© Bonuk Koo

            © Bonuk Koo

            © Mingyue Chen

            © Mingyue Chen

            © Seulki Huh

            © Seulki Huh

            © Sihang Zhang

            © Sihang Zhang

New York Film Academy/MOPLA

Mar 20 2012


Space #B226, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Admission: Free 

Exhibition: Open through April 12pm-5pm

In association with MOPLA, SPACE:DISTANCE brings together graduating students of the MFA Photography Program at the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles.

Mingyue Chen's evocative images focus on the idea of fleeting memories inspired by her childhood in China.

Seulki Huh's exquisite landscapes explore man's impact on the American West.

Bonuk Koo uses long exposures to create strikingly elegant and graphic nightscapes.

Sihang Zhang's moody images blur the boundaries between reality and fiction through a fine art approach to documentary photography.

Venice Arts Gallery

Mar 28 2012

Open Show Los Angeles

Venice Arts Gallery, 610 California Ave., Venice, CA 90291

Admission: Free 

We're pleased to again partner with our friends at Open Show, which provides a forum for our local community of visual storytellers to share their projects.

Submit your work at: openshow.org/submissions


            © Clive Frost, 1st Place, People

            © Clive Frost, 1st Place, People

            © Kaho Lam, 1st Place, Street Photographers

            © Kaho Lam, 1st Place, Street Photographers

            © Poras Chauhdary, 1st Place, Cityscapes

            © Poras Chauhdary, 1st Place, Cityscapes

The Loft at Liz's

Mar 30 2012

One Shot: The City

The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: Free 

Exhibit: March 30, 2012 - May 1, 2012

The International Photography Awards presents "One Shot: The City. Images That Tell a Story About The City."  The exhibition will include winning images from IPA's annual single-image themed competition of the same name.  Featured photographers include: Poras Chaudhary, Kaho Lam, Clive Frost, Martijn Oort, Wen-Han Chang, Katrin Koenning, Greer Muldowney, David Bacher, Sven Cichowicz, Frank Ferfort, Colin Delfosse, Glenna Gordon, Rakesh Sahi, Gil Lavi, Riccardo Magherini, Kat Malott, Chuck Smith, Charles Christopher, Robert Larson, Manuel Marano, Kyle Larson, Tristan Duhamel, Robert Presutti, and Robert Herrmann.




Annenberg Space for Photography

Mar 31 2012

Digital Darkroom

Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10 Los Angeles, CA 90067

Admission: Free 

Exhibit: December 17, 2011 - May 28, 2012.

Digital Darkroom features the work of 17 artists from around the world that explore the intersection of art and technology. The exhibit features the work of: Josef Astor, Pierre Beteille, Joel Grimes, Ted Grudowski, Claudia Kunin, Chris Levine, Bonny Pierce Lhotka, Khuong Nguyen, Mike Pucher, Jean-François Rauzier, Martine Roch, Christopher Schneberger, Brooke Shaden, Stanley Smith, Maggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsmann and Jean-Marie Vives.  

Each artist is a master of different types of digital techniques: compositing highly layered imagery, working in 3D and lenticular imaging, meticulously stitching together images, using lighting in highly inventive ways, and so on.  

The show will present an interesting juxtaposition of young artists immersed in digital work against Uelsmann, a master of darkroom compositing techniques. The artists come from a range of backgrounds, each specializing in fine art, commercial art, portraiture, still life, fashion, architectural, or other types of photographic and illustrative expression. However, many of the artists cross genres and combine multiple techniques to create their unique work.

Digital Darkroom is comprised of an 80-image print show with 2-6 images contributed by each of the featured photographers. Hundreds of additional images from Digital Darkroom's photographers will also be showcased in vivid detail on the two 14' by 7' high-resolution screens in the Photography Space's Digital Gallery.

Serving as curatorial advisor is Russell Brown, a Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems Incorporated and an Emmy Award-winning instructor.  Brown was instrumental in the introduction of Adobe Photoshop, which transformed the techniques used to manipulate images.  Renowned for his entertaining style as a Photoshop teacher, he has helped the world's leading photographers, publishers, art directors and artists to master techniques that enable their digital creations.  

The exhibition includes a 3D film shot in 5K resolution using RED EPIC cameras, presented in a specially created screening room. This film includes interviews with 3D experts and historians Ray Zone and David Kuntz, 3D artists Ted Grudowski and Christopher Schneberger, and explores how 3D artists Claudia Kunin and Mike Pucher photograph their subjects and alter them digitally to create 3D results.  Key elements of the history of stereoscopic photography are also in the film.

                            © Garry Winogrand

                            © Garry Winogrand

Getty Center

Mar 31 2012

In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Admission: Free Admission, Parking $15 

Exhibit: December 20, 2012 - May 6, 2012

This exhibition features photographs—made between 1945 and 1980—from the Museum's collection that represent diverse responses to the city of Los Angeles as a subject and to photography as a medium for documentary and creative expression. It is loosely grouped around the themes of experimental photography, vernacular architecture, car culture, and fantasy and the film industry. 

Both iconic and relatively unknown works are included. One of the best known is Garry Winogrand's image of two women walking towards the Theme Building at L.A. International Airport. Though a quintessential New Yorker, Winogrand settled in Los Angeles near the end of his life.


           © Michael Krebs

           © Michael Krebs

           © Michael Krebs

           © Michael Krebs

dnj Gallery

Mar 31 2012

Michael Krebs: Surplus

dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite J1, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Admission: Free 

Exhibit: March 3, 2012 - April 14, 2012.

Reception: March 3, 2012, 6-8pm

In “Surplus,” Krebs explores his view that a war of consumerism is taking place.  In this war, the victims are consumers who are manipulated into pursuing artificially created needs.  Citizens become dependent on their income to buy goods they do not need to remain competitive in today’s society.  Using powerful references to iconic war photographs, Krebs visualizes the modern western consumer’s struggle.  As he explains, “By not showing but only referring to iconic [war] images one becomes aware of how powerful pictures are that already ‘made history’ and have become part of our visual culture.”   

Krebs was born in Klosterneuburg, Austria, in 1985.  After graduating high school, he founded a photography class for HIV-positive children at an orphanage in Honduras.  Krebs created “Surplus” in 2010 as his diploma project for the Masterclass for Design at the Graphische, Vienna.  “Surplus” was exhibited at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, and was nominated for the International Photography Award in the category “Deeper Perspective.”  Krebs is currently continuing his photography studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.  This is Krebs’s first show in the United States.


          © Gil Kofman

          © Gil Kofman

          © Gil Kofman

          © Gil Kofman

dnj Gallery

Mar 31 2012

Gil Kofman: Passages: Case Studies in Euclidean Seduction

dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite J1, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Admission: Free 

Exhibit: March 3, 2012 - April 14, 2012.

Reception: March 3, 2012, 6-8pm.

In “Passages – Case Studies in Euclidean Seduction,” Kofman investigates a new way he has been looking at the geometry of ordinary hallways, or passages.  He states, “I discovered the hallways in this exhibit quite by chance.  I was simply trying to get from one place to the next, and these so-called passages comprised part of the material space I was forced to physically traverse and mentally discard.“  Mindful of the rigid organization imposed by conventional perspective, he examines the common objects in the hallways – chairs, clocks, doors, knobs and garbage cans-- as independent forms free from the constraints of vanishing points, horizon lines and orthogonals.  As the eye rushes down the length of the passage, these objects serve as the focal point of an exploration.

Kofman was born in Nigeria and raised in Kenya, Israel and New York.  He attended the NYU Graduate Film School after studying physics at Cornell.  He also holds an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.  Kofman has also written, produced, directed and edited a variety of fiction, plays, documentaries and other films.  He is currently busy working on two separate film projects.  He has exhibited his work in New York and has previously sold his photographs through a gallery in Rome.  His work is in private collections in New York and Los Angeles and has appeared in the New York Times and other publications.  This is Kofman’s first show at dnj Gallery. 


ADC Contemporary/Building Bridges International Art Exchange/MOPLA

Mar 31 2012


ADC Contemporary, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., F2, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Admission: Free 

Opening reception: March 31st

Exhibition: March 31st - April 30th, 2012.

ADC Contemporary & Building Bridges International Art Exchange presents “The Tree” curated by Anna Dusi, a group exhibition focused on Trees. This exhibition is in partnership MOPLA.

A tree represents a vital and timeless symbol. Immersed in the mist of a dreamy and surreal land, it is rooted in the earth dense with experience. The image of a tree extracts the essence of the harmony, uneasiness, lack or abundance. It enjoys a privileged relation with the environment; it grows and expands in our mental space to become a source of artistic inspiration, a monument erected to protect our history. This exhibition offers cues and suggestions to deepen our understanding of the relationship between man and nature through a vital plot that unfolds in front of our eyes in a intimate and complex manner. These three photographers introduces us through their individual sensibility and narrative intensity, to a natural element protagonist of the exhibition, a Tree. 

Garret Suhrie: Garret Suhrie shoots almost exclusively at the night to shed light on different way to see the world. His work is included in numerous art collections and widely published with clients that include: Daimler Collection, National Geographic, Smithsonian, AEG, Wall Street Journal, PDN, Flaunt and Time Out NY. After years under the employment and mentoring by international icon David La Chapelle, Garret now spends his time as a freelance Photographer, photographing and exhibiting internationally.  Garret is calling Los Angeles home base for the time being. 

Elaine Ling: Born in Hong Kong, Elaine Ling has lived in Canada since the age of nine. Upon arrival in Canada, Elaine was exhilarated by the freedom of space and began her attraction to Stone and places of Nature. After graduating medical school she was based in specialized Northern hospitals and flew into isolated communities from the Eastern to the Western Arctic, from the Northeast coast of Newfoundland to the Northwest coast to the British Columbia. Seeking the solitude of deserts and abandoned architectures of ancient cultures, Elaine Ling has explored the shifting equilibrium between nature and the man-made across four continents.  Ling has exhibited extensively in North, South America, Europe and Asia.

Thomas Basile: As secondary public school teacher he taught art, crafts, history,and yearbook. His love for photography began with a Brownie box camera given to him by his parents. Basile used a Kodak Instamatic camera during he’s teaching years to record his students’ work. After his retirement he began to spend an increasing amount of time with photography and digital darkroom.

Luigia Martelloni:  Born in Rome and live in Los Angeles. 

She graduated with a Master degree at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Rome.  She participated in a number of solo and group exhibition in Italy and in the United States.  Recently her work was shown at the "54th Biennale di Venezia" in Italy and simultanetely at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles. In transforming and reinterpreting every day reality Luigia Martelloni explores the relationship between humanity and nature, worked with multimedia installations, film and photographs. The use of symbols from different cultures and geographic places further layers the reading of her work. The photography is very present, capturing the immediacy of the subject and the essence of the possibility, not to change the reality, but to focus and reinterpreting. Awareness of the conclusion that nothing can surpass the authenticity and beauty of nature.


Bergamot Station

Saturday March 31 , 7pm-10pm

Opening Night for Month of Photography Los Angeles 

Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404

Admission: Free 

Official Opening Night for Month of Photography Los Angeles featuring a gallery hop of participating galleries, Part One of Pro’jekt LA and a special projection by the LA Times hosted by Robert Berman Gallery and Frank Pictures.

Robert Berman Gallery featuring Marla Rutherford: Lay-Text

MOPLA Group Show featuring Ian and Erick Regnard, Man Ray, Jeff Charbonneau & Eliza French, Andrew George, Joe Lewis, Marc Fichou, Lauren Marsolier and Mike Frankel.

Frank Pictures featuring M.A. Katcher: Ceci N'est Pas Une Personne/This is Not a Person

Mercedes Gertz & Nancy Louise Jones: Nymphas Dissolutio

ADC Contemporary and Building Bridges International Art Exchange presentsThe Tree Featuring Garret Suhrie, Elaine Ling and Thomas Basile.

dnj Gallery featuring Michael Krebs: Surplus

Rose Gallery featuring Lise Sarfati: She

Richard Heller Gallery featuring Corey Arnold: Wolf Tide

DJ. Drinks. Projections. Food Trucks


                            © Katina Desmond

                            © Katina Desmond

                             © Katina Desmond

                            © Katina Desmond

TAH Gallery

Apr 01 2012

Katina Desmond: Reflecting Presence

TAH Gallery, 1015 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

Admission: Free 

Exhibition: April 1st, 2012- April 29th, 2012.

Opening: April 14th, 2012, 5-8pm

Tah Gallery presents Katina Desmond's series of photographs from nature - an intriguing selection of hand painted silver gelatin photographs, and archival photo prints on paper and aluminum. Each photograph is transformed masterfully using oil painting, collage and digital techniques which impressively manipulate the images with a fluency that allows the viewer to see the world anew. Desmond's work is imbued with a synthesis of vibrant energy and emotive density - an amalgamation in which two or more distinct layers merge to form a complete image. Her blended techniques of photography, painting and multi-media facilitate the dimensional aspects her work embodies.


The Icon Gallery

Monday April 02 , 6pm-8pm

PDN's 30: New and Emerging Photographers 

The Icon Gallery, 5450 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: Free 


Meet a selection of PDN's 30 Photographers, and learn more about the Emerging 30 with PDN Editor Holly Stuart Hughes, and VP/Publisher, Lauren Wendle.

Anastasia Rudenko

Andrea Gjestvang

Andrew Ingalls

Chloe Dewe Mathews

Christopher Testani

Daniel Shea

Dominic Bracco

Eliot Dudik

Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Jake Stangel

Jenn Ackerman


Kyle Alexander

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Lauren Hermele

Mark Hartman

Mark Mahaney

Mark Fisher

Markel Redondo

Meiko Takechi

Michele Borzoni

Misha Friedman

Mustafa Abdulaziz

Peter DiCampo

Peter Ash Lee

Ryan Pfluger

Sam Kaplan

Sarah Elliott

Sebastian Liste

Yasu + Junko


                                © Marie Cosindas

                                © Marie Cosindas

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Getty Center

Apr 03 2012

Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Admission: Free, Parking $15 

Exhibit: April 3, 2012 - August 26, 2012.

Photography's remarkable propensity to shape visual identities has made it the leading vehicle for representing the famous. Soon after photography was invented in the 1830s, it was used to capture the likenesses and accomplishments of great men and women, gradually supplanting other forms of commemoration. In the twentieth century, the proliferation of photography and the transformative power of fame have helped to accelerate the desire for photographs of celebrities in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and on the Internet. Drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection, the exhibition surveys some of the visual strategies used by photographers to picture the famous from the 1840s to the year 2000.


                        © Herb Ritts

                        © Herb Ritts

                         © Herb Ritts

                         © Herb Ritts

Getty Center

Apr 03 2012

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Admission: Free, Parking $15 

Exhibit: April 3, 2012 - August 26, 2012

Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for his distinctive photographs of fashion models, nudes, and celebrities. From the late 1970s until his untimely death from AIDS in 2002, Ritts's ability to create photographs that successfully bridged the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to the power of his imagination and technical skill but also marked the synergy between art, popular culture, and business that followed in the wake of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition features a selection of Ritts's vintage prints, magazine covers, Polaroids, and commercial video projects.



           © Essau Rosales

           © Essau Rosales

                             © Rodji Muños

                             © Rodji Muños

Edgar Varela Fine Arts

Apr 04 2012

Young Photographer's Alliance Los Angeles

Edgar Varela Fine Arts, 727 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Admission: Free 

A group show featuring the 2010 and 2011 Young Photographer's Alliance Mentoring Program Participants. 


Yasmin Alishav

Elisabeth Sarah Barr

Jeffrey Dojillo


Rodji Muñoz

Esau Rosales

Simone Paz

Bethlehem Stirnaman


                          © Daido Moriyama

                          © Daido Moriyama

                          © Daido Moriyama

                          © Daido Moriyama

                          © Daido Moriyama

                          © Daido Moriyama

                          © Daido Moriyama

                          © Daido Moriyama

Stephen Cohen Gallery

Apr 05 2012

Daido Moriyama: Candid

Stephen Cohen Gallery, 7358 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: Free 

Exhibit: April 5, 2012 – June 2, 2012

The Stephen Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce, Candid, an exhibition of photographs by renowned Japanese photographer, Daido Moriyama.  Candid will include recent color works, as well as black & white images from throughout the artist’s career.  The exhibition will be held in conjunction with Fracture, Moriyama’s exhibition with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  This will be Moriyama’s second showing with the Gallery.

Known as a prolific street photographer, Moriyama’s 35mm images highlight the gritty, everyday experience of life in Japan.  The work depicts mysterious strangers, animals prowling the streets, hidden alleyways, evocative sexual advertisements, window scenes from commuter vessels, and occasionally the unambiguous self-portrait.  Throughout his body of work, there is the sense that Moriyama is capturing a feeling of isolation.

Collectors and critics alike have recognized the enduring importance of Moriyama’s work.  In discussing the artist’s iconic stray dog image in his book, Beauty in Photography, Robert Adams states, “Significant photographs are not...necessarily beautiful.  There are many important pictures that do not contain the full Truth, that do not reveal Form, that do not show us coherence in its deepest sense.  Examples, ones that are nonetheless among the most powerful pictures I know, include Daido Moriyama’s Stray Dog...”

Born in Osaka, Moriyama studied photography before moving to Tokyo in 1961, where he worked as an assistant to the photographer Eikoh Hosoe.  Living in the aftermath of Japan’s devastating defeat in World War II, and the changes that Americans brought to his tightly controlled and traditional country, Moriyama looked to the West for a way to approach and examine the transformation that many traditionalists bemoaned.  He was influenced early on by the work of artists like William Klein and Andy Warhol, as well as Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.  The 1960s and 70s were a crucial moment in Japanese history – while the economy was booming, underneath lay a profound sense of guilt and shame.  Moriyama became a part of the new generation of post-war artists, who were trying to explore these contradictions and capture an evolving Japan.


             © Alex Prager

             © Alex Prager


Apr 07 2012

Alex Prager: Compulsion

M+B, 612 N. Almont Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Admission: Free 

Artist's Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7, 6pm-8pm

Exhibit: Apr 7 – May 12, 2012

M+B is pleased to present Compulsion, an exhibition of new work by contemporary artist Alex Prager. The exhibition will feature a selection of color photographs from the series, as well as the artist’s new short film, La Petite Mort, with accompanying film stills. The exhibition will be shown simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York and London. Compulsion runs from April 7 through May 12, 2012, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, April 7 from 6 to 8 pm.

MoMA curator Roxana Marcoci has described Prager’s work as “intentionally loaded,” saying “it reminds me of silent movies — there is something pregnant, about to happen, a mix of desire and angst.” Prager’s new work furthers her exploration of subversive narratives through the construction of “scenes” inspired by media tragedies and paired with emotive close-ups of eyes. The eyes, whether interpreted as belonging to the viewer or the subject, operate as a mode of investigation—an aid to decoding the scenes and implicating the viewer by provoking an emotional response.

Inspired by the photography of Weegee and Enrique Metinides and films such as Metropolis and Un Chien Andalou, Compulsion confirms Prager’s vivid cinematic aesthetic.  Unlike her previous work, however, the protagonists now remain anonymous and distant. Prager’s new series investigates the complexity of observation within a society inundated by compulsive spectators, as well as the recurrent discourse in photography — that “meaning” is often derived from a multiplicity of gazes.

In addition to provocative juxtapositions, Prager manipulates the scenes through her choice of cropping, continually interrogating the truth content within photography — a trope as old as the medium itself.  As artist John Baldessari has noted: “For most of us photography stands for the truth, but a good artist can make a harder truth by manipulating forms . . . It fascinates me how [one] can manipulate the truth so easily by the way [you] juxtapose opposites or crop the image or take it out of context.” Prager’s altered and manufactured scenes, in conjunction with the evocative eyes remove the images from their original context and allow them to acquire new associations.

In her new short film, La Petite Mort, starring French actress Judith Godrèche, Prager navigates the mysteries of death through a woman experiencing the boundaries of her body and those of this world. Prager’s La Petite Mort (which literally translates to "the little death," but is a common French expression for an orgasm) declares that “the act of dying and the act of transcendent love are two experiences cut from the same cloth — the former a grand exit, and the latter a slow escape. Indeed, many of the world’s greatest poets have long considered a passionate interlude as man’s closest moment to seeing god.” The film features music by composer Ali Helnwein and Director of Photography Matthew Libatique (Black Swan, Iron Man, Requiem for a Dream).

Born in 1979, Alex Prager is a self-taught photographer who lives in Los Angeles, California. Featured in MoMA’s New Photography 2010, Prager’s work has been exhibited at institutions worldwide. Additionally, her photographs are in the permanent collection of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Moderna Museet (Stockholm). Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, W Magazine and Art in America.

For more information, please contact Shannon Richardson at M+B at (310) 550-0050 or shannon@mbart.com.


                                                   © Jesse Chehak

                                                   © Jesse Chehak

                                                       © Michael_Muller

                                                       © Michael_Muller

Edgar Varela Fine Arts Gallery

Saturday April 7 , 6pm-9pm

Play it as it Lays: Picturing California 

Edgar Varela Fine Arts Gallery, 727 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Admission: Free 

Play it as it Lays: Picturing California is a group photography show of California images that share a quiet and somber tone. Images of people seeking connection and focus, as well as landscapes that illuminate a certain psychological haze that one could argue is distinct to California. On a grander scale, this haze seems to transcend California and taps into a timely sensibility of people trying to navigate through social and political blurriness to figure out who they are in the world, dealing with what they have. The pictures evoke the inner-workings of individuals alone in their own head. Alone, yet not necessarily lonely.  Just free to awkwardly unravel and to get lost for a while in the landscape of California.

Participating Artists include:

Michael Muller

Jesse Chehak

RJ Shaughnessy

David Black

Danielle Nelson Mourning

Todd Cole

J. Wesley Brown

Danielle Levitt

Amanda Marsalis

Alex Hoerner

Emily Shur

Jason Nocito

Zen Sekizawa


J. Bennett Fitts

Lauren Dukoff

Thomas Prior

Megan Mack

Sean Garrison

J. Bennett Fitts

Curated by Audrey Landreth


                         © Hunter Barnes

                         © Hunter Barnes

                         © Hu  nter Barnes

                         © Hunter Barnes

                         © Hu  nter Barnes

                         © Hunter Barnes

Kana Manglapus

Apr 11 2012

Hunter Barnes: The People

Kana Manglapus, 1346 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Admission: Free 

Exhibit: April 11, 2012 - May 21, 2012

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 11, 6pm-9pm

Kana Manglapus projects, in collaboration with Milk Gallery in NYC, is pleased to present "The People," by Hunter Barnes, his first exhibition in Los Angeles.

Hunter Barnes’ photo documentary of the Nii Mii Puu, a Native American Tribe, is the result of a four-year journey he began in 2005.  The first photographer in over a century invited to document the tribe, Barnes gives us a rare glimpse into a world largely unseen and ignored.

Barnes was first introduced to Uncle Irving, a respected elder at the Tamkaliks Pow Wow, a celebration of traditional Native American Culture, in Wallowa Oregon.  They soon developed a close kinship and Irving invited Barnes to meet the families that fill this body of work.  Hunter spent extended periods of time at both the Lapwai Idaho and

Nespelam Washington Reservations, witnessing a traditional Native American culture making the transition to the modern age.

"Seeing this transition firsthand compelled me to document a people moving between two worlds," he says.

Hunter Barnes is a documentary photographer who focuses his artistic gaze on the faces of proud groups of people who are consistently misrepresented in the modern American narrative.  Under the tutelage of Dr. R. Heist, he earned a Degree in Photography and Photochemistry.  Distinguishing Himself from his photographer peers through the integrity of his process from concept to print, he shoots exclusively in Black and White Film and Polaroid 665 Negatives and prints his own images adhering to the archival darkroom methods of the generations of masters who preceded him. In his home and creative retreat, nestled in a valley in the natural reserves of Oregon, he produces silver gelatin, fiber-based limited edition masterpieces each year.  His photographs flash us into moments and scenes most people will never get to experience first-hand during their lifetime.  Barnes cherishes the friendships he builds with people who recognize his sincerity and allow him access to their private worlds. After establishing their trust over meaningful dialogue and shared experiences, he frames his subjects as they are and where they dwell.


                         © Ansel Adams

                         © Ansel Adams

                        © Ansel Adams

                        © Ansel Adams

drkrm gallery

Apr 12 2012

Ansel Adams Los Angeles

drkrm, 727 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 

Admission: Free 

Exhibit: April 4, 2012 - April 21, 2012

Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12-4pm

Ansel Adams Los Angeles, rarely seen photographs that reveal the lost landscape and lifestyle of a prewar Los Angeles. These nostalgic images from the archives of The Los Angeles Public Library Ansel Adams Collection, represent Ansel Adams as a photojournalist on assignment for Fortune Magazine in 1940.


                                              © Seda Baghdasari

                                              © Seda Baghdasari

                                           © Christine Caldwell

                                           © Christine Caldwell

                                              © Claduia Kunin

                                              © Claduia Kunin

                                                    © Gwen Samuels

                                                    © Gwen Samuels

                                     © Sylvie Cogranne

                                     © Sylvie Cogranne

KGB Studios

Saturday April 14 , 6pm-10pm

Beyond the Image: Techniques and Technologies that are Changing the Face of Contemporary Photography 

KGB Studios, 1640 North Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Admission: Free 

Exhibit: March 26, 2012 – April 19, 2012, Tuesday – Friday, 3:30-7:30pm

VIP Collectors and Press Preview:

Saturday, March 24, 6-10pm

Artist Reception:

Saturday, April 14, 6-10pm

Panel Discussion & Closing Event:

Thursday, April 19, 7-9pm

When is a photograph more than just a pretty picture?  When it’s done by one of these 5 talented artists, who have created works of art and installations utilizing diverse technologies, uniquely creative applications and complex techniques to create works “BEYOND THE IMAGE,” pushing the boundaries of photography to new heights.

Featuring the photography of:

Christine Caldwell

Seda Baghdasarian

Sylvie Cogranne

Gwen Samuels

Claudia Kunin

Artist Panel moderated by Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Critic and Curator

Curated by Dale Youngman


             © Doug McCulloh

             © Doug McCulloh

             © Doug McCulloh

             © Doug McCulloh

Venice Arts Gallery

Apr 18 2012

Doug McCulloh & Susan Straight: More Dreamers of the Golden Dream

Venice Arts Gallery, 610 California Ave., Venice, CA 90291

Admission: Free 

Exhibition: April 9 - May 11, 201

Reception: April 18, 2012, 7pm

Venice Arts Gallery in association with MOPLA will premiere More Dreamers of the Golden Dream, a new, collaborative project by photographer Doug McCulloh and writer Susan Straight. The pair have been traversing the Inland Empire and discovering stories, histories, and dreams unique to the landscape of orange grove and vineyard, river and desert. Venice Arts will present the official MOPLA associated exhibition from April 9th–May 11th. McCulloh and Straight will hold a free special public presentation and reading on Wednesday, April 18th, at 7:00 p.m. The exhibition arises from a continuing series that McCulloh and Straight publish on television station KCET’s website entitled “Notes of a Native Daughter.”  At the Venice Arts Gallery, McCulloh’s large-scale photographs will be paired with Straight telling the tales. Visitors can use cell phones to hear audio narratives accompanying the images. The exhibition will also feature McCulloh’s recent project Dream Street. It's a chronicle set in motion when the artist wins the right to name a new street and decides to document the revealing and sometimes brutal process of building a new neighborhood in Southern California.

Free street parking available on Lincoln Blvd. and on Nowita Pl.


            ©Johnny White

            ©Johnny White

          © Suzanne Adelman

          © Suzanne Adelman


Apr 20 2012

Analog Salon and EVFA Present: Looking Glass

Samitaur Constructs, 3535 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA 90232

Admission: Free 

Artist Reception: April 20, 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Everyone knows a painter, for example, starts with a blank canvas and piles of pigment and that whether they makes landscape, portrait, or abstract images based in whole, in part, or not at all on external phenomenon, that the thing they make is wholly created from “nothing” or, put another way “imagination” whereas photography by definition involves interacting with the external world not entirely of your making. For LOOKING GLASS I’ve assembled a dozen photographers whose work is in various ways made in a collaboration between the imagination and the world — to explore ways that the camera is an expressive, fantastical, imaginative and pliable medium as well as form of document that contains evidence of external reality.

-Shana Nys Dambrot, Guest Curator 

The Analog Salon is a fine art photographic exhibition space housed at Samitaur Constructs, the noted architectural firm, in partnership with Digital Fusion, a premiere digital photographic rental and post-production facility and produced by Edgar Varela (EVFA). Located in Culver City, California, The Analog Salon highlights the exceptional talent of new, emerging and established photographers with an emphasis on Los Angeles based artists. Supporting the arts by providing not only a space but a full production and marketing effort to showcase talent and support artist projects, The Analog Salon will contribute to the art dialogue integrating its associated artists and partners as an important part of the cultural life of Los Angeles.

Participating artists:

Gary Baseman

Lawren Alice

Sam Comen

Marjan Vayghan

Jody Zellen

Mark Schumacher & Scott Elgart

Sara Jane Boyers

Emily Bradley

Johnny White

Jennifer Vanderpool

Suzanne Adelman




MOPLA/BritWeek LA/Mr. Musichead Gallery

Apr 21 2012

Six Shooters

Mr. Musichead Gallery, 7511 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90046.

Admission: Free 

Exhibition:  April 21st, 2012 - May 3rd, 2012.

Opening Reception:  Saturday, April 21st, 5-8PM.

In association with MOPLA, BritWeek, Los Angeles and Mr Musichead Gallery present the music photography exhibition Six Shooters featuring the work of Andrew Cotterill, Andy Fallon, Paul Harries, Mick Hutson, Roger Sargent & Andy Willsher who are six of the UK’s most talented music photographers. The exhibition will run from April 21st, 2012 until May 3rd, 2012. There will be a public opening reception on Saturday, April 21 from 5-8PM.

Six Shooters is an exhibition of work by six London-based rock music photographers.  Their work frequently appears in publications such as NME, Mojo, NME, Q, Metal Hammer & Kerrang & Uncut.  Photographic subjects include Morrissey, Paul Weller, Beth Ditto, Jarvis Cocker, Lee Scratch Perry, Lemmy, Lily Allen, Ozzy Osbourne, Richard Ashcroft, The Libertines, Oasis, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Neil Finn, Slipknot, Slash, Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Thom Yorke, Bono, Josh Homme and many more.


Taking place April 24 - May 7 this year, BritWeek is “THE celebration of British excellence in California. BritWeek, (a non-profit organization) operates with cooperation from US & UK government entities, leading businesses and local organizations of all sizes to produce a stellar line-up of events for every budget and inclination. The program features art & design, film and television, music, theatre, literature, science & technology, fashion, retail, cuisine, pro sports, vintage cars, business innovation awards, star-studded red carpet receptions & charity galas, museum exhibitions…and the list expands each year.”  For further information about BritWeek & all the great events planned for 2012, please visit www.britweek.org



Apr 25 2012

PRETTYBIRD, UNION EDITORIAL and KENTcollective present...

Union Editorial, 12200 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Admission: Free, with required RSVP 

An evening of work from PRETTYBIRD photographers:

Chris Stanford, Jen Rosenstein, John Huba, and Michael Miller.

ON||PAUSE is photography in the creative workspaces of commercial production houses.

Smashbox Studios 

Thursday April 26 , 7pm-10pm

MOPLA + Smashbox Group Show 

Smashbox Studios, 8549 Higuera St., Culver City, CA 90232

Admission: Free with RSVP

Opening night features 40+ photographers, DJs, drinks, MOPLA raffle, and Smashbox  yello! photobooth.

Featuring the work of:

Ron Azevedo

Allan Barnes

Jimmy Bazan

Edwin Beckenbach

Tatiana Botton

Liz Bretz

Mike Byrne

Natasha Calzatti

Ed Canas

Eric Charles

Susan J Chen

Bryan Chipka

Gilda Davidian

Sven Dreesbach

Nick Farrell

Lewis Francis

Tatiana Gerusova

Amro Hamzawi

Daryl Henderson

Diana King

Olga Lacosta

Bobby Lee

Tamar Levine

Christopher Malcolm

Gray Malin

Claire Mallett

Ann Mansolino

Erin Meehan

Noe Montes

Mallory Morrison

Ren Navez

Matteo Patocchi

Valerie Patterson

Rollence Patugan

Kristen Perman

Gregory Prescott

Claire Rosen

Eleonora Ronconi

Frank Schaefer

Dave Slodki

Cameron Smith

Christian Smith

Emma Sywyj

Alison Turner


Juried by:

Dee Delara – VP Creative, Smashbox Studios

Jen Jenkins – Founder, Giant Artists

Jill Greenberg – Photographer


$10 donation at the door for Snapshot! (Lucie Foundation at-risk youth program) gets you the 2012 MOPLA tote + a raffle ticket to win a bounty of goodies.



Broadway Art Space

Friday April 27 , 7pm

WIP FLASH 2012: First Nature 

Broadway Art Space, 929 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Admission: Free 

WIP FLASH is a MOPLA (Month of Photography L.A) event featuring Women In Photography.  Artists exhibiting in the show include Lyndie Benson, Sherrie Berger, Nicole Berry, Tatiana Botton, Jiana Jenny Chen, Martha Cooper, Jana Cruder, Alison Dyer, Lelah Foster, Barbara Grover, Ula Gomez, Sara Hoskins, Maria Kolligian, Tracey Landworth, Nicole LaMotee, Cynthia Loebe, Margaret Malandruccolo, Gabrielle Revere, Claire Rosen, Paola Salazar,  Kathie Shapiro, Bonnie Shiffman and Molly Surno.

WIP FLASH is in Santa Monica for one night only. The exhibition will start at 6pm for Heal the Bay members with a private, VIP curator presentation. To attend the private VIP reception, please RSVP: nburdick@healthebay.org.

The exhibition will open to the public at 7pm.

Enjoy treats from local food truck favorites Kogi and the Green Truck, with wine tastings by VENO KADO and cocktails poured by Stoli. Music by violinist DJ Manifesto.  Valet service available.  WIP FLASH will donate 20% of photography sales proceeds to benefit Heal the Bay.