photo l.a. – blending an array of stories

Steve Kahn, The Hollywood Suites, 1974-1976, Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery

The 22nd International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition (photo l.a.) features storytelling from around the world.

[By Franceasca Seiden]

THE 22nd INTERNATIONAL LOS ANGELES PHOTOGRAPHIC ART EXPOSITION  held at the SANTA MONICA CIVIC AUDITORIUM during MLK weekend (JANUARY 17 – 21, 2013) blended an array of galleries highlighting photographers and their famous images for this ever changing art forms enthusiasts to see. 

Photo la is considered the best platform held in the US for meeting with photography collectors, curators and artists in Los Angeles. It is annually celebrated for having an outstanding programming series addressing the most current topics in the converging worlds of art and photography, 40 + exhibitors and this year’s gala reception benefiting the Inner-City Arts program.

This year’s honorees were photojournalist Bill Eppridge, Hollywood’s golden age entertainment photographer Phil Stern, with timeless candid shots of celebrity, politicians, athletes, assassinations, wars and set photography — a combination of glamour meets grit displayed in the classic style of their time. The last of three features was the Inner City Arts, an organization partners professional photographers with students in the Skid Row area. (Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row where professional artists teach students in a real studio environment. Since its inception, Inner-City Arts has served more than 150,000 of the city’s most at-risk children at no cost to the students.) 

This year’s programming schedule had it’s share of interesting panels ranging in discussions from the virtual and changing marketplace, Robert Mapplethorpe at LACMA, Young L.A Artist Roundtable, Art in Fashion and of course the daily docent tours from senior curators from The J. Paul Getty Museum and Nelson-Atkinds Museum.

Although various images from around the globe were displayed their was undeniable emphasis on old Hollywood, Rock n’ Roll legends and famous cinematographers. On set photography dominated the nudes, experimental techniques, landscapes or installation.

Overall for any budding shutterbug or professional, Photo la is a chance to get inspired, meet people and collect some outstanding images.  The annual presence of Photo la serves as an array of international storytelling from around the world, with tales of yesteryears without words or sound. After all, a picture tells a thousand words. 

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