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Alchemy Works

March 1 - May 1, 2018


Alchemy Works, 826 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

"Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack is a series of photographs that I began creating to capture the uniqueness of Long Beach—the people and places that I thought made it different from everywhere else. But as I spent more time documenting my hometown, I realized that its uniqueness does not stem from the people who live there or the streets that comprise it. Rather, it is the things that don’t stand out that make Long Beach like nowhere else for me. The series pays tribute to the elements of Long Beach that many would find commonplace and un-extraordinary, highlighting the beauty of familiarity that can transform the mundane of one’s hometown into something very personal. The photographs’ devotion to the elements of the everyday signifies how the special feeling one associates with their hometown does not come from the place itself—it comes from being from the place." - Kovi Konowiecki

On view through May 1, 2018.

The Loft at Liz's

March 31, 7pm-9pm


453 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90036

Curated by Guy Dill, Crossing the Limits is the photographic narration of Marinella Paolini's artistic journey into miles travelled through roads and cities all over the world - featuring select works from three of Paolini’s projects:  Urban Soul (photography) , On the Way (photography), and Pathways (FusionArt) .

Crossing the Limits of traditional photographic processes, FusionArt is a new avant-garde form of expression on the contemporary art scene. The creative process and its subsequent testing was founded in 2010 in Rome in the laboratory of FormedarteItalia by the creative director Patrizia Biba Mogherini and the photographer Marinella Paolini. 

Collaborating Artists: Camilla Ancilotto, Sergio Fermariello, Han Hong Park , Benny Recchioni, Paola Romano.

Exhibition on view through April 30, 2018.

 © Cody Bratt

 © Cody Bratt

LINE Hotel Los Angeles

April 3 - April 16, 2018


Lobby at LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

For the month of April, MOPLA will be taking over the art installation in the lobby of the LINE Hotel Los Angeles.

Cody Bratt (b.1982) is a fourth generation photographic artist whose portfolio emcompasses the genres of landscape, portrait, experimental photography. “Love We Leave Behind” is Cody’s debut monograph due out in May 2018 from Fraction. In 2016, LensCulture named him one of their Emerging 50. Cody’s photographs have exhibited and published internationally including New York City, Berlin, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, England and Italy. 

“Love We Leave Behind” explores the emotional journeys we take in the aftermath of fervent love, which is often as damaging as it is intoxicating.

Born from revisited memories, the photographs don’t mark literal or specific moments, but are meant to be interpreted as an ambiguous state of mind, as evidenced through both their individual subject matter and their sequencing. The recognizable visual tableaus created by headlights on the open road during late night drives or by rundown motel rooms are interspersed with occasional moments of bright hope and clarity. These places create a backdrop for a darkness that changes not only our circumstances, but who we are.

The intertwined threads of landscapes and portrait imagery merge distinct image making processes to render a lyrical, although never reliably factual, sense of searching, discovery and loss inherent to finding the strength to break away. 

© William Allard

© William Allard

Leica Gallery

April 5, 6pm-9pm


8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048



Exhibition on view through May 15, 2018.

© Megan Miller

© Megan Miller

YES Creative Studio

April 5, 7pm-11pm


930 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

“Everyday” is a collaboration between Danielle Malambri and her partner, Megan Miller. Malambri wrote five scripts highlighting everyday suburban life events featuring LGBT+ protagonists as she desired to see more of herself and her community on screen and in mainstream culture. Miller, a photographer, has worked with her to express these scripts as a five-part photo essay.

Malambri and Miller both grew up in Orlando and landed in Los Angeles in their mid-twenties. These images come from their experiences navigating their way through friendships, relationships and coming of age. These are ordinary, benign moments, set in an environment sometimes at odds with who they knew they were. They hope viewers can find a bit of themselves in the scenes they share.

On Thursday, April 5, these stories will be on display at YES Creative Studio in downtown Los Angeles. The prints will be sold via silent auction, with zines of the project available, as well as a tattoo artist, drinks, and more. Proceeds raised go to the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the onePULSE Foundation.

Photographer - Megan Miller
Art Director - Danielle Malambri

Exhibition on view for one night only.




Building Bridges Art Exchange

April 7, 6pm-9pm

The Relative Sharpness of Boundaries - A FEATURED MOPLA EXHIBITION

2525 Michigan Ave, Unit F2, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Artists: Alessandro Cardinale | Cristina Gori | Hertha Miessner | Nuna Mangiante | Semra Sevin

Building Bridges Art Exchange is honored to welcome the above mentioned 5 artists to the city of Los Angeles as part of our International Program and as part of the Month of Photography LA 2018. The Relative Sharpness of Boundaries exhibit will explore the contribution of these five artists from Europe and South America, to generate a dialog about identity, boundaries, and tolerance.

Curated by Marisa Caichiolo.



On view through May 19, 2018.


Clockwise from left: Luis by Nuna Mangiante ©2016, Nushu by Alessandro Cardinale ©2017, Vault Over Profile by Cristina Gori ©2017, Kolkata Shadows 3 by Hertha Miessner ©2018, Crossing Identities by Semra Sevin ©2017

From Left: Emily Petrie, SallyKrueger-Wyman

From Left: Emily Petrie, SallyKrueger-Wyman

Building Bridges Art Exchange

April 7, 6pm-9pm

Of Nature & Stardust - Building Bridges Art Exchange, sponsored by Red Hen Press, presents the work of artists Sally Krueger-Wyman and Emily Petrie - A FEATURED MOPLA EXHIBITION

2525 Michigan Ave, Unit F2, Santa Monica, CA 90404

RSVP for the opening reception at:

The work of Sally through abstraction or isolation manifests a world unto itself. This collection aims to highlight the in nite soul and spirit to be found within the many realms of nature.

Emily’s collection explores the twelve astrological Zodiac signs and their corresponding elements and emotions. The ethereal portraits were an immersive photography experience, combining atmospheric and scenic images projected on live subjects. 


Exhibition on view until May 19, 2018.


April 7, 6pm-9pm

Robert Farber: 44 Years of Capturing Beauty - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

Space15Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Join Blazing Editions & ChromaLuxe in celebrating Robert Farber's career.

Exhibition to feature more than 30 works by Robert Farber throughout his career. All images printed on ChromaLuxe aluminum by Blazing Editions.

Artist will be in attendance.
Complimentary food & beverage will be served.

Exhibition on view through April 9, 2018. 

About Robert Farber: 
Robert Farber’s style has influenced generations of photographers. His painterly, impressionistic style captures the essence of composition in every genre, including nudes, still life, landscapes and architecture. His thirteen photo art books have sold over half a million copies.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis brought Farber into Doubleday for the publication of his book “By The Sea,” which won the Art Director’s Award for color photography. Aside from numerous creative awards, Robert Farber also received the Photographer of the Year from PMA (Photographic Manufacturers Association), ASP International Award from the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and The American Society of Photographers. This award was given to those who’ve made a significant contribution to the science and art of photography. Some previous recipients of this award include Dr. Edwin Land (inventor of the Polaroid), George Hurrell, and National Geographic.

Farber’s work with nudes in fine art as well as in the commercial realm is known and respected. He has lectured for Ogilvy & Mather on the “Nude in Advertising.” ASMP requested to use Farber’s nudes as an example of the artistic application in support of the National Endowment of Arts, after its backing of the controversial Mapplethorpe/Serrano exhibit. His book, “Farber Nudes,” was also included in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis estate collection.

Farber’s fine-art photographs have been published in virtually every form. Farber has exhibited in galleries and museums world-wide. He’s lectured at the Smithsonian Institute, The George Eastman House, as well as Universities and professional groups throughout the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe. Aside from his fine art photography, Robert Farber’s work encompasses major campaigns for fashion, beauty and advertising, as well as directing for TV and film. A documentary highlighting Farber’s life and career, is in development for PBS.

Exhibition on view through April 9, 2018. 


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Venice Arts

April 8, 4pm-7pm

Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and MOPLA Photo Book Exhibition - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

13445 Beach Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards: 
Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogueof the Year. The exhibition celebrates the shortlisted titles from the PhotoBook Awards.


Exhibition on view through April 27, 2018.



MOPLA Photo Book Exhibition: 
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 Include:
AJ Heath, Alessio Zemoz, Allison Stewart, Andreas Tschersich, Ave Pildas, Berkay Tezcan, Bing Nv, Brandon Thibodeaux,  Bryan Thomas, Clara de Tezanos, Dan Lopez, De Kwok, Elena Kholkina, Fran Antmann, Frank Hamrick, Goran Turnšek, Agata Grzybowska, Guilherme Bergamini, Ivan Clemente, Jacek Kolodziejski, Jadwiga Bronte, Jerry Dantzic and Grayson Dantzici, Jessica Haye, Julie Weber, Kishor Krishnamoorthi, Kris Vervaeke, Lisa McCarty, Ludmila Ketslakh, Maija Tammi, Manda Quevedo, Marcelo Masagao, Mario Lalau, Marion Belanger, Mike Callaghan, Nancy Edelstein, Natalia Baluta, Nathan Pearce, Ofir Barak, Robert Pufleb and Nadine Schlieper, Sarah Pollman, Svetlana Biryukova, Tatiana Cedillo, Yorgos Yatromanolakis.

Exhibition on view through April 27, 2018. 

© Emily Shur

© Emily Shur

Contact Photo Lab

April 10, 7pm-10pm


Contact Photo Lab, 618 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031

An Idyllic Place: a Book Release Party, Exhibition, and Artist Talk featuring the work and recent publications of Naomi Harris, Pamela Littky, and Emily Shur.

Talk @ 7pm moderated by Aline Smithson.
Festivities to follow.

Image © Angie Smith

Image © Angie Smith


April 11, 6pm-9pm

Stronger Shines The Light Inside - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

Space15Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Stronger Shines the Light Inside, an ongoing public photography installation and social media platform, tells the stories of resettlement in America. Over the course of three years, Los Angeles based photographer Angie Smith has documented the process of refugees rebuilding their lives in Idaho, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Stronger Shines the Light Inside has become a medium through which these stories of resettlement can be shared. The portraits and interviews help Americans understand the complexities, struggles and personal triumphs that refugees experience in their everyday lives.

Artist Talk: April 14th, 1pm-2:30pm

On view through April 15, 2018.


© John Simmons

© John Simmons

The Perfect Exposure Gallery

April 12, 6pm-9pm


The Perfect Exposure Gallery, 1125 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

"I grew up in Chicago and was born in 1950. My earliest memory of photography
is from about seven or eight years old. A man came to the house to shoot a family
portrait. As he would finish a roll of film he’d hand it to me to put into its canister. Each roll handed to me came with an explanation. He created a world of magic around the whole process and I couldn’t wait to see the images. 
Fast forward to 1965. My friends brother Bobby Sengstacke was about ten years my senior and an incredible photographer. His family owned The Chicago Daily Defender Newspaper the oldest black publication in the country established in 1906. Bobby was one of the hippest cats I ever knew. He was always draped in 35mm Nikon cameras, shooting something for the paper. He would take me in the darkroom and I’d watch him print. Jazz was always playing. He loaned me camera at a convention and when he processed the roll he was impressed. So was I. Bobby gave me a copy of The Sweet Flypaper of Life by Langston Hughes with photos by Roy DeCarava. He showed me the work of Gordon Parks, Roy Lewis, Chester Higgins, Henri Cartier Bresson, James VanDerZee and many others. That’s where my love of candid street photography began. It seemed that every photographer I admired shot in black and white so I wanted to. 
As time went by I began feel that black and white was more direct. It complimented the narrative of my way of seeing. I always strive to make images that tell a story. Every time I take a picture I bring my entire life experience to that moment. Every click of the shutter is a totality of the music I’ve heard the, the love and pain I’ve seen and lived and has shaped the way I see.

Life In Black and White is a narrative of my life through my lens."  

On view through Friday, May 18, 2018.


© Elsa Leydier

© Elsa Leydier

LINE Hotel Los Angeles

April 12, 6pm-9pm


POT at The LINE, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

The return of the very popular Instagram Jam, originally conceived by photographer Shaughn Crawford. Instagram Jam will feature the photography of both well known and obscure photographers who use Instagram to share their work. 

A portion of the proceeds from print sales will benefit Lucie Foundation’s at-risk youth program, SNAPSHOP!

Curated by Shaughn Crawford, The LINE Hotel, and the Lucie Foundation.

Participating Artists
Adam Amengual - @adamamengual
Courtney Beckett - @ccbeckett
Jack Bool - @jack.bool
Maria del Rio - @delriophotography
Brooke DiDonato - @brookedidonato
Justin Fantl - @fantl
Brian Finke - @brianfinke
Lisa Guerriero - @analogstreets
Kenny Hurtado - @kennyhurtado
Ellen Jantzen - @ellenjantzen
Anjelica Jardiel - @anjelicajardiel
Elsa Leydier - @elsitasereia
Sara Nicomedi - @saranicomedi
Anna Prilutckaia - @annprilutckaia
Pia Riverola - @piariverola
Ramona Rosales - @ramona_rosales
Shaughn and John - @shaughn_and_john
Todd Weaver - @fstop_fitzgerald
Ben Zank - @benzank
Chiara Zonca - @shadowontherun


On view through April 15, 2018.

132© Rikki Reich

132© Rikki Reich

LINE Hotel Los Angeles

April 12, 6pm-10pm


3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

Lost Rolls America – a unique, new public history archive launched by award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv - opens the magical reencounter with the past to anyone who possesses unprocessed rolls of film. This project asks Americans to dig through their junk drawers and basement boxes to find forgotten, undeveloped rolls of film that can become part of a digital national database of personal visual stories and memories.

See this work come to life during the Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA). At a time when it often feels like our country is divided, this archive highlights how Americans are united through common visual themes, shared pasts, and mutual memories.

Step back into the enchanting period of analog film! Visit the Lost Rolls America vintage-style Airstream at The Line Hotel, April 12-15.

Thursday / 6pm-10pm
Friday / 10am-9pm
Saturday / 10am-6pm
Sunday / 10am-6pm

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© Jenna Mulhall-Brereton

© Jenna Mulhall-Brereton

Los Angeles Center of Photography

April 13, 7pm-10pm

Opening Reception for LACP's First Annual "Faculty, Member and Alumni (FMA)" Exhibition

1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Los Angeles Center of Photography proudly presents its First Annual “Faculty, Member and Alumni (FMA)” exhibition, a collection of photography honoring the organization’s faculty, members and student alumni. 33 artists will be exhibiting their work, with a total of roughly 60 images on display. The exhibition will show at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, April 13 – May 18, 2018. The FMA will be an annual exhibition in the Spring of each year.

Exhibiting Faculty:

Aline Smithson, Brad Buckman, Bonny Taylor, David Zentz, Douglas Stockdale, Eric Joseph, Erin Davis, Gabriella Muttone, Gina Valona, Jennifer Emery, Julia Dean, Kat Bawden, Michael Pliskin, Rollence Patugan, Sarah Hadley and Susan Burnstine.

Exhibiting Members:

Andy House, Jenna Mulhall-Brereton, John D. Elliott, Joshua Sarinana, Kathy Curtis Cahill, Kevin Weinstein, Lori Pond, Matthew Finley and Wendi Schneider

Exhibiting Alumni:

Amanda Rose, Brian Jung, Gila Silberman, Hilary White, Ilis Ruiz Cano, Jamie Siragusa, Sarah Rooney and Willie Mack

Admission is free with registration:


© Jake Michaels

© Jake Michaels

LINE Hotel Los Angeles

April 13, 7pm-9pm


LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Wish You Were Here, Vol. 4, curated by Mental Health Club, is a postcard photography exhibition featuring 30 images by 15 artists.

The exhibition of postcard images will be presented in the lobby of the LINE Hotel. Postcards will also be featured in the hotel rooms and sold in Poketo (inside the LINE) for the duration of MOPLA.

Artists include:
Ana Cuba, Brian Vu, Caroline Tompkins, Cody Cobb, Daniel Dorsa, David Black, Delaney Allen, Jake Michaels, Kelia Anne MacCluskey, Logan White, Nathanael Turner, Scott Grover, Vishal Marapon, Yael Malka, and  Zhongjia Sun.

© Liz Palm

© Liz Palm

ROW DTLA: DTLA’s emerging hub for art, culture, and experience

April 14, 2018, 5pm-8pm

The Print Swap: Reflections of a Dream - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Building M-1, Suite #140, Los Angeles, CA 90021 

The Print Swap and Month of Photography Los Angeles present the 2018 exhibition, Reflections of A Dream. This Print Swap exhibition, curated by Paul Kopeikin, director of Kopeikin Gallery, features international photographers such as Ellen Jantzen, Liz Palm, Tori Gagne and 26 others whose photographs make us question if we are conscious or indeed in a dream state. Taking place during the 10th anniversary of Month of Photography Los Angeles, The Print Swap is excited to share Reflections of A Dream with the LA photography community, where 50% of the proceeds of the exhibition will go towards the Artist Campaign School. Join us Saturday, April 14th, at the ROW in DTLA for the opening reception.


Exhibition on view through April 21, 2018. 

© Michelle Groskopf

© Michelle Groskopf

ROW DTLA: DTLA’s emerging hub for art, culture, and experience

April 14, 5pm-8pm

Sentimental by Michelle GroskopF - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Bldg. M-2: Suite #132, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Sentimental is the first monograph by Michelle Groskopf. The work is from her life and the streets of Los Angeles. It’s her love letter to the city and it’s people. In her own words, “It’s ok to STARE” sums up what makes Sentimental special.

"We tend to forget that most of life takes place up close, where we cross each other’s paths. When we frame that energy, we can marvel at its beauty.
This is Los Angeles. This book is a map of my whims. It’s a diary, in memory of all the days I trotted half in love down the street. It’s how I see colors and how I hold faces up to be worshipped. It’s my love letter to this grand city and it’s people. It’s also a love letter to my childhood and all the ways it shaped my aesthetic. This is how I formulate my daily geography, the very things that prop me up and keep me afloat.
This book is for you. I want you to have it. I want you to know that it’s ok to stare”.

Michelle Groskopf


© Alexander Klang

© Alexander Klang

ROW DTLA: DTLA’s emerging hub for art, culture, and experience

April 14, 5pm-8pm

Month of Photography Los Angeles Group Show - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Bldg. 1-Unit #100 and Bldg. 2-Suite #158, Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Month of Photography Los Angeles Group Show is a submission-based exhibition which features local and global emerging and established photographers each year. The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Group Show is co-presented with our partner, WeTransfer.

Printed by Blazing Editions on ChromaLuxe aluminum.

Artists include: Alessandra Gerevini, Alex Delapena, Alexander Klang, Alyssa McDonald, Ana  Santos, Anna Ehrenstein, Ashley Walker, Bianca Salvo, Brad Torchia, David Denil, David Jay, Dionysis Livanis, Elsa Leydier, Hanna Rédling, Isadora Romero, Isobel Rae, Javiera Estrada, Jimmy and Jesse Marble, Jordanna Kalman, Joseph Ritchie, Justin Barton, Kate Truisi, Kovi Konowiecki, Kya Lou, Lorenza Demata, Lucie Khahoutian, Lujan Agusti, Marielle Gebben, Marilyn Montufar, Michelle Groskopf, Nathaniel Perales, Nick Meyer, Reuben Wu, Ruben Tomas, Sara Swaty, Therese Ohrvall, Tony McAteer, and Vanja Bucan. 


Exhibition on view through April 21, 2018. 


© Brooke DiDonato

© Brooke DiDonato

LINE Hotel Los Angeles

April 17 - April 23, 2018


LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

For the month of April, MOPLA will be taking over the art installation in the lobby of the LINE Hotel Los Angeles. This week will feature work by photographer Brooke DiDonato. 

Brooke DiDonato (b.1990) is a visual artist from Ohio. Her images depict everyday settings with a surreal twist, using visual anomalies as a framework to explore the psyche. By exploiting the narrative limitations of a photograph, she places viewers in the middle of a storyline that is both real and constructed. DiDonato lives and works in New York.

On view through April 23, 2018.

© Anders Overgaard

© Anders Overgaard


April 18, 6pm-9pm

Wanderlust: A Silent Auction Benefit - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

Space15Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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. Proceeds from the auction will go to Earthjustice.  

Earthjustice is passionately working to preserve the environment and build a healthier future for all through the power of law.

Participating Artists: Cedric Angeles, Olivia Bee, Anna Beeke, Emily Berl, Julien Capmeil, Amanda Charchian, Bryan Derballa, Beth Garrabrant, Michael George, Brian Guido, Brooke Holm, Jenny Hueston,  Ditte Isager, Kyle Johnson, Lucy Laucht, Anders Overgaard, Dan Martensen, Anne Menke, Damien Maloney, Jessica Pons, Benjamin Rasmusen, Jessica Sample, Emily Shur, Alistair Taylor-Young, Michael Turek, Magdalena Wosinksa

Link to bid will be published on April 4!

Curated and organized by Jessica Sample.

Exhibition Preview: April 17 

© Pascal Shirley

© Pascal Shirley


April 19, 6pm-9pm

The Child Walks In The Snow: Photographs from Hokkaido by Pascal Shirley - IN ASSOCIATION WITH MOPLA

12705 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90066

 The Child Walks In The Snow: Photographs from Hokkaido by Pascal Shirley. Opening reception with the artist on April 19, 6pm-9pm. Food by MTN!

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm.

On view through May 5, 2018.

© Howard Steenwyk

© Howard Steenwyk

Infinity Room

April 19, 7pm-9pm


Infinity Room, 5413 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90016

A three-man exhibition exploring the notion of play through the vision of three multidisciplinary artists, Russell Hamilton, Victor Koroma and Howard Steenwyk. Victor Koroma is an artist that creates mixed media photography works. The work on view “Sex, Drugs and Office Supplies” aims to transform commonplace objects into objects of desire.

Howard Steenwyk combines existing photography to create new content and associations.

Russell Hamilton’s work “Mas” chronicles the Caribbean Carnival season and moments surrounding the parades vibrancy.


Exhibition on view through April 26.

© Melodie McDaniel

© Melodie McDaniel


April 20, 6pm-9pm


Space15Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Sometimes beauty exists where you least expect to find it, it’s in the proverbial cracks in the pavement where flowers can bloom.

Compton, CA is a city with more than its share of gang violence. Immortalized in films and rap music lyrics, violence is a real part of daily life for many of Compton’s residents. But what also exists is an alternative, that blooming flower, in the shape of The Compton Jr. Posse, an after school equestrian leadership program for at-risk youth. For two years photographer Melodie McDaniel and writer Amelia Fleetwood followed and covered this organization to create a stunning body of work.

Their motto “Keeping kids off the streets and on horses.” speaks for itself. An unlikely place to find not only horses but also a surprising place to witness such powerful transformations for each child that is lucky enough to encounter The Compton Jr. Posse.

Curated by Audrey Landreth
Organized by Amelia Fleetwood
Exhibition Design by Mark Montiel

*Closing Reception on Sunday, May 6 from 4pm-6pm
Meet & Greet the Students & Friends of CJP!

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@ Michelle Groskopfi

ROW DTLA: DTLA’s emerging hub for art, culture, and experience

April 21, 2pm


ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Bldg. M-2: Suite #132, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Sentimental is the first monograph by Michelle Groskopf. The work is from her life and the streets of Los Angeles. It’s her love letter to the city and it’s people. In her own words, “It’s ok to STARE” sums up what makes Sentimental special.

"We tend to forget that most of life takes place up close, where we cross each other’s paths. When we frame that energy, we can marvel at its beauty.

This is Los Angeles. This book is a map of my whims. It’s a diary, in memory of all the days I trotted half in love down the street. It’s how I see colors and how I hold faces up to be worshipped. It’s my love letter to this grand city and it’s people. It’s also a love letter to my childhood and all the ways it shaped my aesthetic. This is how I formulate my daily geography, the very things that prop me up and keep me afloat.

This book is for you. I want you to have it. I want you to know that it’s ok to stare”.
— Michelle Groskopf


Arcana: Books on the Arts (bookstore)

April 21, 4pm-6pm

Book signing for photographer Jessica Antola's monograph "Circadian Landscape" - A FEATURED MOPLA EVENT

Arcana: Books on the Arts, 8675 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232

Book signing for photographer Jessica Antola's monograph "Circadian Landscape" (Damiani, March 2018). Antola traveled mostly by car to capture the beauty and vibrancy of everyday life in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Senegal, and Ethiopia from 2011 to 2014. The vignettes, portraits, and landscapes that emerge offer a compelling snapshot of contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa.


© Jacek Kolodziejski

© Jacek Kolodziejski

Arena 1 Gallery

April 21, 6pm-9pm

Construction: A Group Show About Memory and Fabrication - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

Arena 1 Gallery at Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Construction: A Group Show About Memory and Fabrication featuring bodies of work by Jacek Kolodziejski, Philip Cheung, Leticia Zica, Diane Meyer, Bruna Stude, and J. Fredric May.

Also on view is Emerging Photographer: Spring 2018 - brought to you by PDN, RF and Canon - the International Photography Awards Best of Show, and APA Los Angeles' annual Off the Clock exhibition!


Exhibition on view through May 12, 2018. 

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© Ben Zank

© Ben Zank

LINE Hotel Los Angeles

April 23 - April 30, 2018


LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

For the month of April, MOPLA will be taking over the art installation in the lobby of the LINE Hotel Los Angeles. This week will feature work by photographer Ben Zank.

Ben Zank was born in 1991 in the Bronx; he still lives and works in New York City. 
While his field of study was journalism, Ben Zank found a more direct means of expression in photography, after he discovered a Pentax ME Super in his grandmother’s attic. Submitting himself to the rigorous exercise of "one shot per day", his images often conveniently stage himself as the main character. Using simple props such as yellow tape, Zank manages to bend reality to suit his own vision. 
Guided by his subconsciousness, Zank explores his own emotional experiences. While the straight line seems to be a recurring element of his compositions, it is paradoxically used as a way to blur one’s perception of gravity; it can even appear as an overwhelming psychological Ariadne’s thread, literally splitting the persona in two. Undeniably, his characters often seem to fuse with their surroundings, and hence rubbing the outline of the self. In his self-portraits, the Id, the Ego and the Superego appear to have metaphorically expanded beyond his physical boundaries, to the point of embracing their environment. The latent tension inherent to the images Zank creates, reflect perfectly the inner emotional struggles of the artist.

On view through April 30, 2018.

© Nan Goldin

© Nan Goldin

MOCA Grand

March 4 - September 3, 2018

Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin

250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), presents Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin, an exhibition that brings together the works of three of the most influential photographers of modern life. Drawn largely from MOCA’s extraordinary collection of photography, the exhibition provides a remarkable opportunity to explore the ways in which Brassaï (Gyula Halász) (b. 1899, Brassó, Hungary (now Romania); d. 1984, Èze, France), Diane Arbus (b.1923, New York; d. 1971, New York) andNan Goldin (b. 1953, Washington, D.C.) use the camera to reflect and transform the world around them. Real Worlds features an exceptional trove of approximately one hundred works by the three artists, including Brassaï’s unforgettable images of the nocturnal denizens of Paris, Arbus’s most memorable and unsettling portraits, and Goldin’s searingly poignant documentation of herself and her community. The exhibition is structured around MOCA’s nearly comprehensive collection of photographs that appear in three legendary photobooks: Brassaï’s The Secret Paris of the 30’s (1976), the posthumous Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph (1972), and Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986).

Curator: Lanka Tattersall
Curatorial Associate: Rebecca Matalon

Los Angeles Center of Photography

April 25, 7:30pm-9:30pm


1515 Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

OPEN SHOW LA provides a forum for our local community of visual storytellers to share their projects. Several times a year photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers of Los Angeles gather at different venues around town for an evening of live presentations and lively conversations.

Free admission with registration:

© Jeff Minton

© Jeff Minton

FLOOD Gallery 

April 25, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Sense: A Silent Auction to Benefit Multiple Sclerosis

542 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90004

Rachael Lieberman and the Lucie Foundation host a carefully curated group photography show that speaks specifically to the five senses—sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. The show and silent auction, featuring the works of 50 artists*, will benefit Multiple Sclerosis**, a debilitating illness that affects the senses. The collection will be available to view and purchase by silent auction starting April 11 online and culminate with the show on April 25 at FLOOD Gallery. Proceeds will benefit the neurology department at UCLA who is conducting advanced scientific research and looking to build a center to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the care and treatment of MS patients.

Participating artists include: Koury Angelo,Ian Allen, Adam Amengual, Corey Arnold, David Black, Peter Bohler, Chris Buck, Dan Busta, Joao Canziani, Danny Clinch, Sam Comen, Chris Craymer, James Dimmock, Justin Fantl, Amanda Friedman, Kris Graves, Gregory Halpern, Andrew Hetherington, Shaughn + John, Henrik Knudsen, Gillian Laub, Daniel Seung Lee, Spencer Lowell, Jimmy Marble, James Minchin, Jeff Minton, Michael Muller, Frank Ockenfels, Eric Ogden, Ahndraya Parlato, Ryan Pfluger, Richard Phibbs, Gus Powell, Joe Pugliese, Smallz + Raskind, Mike Rosenthal, Matthew Salacuse, Jami Saunders, Michael Schmelling, Jason Schmidt, Martin Schoeller, Manjari Sharma, Emily Shur, Jake Stangel, Aline Smithson, Art Streiber, Noah Webb, Peter Yang, Mathieu Young, Coral von Zumwalt.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness and more. There is presently no cure for MS. Your participation in the online auction and/or attendance at the show will go a long way.


Lite snacks provided by whitehousedish, beverages by Lagunitas Brewing Company and Titos Handmade Vodka
Complimentary valet

Exhibition on view for one night only.

Curve Line Space

April 26, 7pm-10pm

Emily Berl: MARILYN - A FEATURED MOPLA EXHIBITION and book release

CURVE LINE SPACE, 3348 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Curve Line Space presents the show Marilyn by photographer Emily Berl which features large format color prints from her documentary portrait series exploring the ongoing legacy of Marilyn Monroe. The show also coincides with the release of Emily Berl’s first monograph, Marilyn (Sturm & Drang Publishers, 2018).

After her move to Los Angeles in 2012, photographer Emily Berl began to notice the image of Marilyn Monroe all over the city. It’s been over half a century since Marilyn’s death, and her image is stronger now than ever. Many who recognize Marilyn don’t know her movies, yet they accept her as the classic example of glamor and stardom. She embodies both the light and the dark side of the Hollywood Dream, represents a place that inspires the imagination, and offers a faraway glimmer of hope generation after generation.

For the women in this series who dress as Marilyn, whether as impersonators, tribute artists, or simply fans, she is more than a storied icon. She represents an important part of their lives: in some cases a lifelong career, in others a focus of deep love and dedication. These photographs examine the star’s endurance but more importantly, they are a look at the women who choose to channel the classic yet powerful notion of the Hollywood Dream that still thrives today.

© Aline Smithson

© Aline Smithson

Smashbox Studios

April 27, 7:00-10:00pm


 8549 Higuera St., Culver City, CA 90232

Month of Photography Los Angeles is proud to present the 5th annual Analogue Portrait Project, hosted by Smashbox Studios. This exhibition is a submission-based competition featuring both emerging and established photographers, with all images having been made using film, not digital cameras.

The Analogue judges include Andrea Streiber, Studio Director of Smashbox Studios; Steve Hiett, esteemed Polaroid photographer,; Ron Haviv, award winning photojournalist and Founder of VII Photo Agency; Kate Kuo, Photo Editor at theLos Angeles Times; and MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder and President of the Magenta Foundation.

The Artist’s Reception will take place the evening of Friday, April 27th from 7 -10pm at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, where the 25 selected images will be exhibited and one lucky photographer from the show will receive a 6 hour studio session at Smashbox Studios.

© Alexandra Hedison

© Alexandra Hedison

Von Lintel Gallery

April 28, 6pm-8pm

Alexandra Hedison: The In Between - A FEATURED MOPLA EXHIBITION

2685 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90034

Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by artist, Alexandra Hedison. The exhibition marks the artist’s first solo presentation with the gallery. Alexandra Hedison is known for her abstracted and surreal photographs of landscapes and interiors. In 2014, she began photographing exterior storefront windows in Paris that had been painted over to conceal the interior space that was either abandoned or in transition. Hedison found a happenstance beauty in these “found paintings” that have a fresco like surface. Brushstrokes of swiled paint are scratched and pock-marked by the workers inside who unintentionally scrape away the paint as they brush past the glass. Each mark serves as a record of time and transition and every day these facades shift a bit revealing what is taking place within. Often the reflection of adjacent architecture or tree lined sidewalks are reflected on the surface of the glass revealing a city in motion and the lives of its inhabitants.

Conceptually the found paintings become a metaphor for shifting identity with a direct dialogue about Paris as a city deeply etched by the forces of old and new, remembered and forgotten, perpetually in transition.

Alexandra Hedison was born in Los Angeles, California in 1969. She has exhibited in Europe and the U.S. Her work is in public and private collections including Barclay’s Capital, CQ Global and Participant Media. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

© Deepi Ahluwalia

© Deepi Ahluwalia

Castelli Art Space

April 28, 7pm-9pm

Doyennes of Photography - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA EXHIBITION

5428 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90016

A group show highlighting a diversity of women photographers working across different genres, curated by Jigisha Bouverat, Kristina Hicks and Sonia Panda featuring Sinden Collier, Miranda Penn Turin, Deepi Ahluwalia, Monica Orozco and Sophie Hart.

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© Devyn Galindo 2017

© Devyn Galindo 2017

Charles White Elementary School Gallery

January 27, 2018–October 6, 2018

A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America

2401 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90057

As part of the multisite project A Universal History of Infamy, LACMA presents an exhibition curated by artist and educator Vincent Ramos at the museum's satellite gallery within Charles White Elementary School. By displaying works by contemporary Latino artists, writers, and activists exploring loss, resilience, and the political potential of poetic expression alongside several pieces from LACMA’s collection, Ramos exposes a shared impulse across generations to use art as a powerful method of resistance.

Artists in the exhibition include Isabel Avila, Raul Baltazar, Roberto Chavez, Victor Estrada, Carlee Fernandez, Devyn Galindo, Héctor García, Jacinta González, Raul Guerrero, Fred Lonidier, Maria de Los Angeles, Yvette Mayorga, Delilah Montoya, Jorge Orozco Gonzalez, Monique Prieto, Betsabeé Romero, Peter Saul, Fritz Scholder, Rufino Tamayo, Teresita de la Torre, Patricia Valencia, Linda Vallejo, Emmett Walsh, and Max Yavno.

Contributing writers: Rocio Carlos, Sesshu Foster, Carribean Fragoza, and Stephanie Guerrero.

Charles White Elementary School opened in 2004 on the former campus of Otis College of Art and Design. The school is named for artist Charles White (1918–1979), who taught at Otis for many years. LACMA has been programming exhibitions at the school since 2007.

Public Hours: Open Saturdays, 1–4 pm. Enter the gallery at the corner of Park View and Wilshire Boulevard. 


Annenberg Space for Photography

April 21  - September 9, 2018


2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library is the result of celebrated American photography curator Anne Wilkes Tucker’s excavation of nearly 500 images—out of a collection of over 14 million—permanently housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. While visitors to the exhibition might never see an ostrich, they will see the image entitled “Not an Ostrich” and a large selection of rare and handpicked works from the vaults of the world’s largest library, many never widely available to the public.

This exhibition spans across the history of photography—from daguerreotypes, the first photographic process, to contemporary digital prints. Iconic portraits of Abraham Lincoln, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Cesar Chavez and Elizabeth Taylor appear alongside unusual images, such as, Stanley Kubrick’s “Strong Man’s Family” (1947), John Vachon’s “Ice Fishing, Minnesota” (1956), Susana Raab’s “Chicken in Love, Athens, OH” (2006) and Nina Berman’s “Flammable Faucet #4, Monroeton, PA” (2011). Vivid color portrayals of America, across time, are highlighted in juxtapositions of popular travel views from the late 19th century, created by the Detroit Publishing Company using the then-latest “photochrom” technology, on a screen next to striking contemporary scenes captured by Carol M. Highsmith.

A nation’s story is a reflection of its collective—and selective—memory. Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library invites visitors to experience our shared heritage.

A documentary film—produced by the Annenberg Foundation—featuring interviews with seven exhibit photographers, along with inside access to the Library of Congress, will be shown at the Space.

Armstead & White Photograph Gallery  (detail), 1861-1865, Armstead & White [George Armstead and Henry White], albumen silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Armstead & White Photograph Gallery (detail), 1861-1865, Armstead & White [George Armstead and Henry White], albumen silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Getty Center

February 27 – May 27, 2018


This exhibition explores the formative years of photography in nineteenth-century America. Featuring rare photographs and negatives as well as iconic images from the Gold Rush and Civil War, it traces early experimentation with photography on paper. The show also reveals how photographic reproduction helped shape perceptions of the United States during a critical period of political tension and territorial expansion.

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Clementines , 2011, Daniel Gordon, chromogenic print. Collection of Allison Bryant Crowell. © Daniel Gordon. Image courtesy Daniel Gordon and M+B Gallery, Los Angeles

Clementines, 2011, Daniel Gordon, chromogenic print. Collection of Allison Bryant Crowell. © Daniel Gordon. Image courtesy Daniel Gordon and M+B Gallery, Los Angeles

Getty Center

February 27 - May 27, 2018

Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography

Many photographers working today use paper in unique and innovative ways. Some create paper models with images gleaned from current events, popular magazines, or the internet for the express purpose of photographing them. Others cut, layer, fold, and assemble representational photographs to introduce tactile or narrative elements. This exhibition features works by Thomas Demand, Christiane Feser, Daniel Gordon, Soo Kim, Matt Lipps, and Christopher Russell.

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European Painting 1850–1900 Gallery, J. Paul Getty Museum , 1997, Robert Polidori, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist in conjunction with The Lapis Press. © Robert Polidori

European Painting 1850–1900 Gallery, J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997, Robert Polidori, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist in conjunction with The Lapis Press. © Robert Polidori

Getty Center

December 12, 2017 – May 6, 2018


Photographer Robert Polidori, known for his images of architecture and human habitats, created a series of images of the Getty Center shortly before the opening of the multipurpose complex in 1997. As the Center celebrates its twentieth anniversary, this exhibition features behind-the-scenes views of the building and galleries as objects from J. Paul Getty’s painting, sculpture, and decorative arts collections were being installed in the Museum for the first time.