletti revealed a subculture of migrant laborer squatter camps - people dug in for a raw version of the California Dream.

These silver gelatin selenium toned prints, made by the artist with a vintage Leica Focomat I enlarger, are more than finely crafted art of carefully focused journalism. These are the faces of those caught Between Two Worlds - a story that remains much the same today.

Exhibition on view through June 3, 2019


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© Nick UT

Leica Gallery Los Angeles

April 11 - June 3, 2019

NICK UT: FROM HELL TO HOLLYWOOD

8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

Hyunh Cong Ut was born in Long An, Vietnam (then part of French Indochina) on March 29, 1951. Soon after his beloved brother Hyunh Thanh My was killed covering the Vietnam War for Associated Press (AP) in 1965, Ut jointed the prestigous news gathering agency. Known professionally as Nick Ut, he covered the war in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. He won both the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and the World Press Photo of the Year for his June 8, 1972 photo “The Terror of War,” depicting children fleeing from a napalm bombing on their village of Trang Bang. Kim Phuc, the naked 9-year-old girl in the photograph became the face of all that was wrong with the war. Ut took her and several other wounded children to a hospital. If not for his actions, Kim would have died. They remain friends to this day. Ut himself was wounded three times during the war. In 1975 as Saigon was about to fall to North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, Ut left Vietnam, eventually being relocated in Japan for Associated Press.

Two years later he was transferred to Los Angeles where he continued to work for AP. During that time, he covered wild fires, riots, earthquakes, the O.J. Simpson case, Hollywood celebrities, the Olympics and the Pope’s visit to the City of Angels. In 2012, on the 40th anniversary of his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo, Ut became the third person inducted into the Leica Hall of Fame for his contributions to photojournalism.

On March 29, 2017, he retired from AP after 51 years with the company, allowing himself to refocus his energies on his love of documenting cultures and the natural world, creating his own assignments and distributing his work through Getty Images. Nick continues to teach workshops, do speaking engagements and have his work featured in exhibitions.

Exhibition on view through June 3, 2019


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© Kwame Brathwaite

© Kwame Brathwaite

Skirball Cultural Center

April 11 –September 1, 2019

Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

See the iconic images that amplified one of the most influential cultural movements of the 1960s: “Black Is Beautiful.” Featuring over forty photographs of black women and men with natural hair and clothes that reclaimed their African roots, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, organized by Aperture Foundation, New York, is the first-ever major exhibition dedicated to this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.

Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey, Brathwaite (b. 1938) combined his political vision with the medium of photography to effect social change. Along with his brother Elombe Brath (1936–2014), Brathwaite founded two organizations that were instrumental in realizing his vision: African Jazz-Art Society and Studios, a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, and dancers, in 1956; and Grandassa Models, a modeling agency for black women, in 1962. Working with AJASS and Grandassa Models, Brathwaite organized fashion shows featuring clothing designed by the models themselves, created stunning portraits of jazz luminaries, and captured behind-the-scenes photographs of the black arts community.

During an era when segregation still prevailed across the United States, Brathwaite’s work challenged mainstream beauty standards that excluded women of color. His photographs celebrated black beauty and instilled a sense of pride throughout the community. Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite demonstrates how the medium of photography is an essential cultural tool in the dissemination of new visual paradigms and political ideas.

Exhibition on view through September 1, 2019


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© Fred Mitchell

© Fred Mitchell

Blackheart Studio

April 11, 2019, 7:00pm-10pm

Sweetwater

2211 N Broadway Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90031

I grew up skating in Alabama where we quickly learned how to be resourceful with what we were given. Upon learning about the surfing community on the third coast, I immediately felt drawn to it for this reason. Although there are waves throughout the year, the best months typically are during the harshest winter months. It is during this period that I have focused my work. I believe that is partly what makes this so unique. I am fascinated by the individuals that brave some of the most extreme elements to find surf-worthy waves. That being said, I am not a surfer, so I went into this project blindly to document this community and in doing so, I realized I did not want to approach this as a surf photographer. I am far more interested in the practitioners of the sport and the personal relationship with the water. This is a project about those people. About this place. About their experience. Saltwater surfers, to a degree, are able to surf most every day at some point. In contrast, sweetwater surfers have to plan ahead, closely follow weather patterns and wind charts, travel great lengths to spots. And after all that work, they may arrive only to find placid waters. This project documents that operation, but it is equally about their successes as well. It is all part of the process.

Exhibition on view through April 13, 2019


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Arena 1 Gallery at Santa Monica Art Studios

April 13, 2019,  6-9pm

Juxtapose: A Reflection on Movement & Stillness - An Official MOPLA Exhibition

3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Join Blazing Editions & Chromaluxe in celebrating over 30 pieces of artwork by John Paul Caponigro & NYC Dance Project's Ken Browar & Deborah Ory. 

All images printed on ChromaLuxe metal prints by Blazing Editions. 

© NYC Dance Project's Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

© NYC Dance Project's Ken Browar & Deborah Ory

© John Paul Caponigro

© John Paul Caponigro


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© Stefan Merriweather

© Florian Hetz

© Florian Hetz

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© Elsa Leydier

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Arena 1 Gallery at Santa Monica Art Studios

April 13, 2019,  6-9pm

MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY LOS ANGELES GROUP SHOW - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Month of Photography Los Angeles Group Show is a submission-based exhibition which features local and global emerging and established photographers each year. 

Printed by Blazing Editions on ChromaLuxe aluminum.

Participating Artists:

Adrian Walker, Amy Gaskin, Carl Ander, Chimera Singer, Chris Stoltz, Cody Cobb, Sharbendu De, Elsa Leydier, Fattah Zinouri, Florian Hetz, Geoff Moore, James Bianchi , Jamil McGinnis, Jeremy Jackson, Jessica Pons, Kelly Nyland, Kyra Schmidt, Matei Focseneanu, Millee Tibbs, Nathaniel Perales, Nektarios Markogiannis, Olga Urbanek, Sara Swaty, Sinziana Velicescu, Stefan Merriweather, and Tracie Williams.

Exhibition on view through May 11, 2019


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© Diana Markosian

© Diana Markosian

Venice Arts

April 13, 2019 5-7pm

1915: Reuniting Survivors With Their Homeland, Diana Markosian - An official mopla exhibition

13445 Beach Avenue, Venice, CA 90292

Holding a cane in his right hand, Movses Haneshyan, 105, slowly approaches a life-size landscape. He pauses, looks at the image, and begins to sing, “My home... My Armenia.” It’s the first time Movses is seeing his home in 98 years.

A century ago, the Ottomans initiated a policy of deportations, mass murder and rape to destroy the Armenian presence in the Ottoman Empire. By the war’s end, more than a million people, from what is now modern-day Turkey, were eliminated. It was one of first genocides of the 20th century, one that Turkish authorities deny to this day. Movses and his father survived.

Venice Arts and Month of Photography LA (MOPLA) are pleased to present “1915,” the compelling work of photographer Diana Markosian that documents Movses, and other survivors, as they reconnect with their lost homeland: what they had, what they lost, and what they have found again.

Diana’s images can be found in National Geographic Magazine, The New Yorker and The New York Times. She is a Magnum Nominee and the recipient of the Chris Hondros Emerging Photographer Grant, Magnum Emerging Photographer Fund, and the Firecracker Grant. In 2013, she took part in the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam and was selected as PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch.

Reception: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5-7pm

Open: April 1-April 30, 2019

Special thanks to Universal Art Gallery for framing Diana’s work!


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© Art Streiber

© Art Streiber

Quixote Studios

April 13, 6-9:30pm

LACP Fourth Annual Fundraising Gala - Celebrating 20 Years

1011 N. Fuller Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046

Honoring Art Streiber with introduction by Jamie Lee Curtis

About: You are cordially invited to attend our Fourth Annual Fundraising Gala, a benefit for the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP), a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, will be hosting its annual Fundraising Gala on Saturday, April 13th, 6 pm – 9:30 pm (NOTE: A 5 pm – 6 pm exclusive preview and walk-through w/curator of Paddle8 photographs for auction is reserved for sponsors only) at Quixote Studios in West-Hollywood, CA.
 
LACP is proud to honor portrait, entertainment and advertising photographer Art Streiber for his years of continued excellence and his commitment to the photographic community. Multi-award-winning actress, author, and activist Jamie Lee Curtis will present the honor.
 
This high-spirited event will include:
•An on-site silent auction and online auction (available through Artsy) of outstanding photographic prints from award-winning photographers.
•Exclusive preview and walk-through w/curator of photographs for auction for sponsors only (5 pm – 6 pm)
•Cocktails & appetizers
•DJ/live music
•Photo booth
•Silent Auction items
•And more surprises


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© Barron Clairborne

© Barron Clairborne

Annenberg Space for Photography

April 26 - August 18, 2019

CONTACT HIGH: A VISUAL HISTORY OF HIP-HOP

2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Celebrating the photographers who have played a critical role in bringing hip-hop’s visual culture to the global stage, CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop is an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers, as told through their most intimate diaries: their unedited contact sheets.

Curated by Vikki Tobak—produced in partnership with United Photo Industries (UPI)—and based on her book of the same name, the photographic exhibition includes over 120 works from more than 60 photographers. Presenting guests with original and unedited contact sheets—from Barron Claiborne’s iconic Notorious B.I.G. portraits, to early images of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West as they first took to the scene, to Janette Beckman’s defining photos of Salt-N-Pepa, and Jamel Shabazz and Gordon Parks documenting hip-hop culture—CONTACT HIGH allows visitors to look directly through the photographer’s lens and observe all of the pictures taken during these legendary photo shoots.

The exhibit also includes rare videos, memorabilia, and music to demonstrate how the documentation of a cultural phenomenon impacts not just music, but politics and social movements around the world.

Exhibition on view through August 18, 2019


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© Jessica Bal

© Jessica Bal

Los Angeles

April 26 - 28 & May 2 - 5, 2019

ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTS PHOTOVILLE LA - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

Photoville — the largest annual photographic event in New York City — is heading to Los Angeles for the first time in its seven-year history! Annenberg Space for Photography Presents Photoville LA, created and produced by United Photo Industries, will feature exhibitions in repurposed shipping containers, photo cubes, and lightboxes that will create a festival atmosphere with multiple galleries for Angelenos to explore.

Photoville LA will take place across consecutive weekends and will include nighttime projections, talks, workshops, family-friendly activities, and Photoville’s famous community beer garden.

Learn more at https://www.photoville.la

 
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