© Kandis Williams

© Kandis Williams

© Chloe Aftel

© Chloe Aftel

Month of Photography Los Angeles

January 13, 11:30am-1:00pm


The REEF/LA Mart, 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

As a grassroots, fourth wave of feminism emerges, the female gaze has heightened the stakes of engagement and created new parameters for the representation of identity.  Megan Steinman, independent curator and Director of The Underground Museum checks in with artists Kandis Williams and Chloe Aftel on this pressing and complex topic. Presented by the Lucie Foundation at photo l.a.

Megan Steinman is an independent curator, writer, and Director of The Underground Museum in Los Angeles. Megan's exhibition projects exploring performance, photography and new media art have been shown at institutions around the world, including Museo Pecci Milano, Dolby Gallery, Sonos Studio Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, District Berlin, ICA Boston, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She has written for and/or produced several artist books, including Edges of the Experiment by Marie-Josè Jongerius, Dance/Draw by Helen Molesworth, and American Music by Annie Leibovitz. Megan holds a Master of Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Art. 

Kandis Williams (b. 1985, Baltimore, MD) received her B.F.A. in 2008 from the Cooper Union School of Art, New York. Her recent exhibitions include solo shows at SADE, Los Angeles, and St. Charles Projects, Baltimore, and a performance and workshop at Human Resources, Los Angeles. Her work has also been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Underground Museum, Los Angeles; Neu West and 68 Projects, Berlin; and The Breeder, Athens, among other spaces. Williams has an active curatorial and writing practice, and runs Cassandra Press with artist Taylor Doran. 

Chloe Aftel has a strong focus on narrative photography and an MFA from USC in film production.  She sees each photograph as a one-frame movie still and each person as someone with a story to tell. In exploring gender, identity and sensuality, chloe strives to create striking, nuanced, complicated female characters. she specializes in using cinematic techniques in still frame images. 

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© Matthias Clamer

© Matthias Clamer

Phase One, Digital Transitions

January 14, 3:30pm-5:00pm


The REEF/LA Mart, 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Presented by Phase One, Digital Transitions, and the Lucie Foundation.

Matthias Clamer is a celebrity, entertainment, and portrait photographer known for his creativity and sly wit. His talent lies in producing eye-catching imagery from even the most basic of premises, as well as remaining even keel on set. "I am calm even on the craziest shoot schedules," notes Matthias, who has photographed all manner of rock stars, Hollywood celebrities, business moguls, and comedians, as well as key art for nearly all the major TV studios.

Careful research goes into each of his shoots, no matter how famous and seemingly 'known' his subject may be. "I learn everything I can about a subject, then let my mind go loose on characteristics that strike me as interesting or possibly visual" says Matthias. "I like to go into shoots with a plan, but the plan is not absolute; it’s a framework that needs furnishing, and even the frame must be allowed to change. Even with a plan, a shoot is dynamic and needs space to breathe, which is the beauty of photography." Matthias’ influences come from all sorts of places, not all of them expected. For a key art and publicity shoot for the FX comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he was inspired by the black & white angst of Ingmar Bergman films. And for a shoot with the band the Killers, he came up with a scenario in which they were being arrested—because renting cop cars and police uniforms is fun."

"To me, playfulness is key," Matthias says. "When it’s too serious, it becomes predictable, and that’s when it starts to fall flat for me. I like humor, but not the ‘ha, ha, ha’ type. It better be buried and embedded. I love a little surprise."

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ASMP-LA, LACP, and Month of Photography Los Angeles

January 14, 9:00am-4:00pm

A Photography Business Workshop with Barry Schwartz

LACP, 1515 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Tickets are free for ASMP, LACP, and MOPLA members, $10 admission for non-members. 

In a day-long workshop at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, Barry will cover proposals and contracts, negotiating, copyright, digital workflow, and marketing — including best-practices for websites. 

You’ll get: sample contracts, releases, and spreadsheets; links to free and paid software, useful blogs and websites; and business books and publications. 

MARKETING: Cover letters, resumes, and CVs. Portfolios, email newsletters, postcards, and leave- behinds. What goes into a marketing plan. Negotiating and pricing. 

WEBSITES: Design, production, hosting, best-practices. Easier now than ever. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING How to use social media for promotion and as a learning tool. 

LEGAL ISSUES: Estimates, proposals, contracts, and invoicing; model and property releases; copyright and registering your work; taxes, accounting and spreadsheets; insurance; intellectual property law; registering a DBA (Doing Business As), and business plans. 

DIGITAL WORKFLOW: Maximize efficiency, quality, and safety of your equipment and files. How metadata makes life easier; backup strategies; color management and computer health. 

AFFILIATED TRADES: Curators, stylists, producers, digital techs, assistants (including digital); editors and art buyers, reps and consultants, graphic design, illustration, and motion. 

FINDING WORK: Continuing training, academic careers, finding employers and clients, assisting, industry cultures, and gallery and commercial representation. 

Thanks to our generous sponsors at Dripbook & Yodelist, attendees will also receive a 4 month free membership to Dripbook, a website offering online portfolio tools to creative professionals around the world. 

If you are a professional photographer, designer, stylist, makeup artist, hair stylist or other professional commercial artist, you can create an online portfolio on the Dripbook website for clients worldwide to view. 

Learn more from LACP.

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Annenberg Community Beach House

January 28, 11:00am-12:30pm


415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

The Annenberg Beach House is proud to present an artists’ talk about the current exhibition, Los Angeles: Detailed, moderated by educator, blogger, curator, writer, and fellow artist Aline Smithson. Join the photographers featured in the current exhibition, as each reflects on their individual work.

Los Angeles: Detailed is an exhibition featuring photographic works by nine diverse local photographers and which seeks the connection between the details in the artists' minds and the quotidian details of the unique landscape that is Los Angeles. On view from November 15th, 2016 - February 19th, 2017.

Participating photographers include: 
Maureen Haldeman, Mark Indig, Ann Mitchell, Cindy Bendat, Debe Arlook, Diane Cockerill, Larry Brownstein, Lawrence D'Attilio, Peter Bennett.


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© Stephane Asch

© Stephane Asch

Los Angeles Center of Photography

January 29 - February 5


1515 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Los Angeles Center of Photography is pleased to announce its Third Annual STREET WEEK in LA event. What started over a weekend has now broadened to a week – STREET WEEK.

STREET WEEK includes:

* A weekend of presentations by inspiring street shooters (bios to come)
* A one-day street shooting workshop with John Free, “In the Street” – Sunday, January 29, 10 am – 6 pm
* A five-day workshop with Matt Stuart, “Street Shooting in Los Angeles” – Monday-Friday, January 30 – February 3, 10 am – 6 pm each day
The Schedule
Sunday, January 29, 10 am – 6 pm, 2017: One-day street photography workshop with John Free, “In the Street.”
Monday – Friday, January 30 – February 3, 10 am – 6 pm, 2017: A five-day street photography workshop with Matt Stuart, “Street Shooting in Los Angeles.”
Friday, February 3, 7-10 pm, 2017: “Street Shooting Around the World” exhibition, opening reception.
Saturday and Sunday, February 4-5, 12-6 pm, 2017: Hourly presentations by street shooters (See below.)
Guest Speakers
Saturday, February 4
12:00 pm: David Ingraham
1:00 pm: Ibarionex Perello
2:00 pm: John Free
3:00 pm: Michelle Groskopf
4:00 pm: Julia Dean
5:00 pm: Matt Stuart
6:00 pm: Social hour
Sunday, February 5
12:00 pm: Colin Westerbeck
1:00 pm: Norman Schwartz
2:00 pm: Dana Barsuhn
3:00 pm: Rinzi Ruiz
4:00 pm: Kevin Weinstein: 1st place winner of “2017 Street Shooting Around the World” competition
5:00 pm: Stephen McLaren
6:00 pm: Social hour
* A one-day street shooting workshop with John Free, “In the Street” – January 29, 10 am – 6 pm
* A five-day workshop with Matt Stuart, “Street Shooting in Los Angeles” – Monday-Friday, January 30 – February 3, 10 am – 6 pm each day


Month of Photography Los Angeles Pop-Up Gallery

February 10, 10:00am-1:45pm


space15twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Lucie Foundation is pleased to announce the eighth installment of Fresh Look: A Portfolio Review on February 10, 2017 at space15twenty.

The Lucie Portfolio Reviews will provide the opportunity for photographers to have their portfolios reviewed by important decision makers in the industry, from consultants to editors, curators to gallerists. This unique opportunity allows Lucie members and the general public the opportunity to fine-tune their portfolios and receive critical feedback to their work. 

Eleni Peters, Giant Artists
Mark Giorgione, The Lapis Press
Paris Chong, Leica Gallery LA
Laura Elizabeth Andonian, The JUDE Group
Marisa Caichiolo, Building Bridges Art Exchange
Bayley Mizelle, Museum as Retail Space
and more!

Image © Lisa Leone