Last weekend, the Los Angeles photo community found itself in Santa Monica for 4 days of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and portfolio reviews at the 2013 photo la exhibition. It was a place to see old friends and make new ones, a place to see what galleries are featuring, what work resonates with collectors, how work is framed and presented. This year there were about 70 exhibitors, a number of schools with photo programs and non-profit organizations had booths, there were a variety of installations and exhibitions, and there were galleries from around the globe. After a few years of economic repositioning, the work represented was more on the traditional spectrum, with few large wow color pieces, but lots of collectible and appealing work to be found.
Photo by Gray Malin
During photo l.a. I was busy teaching a workshop, reviewing portfolios, and seeing old friends, so my reporter skills were dulled, but fortunately, one of those friends, Santiago Vanegas, visiting from Atlanta, did some on-the-fly photography for me. Muchas gracias Santiago!
images by Santiago Vanegas
Susan Spiritus doing what she does best....
Susan Spiritus' busy booth!
Time Space Gallery, China
Lee Tonks at the LAAA/825 Booth
Isabel Munoz's fabulous curves at the Duncan Miller Gallery
Alia Malley's collected print at the Point of View installation
where collectors shared works they had purchased....
Verge, one of the busiest booths of the show
Liz Huston's daguerreotypes sold out at Verge
Artist's Corner Gallery with Bookmaking
Louis Klaitman Gallery
Entrance to the Emerging Focus Exhibition, Clay Lipsky's Atomic Overlook
CSUN Art Department booth