photo l.a., the longstanding photographic art exposition, returned to the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for its 22nd edition on January 17 - 21st, 2013. The fair closed with a strong attendance of over 10,000 and exceeded expectations of its co-producers Claudia James Bartlett, Wayne Fernandez and founder Stephen Cohen, "We are honored to annually bring together the photographic community for a weekend of incredible energy, sales and learning". photo l.a. continues to prove itself as an institution and as a platform for dealers from around the globe to come together for the exhibition of vintage masterworks and contemporary photography, as well as video and multimedia installations creating the juxtaposition that differentiates photo l.a.
photo l.a. continued to present outstanding programming with a series of lectures, roundtables and docent tours with Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator, Nelson-Atkins Museum; Weston Naef, Curator Emeritus, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum; Deborah Bell, Vice President, Specialist Head of Photographs Department at Christies and Gordon Baldwin, former curator, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum. Programming highlights included Weston Naef's Collecting panel, the Fashion and Photography, New Technologies & Social Media and the Architectural Photograph roundtables. Renowned photojournalist Bill Eppridge spoke about his experiences documenting the 1960s, specifically, Robert F. Kennedy's final campaign. Matthew Thompson, curator and author of "The Anxiety of Photography" - led a round table discussion with a mix of younger Los Angeles artists Andrea Longacre-White, Anthony Pearson and David Benjamin Sherry.
Point of View, an installation featuring selections from noted Los Angeles collectors was a centerpiece of photo l.a. This well received exhibit highlighted the wealth of connoisseurship that exists in Los Angeles. Collector’s statements, placed alongside the photographs, put into perspective the relationship between artist and collector.
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