photo.l.a. Celebrates 26th Season at Historic LA Mart Building Downtown

Los Angeles, CA – January 5, 2017

The international photographic art exposition, photo l.a. will take place at The Reef, located in the historic LA Mart building in Downtown Los Angeles, January 12-15, 2017. The 2017 photo l.a. exhibition will launch with the annual Opening Benefit Gala on Thursday, January 12, from 7-10 p.m., honoring the luminous and pioneering career of Weston Naef, founding curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum and author of numerous books on the history and art of photography.

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John Belushi, 1981, Los Angeles, 16 x 20, Vintage silver gelatin JPEG

For 26 years, photo l.a.—the longest-running art fair in Los Angeles—has engaged the global arts community, bringing together more than 10,000 attendees each year from ardent enthusiasts to serious collectors. What started in 1991 as a casual meet-up for artists, galleries and collectors organized by art dealer Stephen Cohen of Stephen Cohen Gallery, has transformed into an unparalleled global showcase of photographic art, which ranges from 19th-century masterpieces to contemporary, cutting-edge photography-based work.

This year’s exposition aligns with Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), which has moved from April to January to reflect the fair’s importance in making the city of Los Angeles an international photography destination. photo l.a. 2017 has teamed up with the Lucie Foundation to present 11 days of featured photographic programming, called Converge. For the first four days of this initiative, photo l.a. 2017 will offer dozens of programs, lectures and seminars including an activation with skateboarding legend Arto Sarri and panel discussions on subjects such as Snapchat as a form of photographic art and the synergies between fashion and photography.

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Richard and Mildred Loving on their couch, King and Queen County, Virginia, 1965

Among the many other highlights of this year’s photo l.a. are two curated installations by Monroe Gallery of Photography. The first showcases LIFE magazine photographer Grey Villet’s intimate images of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, whose marriage in segregated Virginia in the 1960s is chronicled in Jeff Nichols’ newly-released feature film, Loving. The other, Tony Vaccaro: War, Peace, Beauty, exhibits work of the Pulitzer-Prize winning war photographer, exploring combat photography and its impact on public perception of war on the home front. Vaccaro’s fascinating life story is also the subject of a recent and well-received documentary.

“Our mission is to continue engaging and supporting the international community, which shares our passion for photography, while cultivating new audiences through distinctive programming across creative disciplines,” says photo l.a. director Claudia James Bartlett. “We are proud to now have over 80 exhibitors, who foster an ongoing dialogue about the changing landscape of photography and its important role in the art world at large.”

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Georgia O’Keeffe, Taos Pueblo, NM, 1960

The work of award-winning Canadian-born artist Penelope Umbrico will also be featured in a contemporary installation that combines photographic prints with various elements—repurposed plexiglass sourced from recycling centers, frame shops or the streets of Los Angeles; plastic lenses from deconstructed LCD screens and televisions; house paint, cardboard boxes. By presenting these abstract by-products as formal compositions, the artist presents a new twist on technology with their own visionary aesthetic evocative of abstract Modernism.

Tickets for the Opening Gala on Thursday, January 12, from 7-10 p.m. are $80 in advance or $100 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Lucie Foundation and John Wayne Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. Funding novel and innovative programs that improve cancer patients’ outcomes, the cause saves lives through pioneering research, education, awareness and support.

General admission to photo l.a. is $20 in advance; $25 at the door. A three-day pass is available for $30 online or $40 at the door. Seniors and students receive a $5 discount. Programs are ticketed separately. A limited number of all-access passes, which include admission to the Opening Gala, the three-day photo l.a. exposition and all of its programs are available for advance purchase at $450. The exposition is open on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at:

The 2017 photo l.a. exposition, Gala and programs will take place on the second floor of The Reef, located in the historic LA Mart building at 1933 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The Reef Mart offers affordable onsite parking and is also accessible by Metro.

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All Photographs Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography

24th Annual Photo L.A. Returns To Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA – Jan. 15, 2015

The 2015 international photographic art exposition photo la will take place from Friday, January 16, through Sunday, January 18, at The REEF/LA Mart in downtown Los Angeles. Now in its 24th year, photo la is one of the largest and longest-running expositions in the world to focus on photographic art, bringing together leading PPw8NkLJZruHQ8_2GXjON8zWnjclCiM7DB5YHudWnf0galleries, museums, universities, and nonprofit organizations from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. This year’s photo la will provide an unparalleled showcase of photographic artworks, ranging from 19th Century masterpieces to contemporary, cutting-edge photography-based art.

“Stephen Cohen founded photo la in 1992 to unite and support the international community of experts, enthusiasts, collectors, and artists who share a love of photography,” says Claudia James Bartlett, director of photo la. “And our unique combination of gallery installations, curated exhibits, and programming support this mission.”

As in previous years, photo la will include a diverse range of programming to foster an ongoing dialogue about the changing landscape of photography and its role in the art world at large. Highlights include daily tours of the exposition led by renowned curators, such as Weston Naef, curator emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Department of Photographs; artists talks with PJdK5SoncIF4Z5u6kZYjk2-X6OcNOGebxIpLKLKBmNsMona Kuhn and Brian Bowden Smith; and roundtable discussions on topics ranging from the role of photojournalism in the fine art world and Los Angeles’ influence on fashion photography. Other roundtable discussions provide a unique view into the world of collecting, and the installation Point of View: Selections from Los Angeles Collections features works from many of Los Angeles’ preeminent private collections.

For professional and aspiring photographers, photo la offers expert-led programs about self-publishing, funding opportunities, and finding representation, as well as educational workshops on topics like printing, lighting, software, and other tools.

The 24th annual photo la will launch with its Opening Gala on Thursday, January 15, at 7 p.m.

This year, theEIXNXLNZJtz1IYdjlQ0AikfOIMf4sCeauZ12-y0L6S4 Gala will honor Catherine Opie, one of America’s preeminent documentarians, and her lifelong contributions to the arts. Additionally, photo la will feature an installation of Opie’s work, which will be on display for the entirety of the weekend.

Tickets for the Opening Gala are $80, with proceeds benefiting the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and The Painted Brain, a Los Angeles-based arts organization.

General admission to photo la is $20 in advance; $25 at the door. A three-day pass is available for $35 online; $40 at the door. Programs are ticketed separately. A limited number of all-access passes, which include admission to the Opening Gala, the three-day photo la exposition, and all of its programs, is available for advance purchase at $450. Tickets can be purchased online at:

The 2015 photo la Gala, exposition, and programs will take place on the second floor of The REEF, located in the historic LA Mart building at 1933 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The REEF/LA Mart offers affordable onsite parking, and is also accessible by Metro. With the LA Art Show taking place simultaneously at the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center, photo la will provide free shuttle service between the two fairs, once again creating a destination arts weekend in the heart of LA. For out-of-town visitors, The Standard Hotel Downtown LA is offering special rates for photo la guests, with discounted daily rates starting at $185 with the promotional code PHOTOLA.
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23rd Annual photo l.a. Honors Photographer, Douglas Kirkland

Los Angeles, CA: January 16, 2014
     The 23rd Annual photo l.a. ( held it’s opening night gala this evening and honored iconic photographer, DOUGLAS KIRKLAND.
     With a career spanning more than five decades, Mr. Kirkland who has photographed over IMG_36322000 subjects and more than 600 celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Angelina Jolie.  His photographs can be seen in permanent collections  of museums around the world and he has published several books of photography, including, “Freeze Frame,” Coco Chanel: Three Weeks, “An Evening with Marilyn” and the recently released “A Life in Pictures.
     Celebrity guests this evening included Danny Masterson, Moby, Elle Fanning, Jamie Ward (Les Miz) and Brandon Boyd from the band Incubus
     photo l.a. is presenting Audrey_Hepburn_1965_2_its widest collaboration of photography yet, exhibiting works dating from the 19th century, up through the most cutting edge contemporary photo-­based art.
     photo l.a. will continue its celebration of the photographic arts, both through the exhibition of internationally renowned galleries and as a platform for education and discussion. Known for its dynamic programming, photo l.a. will once again spearhead a unique series of lectures, roundtable discussions, and docent tours as a valuable supplement to its exhibitions.  
     Tonight’s opening night gala will benefit local nonprofit arts organization, Inner-City Arts,  an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row.
     WHEN: photo l.a. runs from Thursday, January 16, 2014 through January 19, 2014.
     WHERE: LA Mart
     1633 South Broadway (at Washington)
     2nd Floor
     Los Angeles, CA 90007